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Front Row at Valentino

Rie Rasmussen and Fan Bing Bing sat front row at Valentino.

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TAKING CHARGE: Rie Rasmussen is back, and she’s on a roll. The Danish model, artist and filmmaker, who recently signed a global contract with Next Model Management, has been taking meetings with her new team in Paris this week. Speaking at the Valentino show, the 33-year-old said she made the switch from One Management because she was spending most of her time promoting other people. “It’s been a very strange path. I started One with Scott Lipps and I’m still one of the owners,” she said. “But in all this time, I felt that personal management for me just wasn’t being done at One.” Rasmussen said Lipps remains a friend, but she is looking forward to ramping up her profile, both in terms of promoting her artistic output and starring in advertising campaigns. “I feel for women, it’s important, especially in this environment of extremely anorexic looking 13- to 17-year-old girls who are retouched,” she said. “There are these already gorgeous models who instead of training and working out and having a healthy diet and rocking their bodies as a piece of art, they just don’t eat and they look honestly sick.” It should come as no surprise that Rasmussen is an ardent defender of women’s rights. As she pointed out, Tuesday’s show coincided with International Women’s Day, a movement born in Copenhagen in 1910.