By now, we’ve spent so much time hanging out with Josephine Skriver—we were there to see her get her Victoria’s Secret wings; we’ve done an intense toning workout together; we had a good ‘ol girls night with burgers and face masks in Paris; we *even* talked salad bars at Coachella—we should probably get some friendship bracelets. As much as we’ve zig-zagged around the globe for quick, often very glamorous (what would you expect?), meetups, it wasn’t until Skriver asked us to join her for a day in L.A that we got a real peek at the life of a supermodel and the newest face of Maybelline. As it turns out, all the usual suspects were on the agenda: a high-intensity boxing workout at Aerospace LA (because looking like *that* takes hard work), a pit stop at Moon Juice, and lots of exploring (by foot)…. and that’s all before 10 a.m. Yes, she’s a morning person. And after reading below, you might become one too.
“I always have a bottle of water next to my bed and that’s the first thing I chug. I think it’s super important to stay hydrated and nothing clears my skin up more and gives me energy like water.”
Why the hours before everyone else wakes up are the most important:
“My mornings are just for me. I like to wake up pretty early. My boyfriend is a night owl, so those are my hours to just be with myself. I usually wake up three or four hours before I have to be at work, so that I have that time to sit with my coffee and think about the day. If I’m stressed I like to write down goals. Things that I have to do so that my brain doesn’t have to fully scramble around everything—it’s good to put down on paper and see what the day is all about.”
It’s also when she gets her workouts done:
“[After my coffee] I go to the gym and that’s an hour just for me. I love a high intensity [workout]. I love anything weight related. I think that changed my body more than anything. But I also love boxing or going for a sprint or a run. I love breaking a sweat and being active.”
The love/hate relationship she has with this exercise:
“Nothing will give you a better workout than burpees. It’s a full body move and I hate them more than anything, but I can’t not love them because they do so much. When you’re just in your hotel room and there’s no gym, just see how many you can do.
“My trainer used to have this thing that every minute you’re late you would have to do 10 burpees. One time I was stuck in traffic and had to do 100 burpees before we could start the workout. I felt like it took me a whole hour and it was hell [laughs]. I was so sore the next day. I was never late again.”
The exercise that’s her biggest challenge:
“I’m weird in the sense that the more [an exercise] hurts, the more I like it. I just get frustrated when there’s stuff I can’t do. I had a really, really hard time learning how to jump rope. For a good year and a half to two years I just refused to do it. I wasn’t even good at it in school. It was never my thing! But there was one trainer that was really patient with me and he tapped into my competitiveness and taught me. I’m still not great at it but I can manage to workout with it. I think it’s like that: if there is one workout you do not like it’s probably because you should practice it more.”
After her workout…
“I go back, get ready, and have my breakfast at home. I prefer to have my breakfast at home because at work people start doing your hair, doing your makeup and then eating breakfast can become complicated.”
A typical breakfast always includes:
“Some version of eggs and veggies. Sometimes scrambled, sometimes an omelette, sometimes sunny side up, anything you can do with eggs [laughs].”
Her on-the-go fuel up:
“It’s really important to fuel up and usually when I’m on the go, I’m having a protein drink or a juice or anything that has energy in it. I took you guys to Moon Juice and I think they are just fun. Their dusts are really good and I mix them into my coffee in the morning. I’m getting kind of addicted to it! Last time I was there I bought three or four dusts and two lattes, so I spent at least three figures, which is kind of embarrassing [laughs].”
It all happens before 10 a.m.:
“Usually my day starts at this point. Either work happens or I see friends or go shopping. I’m a pretty active person, so even on my days off, I like to stay active. I love to bike everywhere, I love to go on an evening run. In L.A., especially—my friends think I’m crazy—I have to walk or bike everywhere, even if it takes me a day to do it. It’s a really cool way to people-watch and see the world, and get some activity.
She does it when she travels too:
“I always have my running shoes with me. It’s not necessarily that I’m going for a run, it’s more about taking a casual stroll around. It’s a really fun way for me to explore a city. I rather get lost and try to find my way back.”
