“Beauty without intelligence is a masterpiece painted on a napkin.” “Personality affects appearance, so I always think positively.” “Working was a new thing; waking up early in the morning and going to bed late at night… But I’ve met a lot of nice people, I’ve been to New York, London, Paris. I like traveling”

Meet Barbara Palvin (born 8 October 1993). She is a Hungarian model and is one of the highest paying models in recent times. She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2016. In 2019, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel model.

She was born and brought-up in Budapest, and often travelled to the countryside to visit her grandmother and great-grandmother. When she was 13, she was discovered on the streets of Budapest while walking with her mom by a modeling scout. She shot her first editorial in 2006 for Spur Magazine, and subsequently moved to Asia where she maintained a steady stream of bookings. Since then, Palvin has been on the cover of L’Officiel (Paris, Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore), Vogue (Portugal), Marie Claire (Italy, Hungary), Glamour HungaryElle (Britain, Italy, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Serbia, Hungary), AllureHarper’s Bazaar and Jealouse Magazine. Palvin has appeared in campaigns for Armani ExchangeH&M, Victoria’s Secret, and Pull & Bear. In February 2012, she became an ambassador for L’Oréal Paris. In 2016, Palvin was revealed to be a part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Class. She also became the new face of Armani‘s signature scent “Acqua di Gioia.” Palvin is the face of Amazon Fashion and appeared on Express and Chaos advertising campaigns.

Her runway debut was for Prada during Milan Fashion Week in February 2010. Palvin has also walked for Louis VuittonMiu MiuNina RicciEmanuel UngaroChristopher KaneJulien MacDonaldJeremy ScottGiles DeaconVivienne WestwoodEtro, and opened the pre-Fall 2011 Chanel show. In 2012, she walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and wore Rosa Clara on the Barcelona Bridal Week 2012 runway.

In 2016, she was ranked 4th in Maxim Hot 100Tumblr‘s 2017 list of most popular models reported Palvin to be the second most popular model on the social media site.

Palvin returned to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2018. The next year, she became the first Hungarian Victoria’s Secret Angel. Palvin’s curves and non-standard runway measurements have been considered by the media to be the brand’s direction toward “body positivity“.

Palvin is often compared to Russian model Natalia VodianovaBritish Vogue editor Miranda Almond said, “We chose Barbara because she is absolutely exquisite looking, a cross between a young Brooke Shields and Natalia Vodianova”. Palvin credits Vodianova and Kate Moss as her favorite models.

Palvin appeared in the 2014 film Hercules as mythological queen Antimache.

Since 2018, Palvin has been in a relationship with American actor Dylan Sprouse and they live together in Brooklyn.

“I don’t try to impress people. Sometimes my jokes can be very harsh; I’m very sarcastic. I would joke about something disgusting, and my agent might be like, ‘OK, maybe leave that behind for this one meeting. The burping? Maybe don’t do that,”she quips.

PALLAB BOSE is a Career Coach, Motivational Speaker, Soft Skills Trainer, Content Writer, Podcaster, Blogger, Show Director & Show Anchor. He regularly writes articles and blogs on Soft skills, Motivation, Jobs & Careers, Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle, Bollywood & Hollywood Movies, Travel, Food etc.

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