The supermodel and musician decorated their first home together in Nashville, Tennessee, with a simple color palette and standout pieces.
Hygge—the Danish concept of creating a cozy home—took the decorating world by storm in recent years, calling for cedar-scented candles and chunky knit throws. But leave it to an actual Dane, Victoria’s Secret Angel and newly minted Maybelline spokesperson Josephine Skriver, to reinterpret it in an unexpected way. The Nashville home Skriver shares with her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Alex DeLeon, eschews earth tones for grayscale, but still projects a palpable feeling of comfort.
“I’ve always liked it clean and simple, but somehow still cozy,” Skriver explains. “I’m not a big fan of a lot of colors, because the design itself has to stand out.” Luckily, her partner has similar proclivities; DeLeon, who performs under the moniker Bohnes, curated the photographic art in the home, almost all of which is in black-and-white. “The house isn’t supposed to be what’s loud,” DeLeon explains. “The life that you live is supposed to be what’s loud. I think that is represented in the house perfectly.”
The lengthy renovation process, however, was actually partially on purpose: “This is both of our first houses and our first house together; it’s our baby!” Skriver says. “That’s why the redesign took a lot longer, because we took our time to make sure everything was right. Nothing was rushed.” The same couldn’t be said, however, of the decision to move to Nashville. DeLeon was familiar with the city from touring, but Skriver had not visited until the couple spent a weekend there two years ago. “Later that same week, Jo said, ‘That’s where I want to live,’” DeLeon recounts. “And she spins her laptop around and points to this house and says, ‘This is the one.’”
Part of the appeal for Skriver was the six acres of wooded land that surround the house. “I think it’s the first place in America that reminds me a little bit of Denmark,” she explains. “I felt so at peace and so at home here.” The house, a modern design with oversize windows that look out into forest, is certainly an anomaly compared to other homes nearby, many of which are more traditional colonials. “We jumped on it because there are only a handful, if that, that even exist in Nashville,” DeLeon says. The end result is a home unlike any other in the city. “There’s no photo on earth that can capture the magic of actually being in that space,” Tomlin says. “It’s one of my favorites.”
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.”
When Victoria’s Secret Angel, Josephine Skriver, was a child, football was off limits. Her mother, at a same-sex marriage, did not want her daughter, who was conceived by IVF (in vitro fertilization), to fall into the “gay family” trope, becoming a tomboy. “She tried to get me to do everything” Skriver says. “Like dancing and gymnastics.”
Although Skriver finally reached the age of 12, playing in defense for the school team, did not last long. She began to be seen on soccer field trips and, at the age of 15, signed with Denmark’s largest modeling agency. (Good news to his mother, who had been praying for it ever since Skriver wore newborn diapers.)
You’d think, with such a glamorous side line, Skriver would have abandoned his after-school cleaning. “Actually, it was great because I could practice walking in high heels while I was vacuuming” she laughs. “I have not been able to use them at home since they damaged the floor.”
But it was worth it, because two years later, Victoria’s Secret called her. They took her to New York Fashion Week, then filmed a catalog with Adriana Lima. “At that moment, next to Adriana, I knew I wanted to become an Angel” says Skriver. In February last year, at the age of 22, she fulfilled her dream.
Now the Danish model has other ambitions, like becoming a doctor or going to Mars. “Recently, I became really interested in space. I’d like to visit Mars for a few days” she says. “If I can figure out how to get the money for a ticket …” Does anyone help a supermodel?
The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards ceremony targeting young people who can vote and choose their favorite music, film, TV, fashion and more. The first one is already open, and that’s where YOU choose who will compete for the prizes.
Just like last year, JSBR wants to team up with fans so we can get Josephine nominated for some category and get her the long-awaited award. So for this to happen, we need help from all of you, we will refer you to Josephine in the following categories: #ChoiceInstagrammer, #ChoiceFemaleHottie and PRINCIPALLY #ChoiceModel.
To vote is super easy, you should have a Twitter account and use the following sentence: My #TeenChoice nominee for #Categoria is @JosephinSkriver.
EXAMPLE: My #TeenChoice nominee for #ChoiceModel is @JosephinSkriver.
My #TeenChoice nominee for #ChoiceModel is @JosephinSkriver
My #TeenChoice nominee for #ChoiceFemaleHottie is @JosephinSkriver
My #TeenChoice nominee for #ChoiceInstagrammer is @JosephinSkriver
VOTING RULES: Your vote will not be accepted if you have emoji in the tweets, the numbers will be accepted only if it is in full (ex: one, two, three, four ..), remembering that the number of times you can vote during The day is UNLIMITED!! There will be no excuses not to vote for Josephine, use the phrase at the beginning or end of each Tweet.
The vote will go until June 08 at 13:00, Brasília time! We’ll have two days to vote. Vote until your fingers are tired, the year of Josephine is wonderful and with that will be even more. We know how much she deserves, so let’s focus on it!
The awards will take place on August 13 and will be broadcast on FOX!
Yesterday night, 05, one of the most important awards in the fashion world, also known as Oscar of fashion, the CFDA Awards 2017 (The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards) was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The event in partnership with Swarovski for the sixth consecutive year always honors great American designers, but this year in addition they also rewarded the political activists who shape the world with a special plaque. Josephine, for the third year, attended the event, and this time she showed beauty and elegance in the red carpet wearing a sexy striped suit from the winter 2017 collection of Naeem Khan. Check out photos of the event below: