Nikita Klæstrup

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Nikita Klæstrup (born 8 November 1994[1]) is a Danish political commentator, fashion model and reality TV star. Klæstrup is a member of the Liberal Alliance, but was a member of Young Conservatives until after the 2015 general election.

Early life and education[edit]

Klæstrup was born in 1994, the daughter of a Social Democratic father and a mother who was a former member of the Red-Green Alliance.[1] She comes from the Guldborgsund Municipality. Klæstrup is a student from Vordingborg Gymnasium and HF,[2] and is now a rhetoric student at the University of Copenhagen.

Political career[edit]

Klæstrup was a member of the Young Conservatives (Konservativ Ungdom, or KU) until 2015. During her time in that party, she was local association president in Lolland-Falster KU from 2012-2014. She ran for the Conservative People's Party in the Danish local elections in 2013 for the council in Guldborgsund Municipality. She received 128 personal votes, but was not elected.[3]

Klæstrup changed to the Liberal Alliance after the general election in 2015.

Model and media attention[edit]

Klæstrup has worked as a fashion model for several years, including topless pictures. The combination of her political work and her physical appearance has secured her a lot of media publicity. The first time she received attention was during the Municipal elections in 2013, when she won a competition for This year's election babe[4] held by the tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.[5]

At the University of Copenhagen's 110-year anniversary gala in 2015, she attended in a deep-cut reverse halter dress which caused a stir in both Danish and foreign media.[6] She was covered by the local press including Berlingske[1] and Jyllands-Posten.[7] Later that year she appeared in a photo shoot for men's magazine M! which also showed her scantily dressed on the front cover.[8] Her media performances made her the most Googled Danish politician and the most Googled Danish woman in a survey by Google Denmark in 2015.[9]

Following the media attention, she appeared as a guest participant on TV3's reality series Paradise Hotel in 2016.[10]

Political commentator[edit]

Klæstrup penned a letter to the editor after Copenhagen Pride (the Copenhagen Municipality's annual gay pride parade) dissenting the event as promoting discrimination of homosexuality. She noted that the parade contributed to the stigmatization of homosexuals who do not want to be associated with this "circus parade".[11]

In addition, she has criticised Freetown Christiania several times, including a speech in 2014 in Berlingske, where she called it a "harmful parallel society" and "a disgrace to Copenhagen", which was "an affront to law-abiding Danes."[12] She believed that the Freetown should be normalized and converted into an ordinary residential area. Her comments led to violent reactions, including several personal threats. An 18-year-old woman was subsequently sentenced to a suspended prison sentence for making death threats against Klæstrup.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ida Laursen Brock (31 January 2015). "Nikita Klæstrup - konservativ og kontroversiel". Berlingske.
  2. ^ Søren Munch (30 April 2014). "KU-næstformand Nikita Klæstrup får alligevel politiets hjælp efter dødstrusler". Jyllands-Posten.
  3. ^ "Personlige stemmer - Guldborgsund kommune - Kommunalvalg d. 19. november 2013". KMD. 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ Thomas Harder (8 November 2013). "Topløse-Nikita og billedet der ikke går på valgplakaten". Ekstra Bladet.
  5. ^ Nils Henrik Frimann (20 November 2013). "Valg-baben: Pyt med det – jeg har jo vundet!". Ekstra Bladet.
  6. ^ Eksempler:
  7. ^ Nola Grace Gaardmand og Kirstine Dons Christensen (15 March 2015). "»Jeg er ligeglad med, om du er pornomodel, husmor eller topchef«". Jyllands-Posten.
  8. ^ Morten Bruno Engelschmidt (25 April 2015). "Nikita Klæstrup smider toppen: Jeg bliver kaldt bimbo og uintelligent". TV 2.
  9. ^ Rasmus Palludan (16 December 2015). "Mest googlede danske kvinde: "Jeg går da ud fra, at nogen ville høre mine holdninger... håber jeg."". Jyllands-Posten.
  10. ^ Maiken Kolby og Kicki S. Bengtsen (1 February 2016). "Nikita Klæstrup med i Paradise Hotel". Ekstra Bladet.
  11. ^ Nikita Klæstrup (1 September 2013). "Muskuløse mænd og militante kvinder". Jyllands-Posten.
  12. ^ Nikita Klæstrup (26 April 2014). "Christiania er en hån mod de lovlydige". Berlingske.
  13. ^ Cathrine Bloch og Søren Ploug Lilmoes (29 August 2014). "Kvinde dømt for dødstrusler mod konservativ ungdomspolitiker". Berlingske.