Nadja Bender

By
Photography Christian Brylle

Published November 22, 2016

PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN BRYLLEMODEL: NADJA BENDER/GOSSIP MODEL MANAGEMENT. CASTING: DAVID CHENSPECIAL THANKS: FAST ASHLEYS.  

Danish model Nadja Bender isn’t resting on her laurels. Scouted at the age of 21 by her downstairs neighbor, Bender’s first-ever campaign was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Gucci. Since then, she has gone on to front campaigns for the likes of Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Fendi, and H&M. Though she’s been at the top of the modeling industry since she her debut five years ago, Bender believes the best is yet to come. Her hope for the future is “to be someone I can be proud of one day,” and in her daily life, she is inspired by art, music, books, and the people who surround her.

THE PERSON I ADMIRE THE MOST:
People that can inspire greatness. 

QUESTIONS I CAN’T ANSWER: 
Who am I?

MY GREATEST ADVENTURE:
I’m still on it, so I’ll tell you on the other side. 

EVENTS I WISH I’D WITNESSED: 
Matisse sitting in his garden and painting. 

THINGS I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE ABOUT MYSELF:
 
Listen—there is still so much to learn.

GAMES I PLAY:
Puzzles, backgammon, and cards. 

MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT:
I haven’t achieved it yet.

MY GREATEST VICE: 
Funnily enough, I don’t have any. 

THINGS I’LL BE REMEMBERED BY:
Nothing yet, but hopefully that will change.

SOME THINGS I’D RATHER FORGET:
Primary school.

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: 
Not wishing you were somewhere else. 

ONE LAST FAVOR I’D LIKE TO ASK:
Please, stand on the right side of the sidewalk.

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