The first thing she does when she gets home:
“I take my makeup off. I work so much in the industry and I want to make sure that my skin is really good and that I’m hydrated. It’s a time to relax. I’ve already done my workout in the morning, done my work, and I’m free when people call, to see friends or to go out, or to sit and watch Netflix and fully get sucked into it at night. I love that my evenings are free. There’s nothing better than being a morning person in my perspective.”
What she’s binge-watching on Netflix:
“I’m all about the Marvel show right now. I’m such a fantasy nerd.”
What’s usually on the menu for dinner:
“It’s takeout or room service a lot of the time. If I have a night at home and I’m able to cook dinner, it’s really nice because I love being in the kitchen. I’ve always loved cooking. One of my favorite things to do is make a roasted chicken. It takes forever to make, so it rarely happens. Or I like to make steak. I got this new cool machine that cooks it perfectly.”
A typical room service order when she’s on the road:
“I’m always about protein and veggies at night. Carbs for me are usually in the morning or during the day when I can still burn it off. In the summer, I usually find that I want salmon or chicken or steak with some veggies.”
Her last meal ever would be:
“I’m a simple girl. I still think nothing beats a really good steak. I love BBQ—sitting on a porch somewhere and hanging.”
Her nighttime routine:
“I wash my face with water and mild soap. Then I put a serum, moisturizer or oil depending on if my skin is dry or super oily. My skin changes a lot with traveling—sometimes it’s extremely dry, sometimes it’s really oily, so I have different creams for each situation. I make a point of not doing anything but washing my face in the morning. I think you develop natural oils throughout the night and I don’t want to strip my face of everything. I try to keep it to a minimum. I think the key is to make sure you do not leave your makeup on.”
Check out the photoshoot by clicking on the thumbnails below:
While the rest of us are frantically trying to get in shape for the bikini season, Victoria’s Secret models put in long hours doing squats to be prepared for the bikini all year round. Read below the fitness secrets of Josephine in time for the launch of the new collection “White Hot Summer” by Victoria Sport:
“They really hurt“, she says. “But slowly I’m becoming addicted to the pain I feel when I work hard because I know I’m going to see the results. In fact, I hate waking up and not feeling sore. “
POINTS OF PROBLEMS: “Burpees will be my death”, she says. “Burpees is targeting a few different muscles, so they’re tough but great for you. A love-hate relationship is for sure. “
FITNESS GOAL: “My proudest moment was when I finally did my first pullups and pushups” says Josephine. “I’ve always had strong legs, but when I started my weight training journey, I could not do a single push.” She did push-ups earlier this year, and in November she made her first pullup.
#Fitspiration: “Do not be afraid of weights” she says. “I think a lot of girls have the wrong idea about weights. For most people, it will not make you look superstar like a bodybuilder, but it will make it look firmer and toned.”
Josephine is stamping three different covers of the June 2017 Harper’s Bazaar Turkey edition. Josephine stopped New York traffic when photographed by Frenchman Jack Yerim Waterlot wearing designer clothing such as Tommy Hilfiger and Versace. The model gave an interview that talked about how she started her modeling career, beauty and about her relationship with her boyfriend Alexander DeLeon. Check out all the material below:
Everyone has a turning point in their life. But the best stories are always models’. They are discovered in beaches, supermarkets etc, what is your story?
We were on a trip with my football team. We were staying with a family in Delaware via exchange program. We came to NY for a day. When we were at Times Square, just as we were passing Madame Tussauds someone from an agency asked my coach if I was considering modeling. Back then we only said no and walked away. I remember thinking how weird that question was and I could never picture myself as a model even in a million years. But when I came back to Denmark, ironically I was asked the same question 4-5 times by Unique Models, the biggest agency in our country while walking down in the streets, I was confused. When I had a chat with one of my aunt’s best friends, we decided to call the agency. We had a nice conversation, and I was signed nearly 5 mins after I arrived there! I couldn’t believe what happened. That’s how the life of a quiet, shy girl living and trying to get by in Copenhagen changed.
