Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann
|Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann|
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann
July 26, 1983
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||The New School
London School of Economics
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (born July 26, 1983) is an American food editor and writer, fashion model, and socialite of Italian, Swedish, French, and German descent. She is the daughter of Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini and American Jonathan Wiedemann (a Harvard-educated Microsoft design manager and former fashion model) who were married from 1983 to 1986 after having met at a Calvin Klein photo shoot. Her maternal grandparents were Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
Wiedemann was born and raised in New York City and attended high school at the United Nations International School, where she became fluent in French. Growing up, Wiedemann suffered from scoliosis, a spinal condition that had also afflicted her mother, and had to wear a back brace 23 hours a day from the ages of 12 to 17.
She attended college at The New School, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. She attended a two-year graduate school program at the London School of Economics in order to receive a master's degree in biomedicine.
Wiedemann worked as a fashion model and spokesperson for over 10 years before Impatient Foodie. She was discovered by Bruce Weber and quickly became one of the industry’s most coveted models, shooting with photographers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Mario Testino, and Craig McDean for magazines such as American Vogue, French Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Another, Muse, GQ, French Elle, Italian Elle to name a few. She has also been a spokesmodel for Lancôme's since 2004 and done ads for Lancôme makeup, fragrance, and skin care worldwide.
While she was modeling, Wiedemann attended graduate school at the London School of Economics (LSE), ultimately receiving her Masters of Science (MSc) in Biomedicine in 2010. Her MSc dissertation was an analysis of a biotech proposal known as Vertical Farming and the future of feeding urban populations in light of climate change. At the time, her dissertation was the first ever cross-disciplinary analysis of Vertical Farming, for which she received the top possible mark of a Distinction.
Upon graduation from the LSE, Wiedemann launched a pop-up restaurant, GOODNESS, which fused her passion for food with fashion. GOODNESS featured a different chef and different menu every day was an immediate success. GOODNESS popped up twice at NY Fashion Week and at Iceland’s Design March Festival before turning into a show (Elettra’s Goodness) on Vogue’s new channel. Guests included Blake Lively, Seth Meyers, Grace Coddington, and Karlie Kloss).
Wiedemann is the Executive Food Editor at Refinery29 as well as the founder and writer of Impatient Foodie, a food blog that navigates her desire to eat "good" food (delicious, healthy, and responsibly sourced) while balancing her severe impatience and goldfish-like attention span.
Impatient Foodie is where Wiedemann shares recipes she has created and/or tested herself that impatient cooks all over the world can easily (and quickly!) recreate. Within just a few months of launch, Impatient Foodie was featured in numerous publications including Vogue, The New York Post, The Daily Mail (UK), Elle US, Elle China, Yahoo Food, Yahoo News, Madame Figaro, and Racked, ManRepeller, and Food and Wine Magazine. In January 2015, Wiedemann served as a brand ambassador for Moet & Chandon and was asked to create the recipes for two signature champagne cocktails to be served at the 72nd Golden Globes.
Elettra has three half siblings from her father's second marriage. She also has a brother on her mother's side. Wiedemann raced in several triathlons and three half Ironman races (Ironman 70.3). For her last race (Ironman 70.3 in Lake Stevens) she renounced energy gels and baked all her own, bite-size food for racing fuel and is convinced it helped her achieve her fastest 70.3 time.
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