Everything about Naomi Preizler is striking — tousled, long blonde hair, thick eyebrows, head-turning personal style. Six months into her full-time modeling career, this Buenos Aires native is making a name for herself, having appeared in the resort presentations for designers such as Alexander Wang, Richard Chai, and Catherine Malandrino. Look for her editorial features in Dazed & Confused, V and Pop magazines this September, as she heads into her first New York fashion week.
Height: 5’9 1/2″
Home country: Argentina
Birth sign: Libra
Favorite designers: “I love Margiela, YSL, and I like Balenciaga as well.”
Favorite body part: “My eyebrows.”
How did you get into modeling?
“I was 15 and was stopped on the street. I was very shy back then. I laughed, but I didn’t take it seriously. So I started to investigate all the models and the agencies. I became very enthusiastic about it. I had to convince my parents because they wouldn’t let me. I think they’re not convinced yet.”
If you weren’t a model, what would you be?
“I’d be doing something in fashion or art, because I like to paint. I do it when I have time. I’m taking a course at the New York Academy of Art.”
What do you do when you’re not modeling?
“I always carry a sketchbook. When I’m in the subway, mostly I draw people reading books because they don’t notice I’m drawing them. So I wear my sunglasses and all my drawings are people reading books.”
What are your favorite wardrobe pieces?
“I have a lot of Alexander Wang clothes because I did their resort presentation. There’s a dress with zippers on the side. It’s kind of a trench, but it’s a summer dress. Every time I wear it, people stop me on the street and say, ‘Who made that dress?'”
What’s on your iPod?
“I’ve been listening to a lot of Argentinean music lately. It’s back to my roots. Soda Stereo and Fito Paez. I’ve always listened to Sixties and Eighties rock ‘n’ roll. I love the Smiths, the Kinks, the Beatles. I’ve been listening a lot to Fela [Kuti], a Nigerian musician from the Seventies. I’ve seen the musical [FELA!] here on Broadway. I love the music. I’m also listening to ‘The Brown Bunny’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’ soundtracks.”
Is there a model that inspires you?
“When I was starting to be a model, I really liked looking to Daria Werbowy. She was really interesting. I also like Natalia Vodianova, what she has created — a whole empire. And she’s short, and she’s totally not the ‘normal.'”
What are your modeling goals?
“As much as I can — to the end. There’s not a limit.”
What’s your “must-have” beauty product?
“Toleriane fluid from La Roche-Posay and olive oil for the hair.”
Do you have a blog? Or a Twitter account?
“I started a blog. It’s thejerutofrosaluxemburgo.blogspot.com/.
“The Jerut” means “freedom” in Hebrew. And Rosa Luxemburgo was a Communist, German woman in the revolution between the First and Second World War. She was 18 and wanted to protest, and she was killed. I studied her in school and found her great.”