And the rest just happened right after, right?
Actually I wasn’t prepared mentally for modeling. I was only 15&school was my priority. When I was 16, I gave my all to my school’s sports academy. I wanted to enjoy my teen years before I jumped into a foreign world. I’m still sensitive about the fact teens are forced to grow up so early! That’s why I had my first NYFW experience when I was 18. Then everything happened right after. I took part in nearly every fashion show that year. You know the rest…
Where is Victoria’s Secret in your life?
Josephine: As they said, nothing happens overnight. Being chosen as a VS angel happens step by step. It takes hours, years, sweat, tears, and hardwork. It is not enough to be your best physical-self, you have to be at max mentally and emotionally. There is no better honor than being cast as an angel in my career. I remember how I watched Helena Christensen, the first Danish angel with admiration.
Where do you live?
New York and Nashville! I love how I have a home in both places: it is my yin yang. Living in Nashville makes me miss the big city chaos. And New York makes me miss the tranquility of Nashville.
If you wanted to summarize how your life has been going, what would you say?
Josephine: I’d definitely say that I’m living my dreams. I still poke myself to see if these are all real. People might think my good career is the reason of my happiness. But the truth is what makes me happy is the fact that my career is so demanding and unpredictable.
Even though you are very busy with work, how do you recharge your body and soul whenever you get the chance?
I’ll say spending time with my friends because the best treatment I can give to myself is to laugh! I’m always on the road so when I get the chance, my priority is to receive love and laughs from my family and friends.
Sports are a big part of your life, correct?
Josephine: Yes, I’ve always been sporty. I used to join every sports team and try all. They called me “tomboy”. I wanted to prove that girls can be as good as boys at sports. Now I do sports only for myself and it has become my therapy. Everyday for 2 hours, I leave all my problems aside. Recently, I’ve been focused on lifting. It has shaped my body faster than anything I’ve ever tried. Whichever sport you’re into, at the end of the day your motivation should be to aim to be the best you can be.
Let’s talk about your style, your wardrobe…
Honestly my favorite wardrobe is my boyfriend’s! I can combine pieces of his with mines. For example, I wear my VS pieces with his John Elliot’s. His wardrobe keeps getting smaller because I get a lot from him. Like all women I too can’t resist completing my looks with nice shoes and bags. I almost never go out without my Chanel “Boy” or my Saint Laurent blazer.
A cliched question; but we wonder everything you do for the sake of beauty and skincare.
I keep everything simple with skincare. I wash and moisturize my face day-night. I tried so many products so I don’t have a favorite yet. I don’t do makeup when I’m not working. Maybe some browpencil, concealer and mascara. I drink liters of water and I don’t think there is any better skincare than that. I start my day with warm water and lemon. And getting enough sleep is just as important as water.
You are only 24 but you already have 4 million followers on social media. Isn’t that mind blowing?
Social media has been so good to me, I get to keep in touch with my fans. I love writing to them and learning about their lives. I find this amazing to keep in touch with everyone I love. Of course living on the phone isn’t a good thing but it has more pros than cons.
Now we are at the favorite part of your story: your original birth story and your childhood. We are all shaped by our childhood memories and we wonder yours a lot.
I never thought about this until I got old enough to start being asked about it, did you know that? I never even though it’d make people wonder, that’s when I found out love and family shouldn’t be defined with limitations. Why do we do that? Because when there’s a definition it only has one meaning. But family means to different people can be different, I don’t think blood relations have to do with family either, love and family can be however you want it to be. I’m not trying to inspire and support a group of people while saying this. My purpose is to tell eveeyone love is more than a definition. You should look at different POVs and not just one. I learned this from my family so much that us not being a traditional family didn’t change anything at all for me.
I’m sure your story made brilliant contributions to your character.
Absolutely! It made me very open minded. I never view anything with limitations. I can try to put a triangle in a square social codes have never concerned me. This growed my feelings of empathy to those who are left out, who can’t raise their voices. I am thankful because I can see world in this way.
And love… The love you and your boyfriend Alexander DeLeon have for each other is so strong that we can feel it through our phone screens. Considering that love has many types; what is yours like?
I was a hopeless romantic in my teen years. I was living for those tales in books and movies hoping they could be real. You start to doubt those tales when you start to grow older. But I still kept on hoping. I felt like I couldn’t settle for anything less than those tales, and somehow I found Alexander. Aka the person who makes me feel better in every way, the person who made me grow and laugh, loved me for who I am, loved my weirdnesses, and I love his. He filled me with life that I never know could exist that much. There’s something I’ve learned for sure: Never settle for anything less than you want. And never leave someone like that when you find them.
“I’ve tried every workout, and I think it’s a journey that everyone has to go through to find out what works for their body. The best advice I can give you is to make sure it’s fun. If exercising does not have to be lifting weights or spinning, Zumba can be dancing, swimming, or hiking. I tried everything from yoga to Spinning to Pilates, and the workout I adapted to was weights. I finally got the myth that girls develop muscles so quickly that I was scared that I would lift a weight and be muscular, but really, if you stick with it and take a few weeks off, muscle memory helps to jump from come back.
“On a good week, I go to the gym five days a week, sometimes three days a week, or sometimes I can not even go in one, so I really try to listen to my body. I always say that every day is a good day to go to the gym, and because of the schedule I have, I can not say ‘Oh, I go on Mondays’ because I do not know what I’m going to do next Monday. Do not feel guilty about yourself, set a goal that is accessible, do not go overboard, and find a friend. Exercising with friends really helps. That’s how girls get motivated because we’re like, I really can not go, and one of the Angels is going to say, “Hey, we’re doing a 7pm practice-join us!” There is no such thing as a bad workout. Even if you make a half hour, it’s good to go.
“A year and a half ago, I decided to be a morning training person. It took me four months not to hate it – I was such a night person, but there was always a dinner, or something came up, or a friend wanted coffee, or you sit on the couch and you turn on Netflix. So I really did something. It’s like eating breakfast for me now. It’s just a habit; That’s what i do. I do not ask myself, ‘Do I want to wake up at 5 in the morning to work at 6 in the morning?’ I just set my schedule which is just what it is. So it’s a habit for me, and it takes a while to form a habit.
“My workouts are a long hour. I would say that 80% of my workout is weights, and then I add to cardio once or twice a week. I realize that I lose my muscles when I do cardio. Some of the other girls do more cardio because it’s better for your body shape – again, it’s so hard for me to give you specific information and say, if you work like that, your body will look like mine. Half of it is genetic, and half of it is figuring out what works for you. But it’s a trip, and it’s hopefully a fun trip. ”
There are some people out there who can just [eat anything]. I know one of my friends, she’s that person. She works hard, but she can eat whatever it is, whenever she wants, and it’s kind of annoying. But that’s why I love talking about it because, for me, I want to feel sexy and I want to build shape, so it’s all about working and building that butt and building shape and curves, and you have to eat at Compliance, you have to eat in moderation and healthy.
“For me, I travel the world and sometimes I have three red eyes in a week, and if I do not eat for fuel or eat to stay energized … I can not live without hamburgers! I might not win as much as some people, but I would be dropping out if I ate sugar all the time – it’s more like health awareness for me, but I also always do the 80/20: 80% of the time, I eat the way Healthy and I exercise, and I stay on a schedule because I really am all about taking care of my body. My body is like my temple, and you only have one dose”.
I never believed in the word diet – I believe in lifestyle. I do not believe in quick fixes. There is no such thing as doing 30 abdominal exercises and then you get a six pack. Even if you do very well for three months and you look great, the second you stop … it has to be like a lifestyle. I’ve always been active, so in that sense, it was not difficult for me to exercise, but I exercise a lot. “But then you have to let yourself be fooled from time to time, you have to give yourself a day of cheating and give yourself a boast – in fact, I hate cheat day, so I call it treat days. ‘Oh, I should be ashamed! You should not feel guilty about eating a hamburger, but for me, it’s more about knowing the nutritional value of what’s in a good piece of chicken or vegetables. Eat the right kind of carbohydrates and think about what will keep you energized throughout the day.
