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Face Value: Five Models Talk Fashion Week

WWD caught up with a handful of breakout models to discuss how they’re gearing up for their second season of New York collections.

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Alexander McQueen RTW Spring 2012

Photo By GIOVANNI GIANNONI

NADJA BENDER

Stats: 21 years old; from Copenhagen; repped by New York Models.

Spring runway scores: Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen.

Toughest part about collections: “For McQueen, I was going to wear this lace mask covered in pearls and I couldn’t see s--t so I got a new mask, thank god! And the shoes, they were for Lady Gaga and no one else. I was like, ‘I’m going to die!’”

Second toughest part about collections: “I tripped in the fitting to confirm Versace last season. I was this close to hitting Donatella, and I broke the shoe! The assistant said, ‘It’s OK. You’re like the fifth girl to do it today.’”

NYFW uniform: “Black jeans, black T-shirt, black jacket, black boots. But in Paris they want me to be more girly-girl and wear dresses.”

Runway wish list: “I’m really hoping to get Proenza Schouler. I watched this documentary on them and they’re so smart and adorable! My girlfriend, Caroline [Brasch Nielsen], did some looks for them and she got to keep so much. Walking in her closet is like going to Barneys.”

NYFW boot camp: “I do push-ups sometimes. I don’t know if it’s working though.”

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