22 February 2009

Agyness Deyn, 1983, England

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  1. Her real name is Laura Hollins.

    Deyn has been hailed as "the fashion industry's next great supermodel" and an "ambassador of British youth culture".

    Deyn's name was apparently coined after she consulted her mother's friend, a numerology expert who advised her of the most 'fortuitous' way to spell the name 'Agnes'. It was reported that her mother Lorraine and sister Emily have both changed their surname to Deyn, while Lorraine has changed the I in her first name to Y.

    Deyn's working life started serving part-time aged 13, at a fish and chip shop in Ramsbottom. Even at an early age she had an eye for style and by 17 she had already had her head shaved. "I’ve had short hair since I was 13, and when I was 17, I had a skinhead." In 1999, she won the Rossendale Free Press "Face of '99" competition, aged 16.

    In May 2007 she was featured on the cover of Vogue from USA, alongside Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.

    In May 2008 Deyn was guest editor of i-D magazine. The issue was devoted to her and includes articles written by and about Deyn, as well interviews she conducted with fashion insiders such as Vivienne Westwood.

    Deyn provides vocals for the single "Who" by Five O'Clock Heroes as well as featuring in the video. The single was poorly received by NME, who gave it only a 2/10.

    Until recently she was a member of the now defunct group Lucky Knitwear. It has been rumoured that she has formed another band, 'Gene Jacket', with friends Jackson Pollis and Alanna Masterson, but this is yet to be substantiated.

    Deyn dated Josh Hubbard of The Paddingtons for four years. In August 2008, she announced her engagement to Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes.

    She has recently relocated from Primrose Hill, London to New York City.