“I do not follow anything strictly. I just eat a lot of protein and a lot of vegetables, and I make sure to have my carbohydrates, because the way I exercise, I need healthy carbohydrates like brown rice or sweet potatoes because if I cut carbs, I do not I would have no energy To do what I do. For breakfast today, I had scrambled eggs, spinach and a cup of brown rice. I would say that most of the time they are grains, protein and rice, but sometimes for lunch, I do not do the same number of carbs because it makes me sleepy. But for breakfast, it’s a good start – especially after training, I’m tired and I need fuel for the whole day. My biggest meal is breakfast, sometimes I have twice because I’m very hungry
“I used to drink a lot more milk when I was at home [in Dinamarca], but I do not love milk here – it’s just like a thing of taste. But I did not really cut any food groups. I just think everything in moderation – I feel like the second you cut something that becomes ‘Oh, I’m not allowed to have it’. I obviously do not like sugar and junk food every day but I make sure once a week that you have a good day of delight and you’re just going to enjoy it.
“For snacks, I love everything from fruit to carrots or walnuts – like a handful of nuts keeps me energized or just a half portion of what I ate earlier. I always carry fruits and nuts with me. Walnut bars are good and easy to bring in your purse. ”
Last Wednesday, 10, Josephine along with Angel Stella Maxwell gathered at the Victoria’s Secret store on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue to publicize the new Bombshell fragrance and among several interviews the couple gave, they talked a little With the US Magazine about his favorite scents and his blond hair. Check out the interview below:
Which scent is your jam? How can you even choose?
Maxwell: The Paris one is my favorite. It’s a little woodier, muskier… it’s got a little bit of jasmine… that’s more my vibe than a sweet florally one. But I also like Bombshell Summer — it makes you want to get out on the beach… it’s warm and energetic.
Skriver: I love the Bombshell, the iconic one — it’s in between sexy and sweet. It has a warm vanilla note at the end.
Where do you spray your fragrance?
Skriver: Everywhere! I feel more naked without fragrance than I do without underwear. I even put fragrance on before bed. I just spray it all over. And when I go away on a trip, I spritz my pillow so my boyfriend misses me. I’m just like, “there you go, byeee!”
Maxwell: I spray it behind my ear, because if anyone’s going to hug you, they’re going to smell that area.
And how about makeup — do you feel naked without that, too?
Skriver: Summer’s all about minimal makeup. As soon as you get a little sun on your face, you get a natural glow.
Maxwell: I like a tinted moisturizer. Laura Mercier and Max Factor have really good ones.
Skriver: A little lip and maybe concealer. I forget I have makeup on, so I like to use a little matte lip stain. The new Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stains are great because they stay on but they’re also easy to take off. Plus, they have a lot of Vitamin E in them so they don’t dry me out.
What’s going on with your hair? Are you both natural blondes?
Maxwell: I highlight mine but she hasn’t touched her hair.
Skriver: If I’m on a beach vacation, I’ll put a little lemon in my hair. I’ll dip my fingers in lemon juice and just run them through my hair, it gives you a really nice highlight. But you don’t want to do that too much because it kind of burns your hair. Sometimes I’ll just dip my head in the ocean. The salt water brightens your hair like nothing else.
Since you’re always modeling lingerie, how do you get your body skin to glow?
Maxwell: I’m really big on sun cream. I try to go with a 40 or 50 SPF. I like the ones that are aerosols that give you a little sheen.
Skriver: I eat a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning or I’ll put it in my coffee if I can’t take the taste. It really moisturizes from within.
In a challenge launched by Coveteur during Coachella’s Victoria’s Secret Angels: Martha Hunt, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, and Romee Strijd mounted their own salads and the responses were delicious. Check out how Skriver has set up his: