Even though Clarine de Jonge (16, VDM Model Management) still lives with her parents in a Dutch village called Bussum and has not finished high school yet, she has already scored some pretty big jobs since she got scouted as a 14-year-old (while shopping at Zara!). Last season for example, she was a Calvin Klein exclusive and even got to close the show. “Walking that show with the skyline of my favorite city – New York – in the background made me feel so proud! It was hard to hide my happiness on the catwalk.”
You walked the Dior cruise show in Cannes last month! What was that like?
The location was spectacular. It was in Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace, with a really beautiful view of the sea. We did four shows and the last one was during sunset and there was fireworks. It was nice to see the all celebrities who were there because of the film festival. I had a really fun and relaxing time with the other models, because this obviously isn’t as busy as during Fashion Week. We also got really cool Dior sunglasses as a souvenir!
What’s your favorite TV show?
House of Cards, because I’m really interested in American politics. It’s just such an exciting show! I always get totally sucked in.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I actually wanted to become a model. And my sister wanted to be a fashion designer, so we were always fantasizing about how we would work together.
What’s your favorite place on earth?
New York! What’s not to like about that city? I love buying designer clothes for nice prices at Century 21, having lunch on the High Line, strolling trough all the different neighborhoods, visiting Magnolia Bakery in The Village, buying delicious and healthy food at Dean & Deluca, going to the flea market in Williamsburg, having dinner at the Boathouse in Central Park – I could go on forever!
What’s your favorite item in your closet?
My little black dress from Topshop.
What’s your favorite drink?
What’s the last message you sent on WhatsApp?
I wrote “Where do we meet?” and sent it to my two best friends: Eke and Suus.
What’s your favorite song to dance to?
Our Own House by MisterWives.