Model Watch: Iekeliene Stange

Iekeliene Stange is a Dutch model, born in 1984. Known for her offbeat style, as well as her professional photography skills, Iekeliene is much more then just another model. Scouted when she was 15, Iekeliene was a self-proclaimed punk. She told Teen Vogue about the moment she was scouted:

"I was never really into fashion before being scouted in Holland. I was a little punk rocker with red dreadlocks, a nose ring, and covered in rainbow bracelets." 

She was studying Multimedia when she was found by Victor De Bie on the streets of Rotterdam. She was then signed to IMG models, and worked as a model locally, before moving to London at the age of 17. 
  Iekeliene was scouted again when she moved to London, and decided to give it a go, mostly for financial purposes. The model confesses:
“I complain about it a lot, but actually I must admit that it’s helped me a lot, financially. It has broadened my vision a lot, the traveling, meeting so many different people. I do realize that I was very lucky.”

Moschino Spring/Summer 2010
John Galliano Spring/Summer 2010

Since then, Iekeliene has become one of the most recognizable faces in fashion - her gaunt face, and eerie beauty has made her stand out. She has featured in many print campaigns for design houses such as: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Sonia Rykiel, Topshop, and D&G. 

She has also taken to the catwalk for top labels such as: ChloƩ, Chanel, Emanuel Ungaro, Kenzo, Erin Fetherston, Rodarte, Alexandre Herchcovitch, and Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs.

Her print work has included Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue and Tank magazines. During the opening of Marc Jacob's Spring show, she famously removed her shoes because she couldn't walk properly. Iekeliene says about the incident:
“My shoes weren’t working out, so I had to take them off and walk barefoot! but everyone cheered.” 
  She is also known for her colourful sense of style. According to her, she is one big, colourful mess. Often blogged about and followed closely, she describes her style in her own words as:

“I like crazy, colorful clothes, a big mix of things. I don’t take things too seriously and wish people could have more fun with how they dress. I like to get into a different character every day…it’s fun to play around. I have a two-bedroom apartment in London with my boyfriend, and one of the bedrooms is just considered my wardrobe. It’s covered in sequins, tutus, cat suits, and colors everywhere you look. I love to make people smile when I walk down the street. I wear a lot of hairpieces, like hats, headbands, tiaras. I also have an obsession with anything sparkly!
 Iekeliene has always been interested in photography, and has had a London exhibition with her work displayed. The exhibition, Umfeld (which means surroundings or atmosphere), showed a mixture of her photography and paintings from artist Victor De Bie (who originally scouted her).

Charlotte Stockdale and Iekeliene Stange
Kim Noorda and Iekeliene Stange

What lies ahead for the stunning model? The future consists of more work:

  “I want to get into more photojournalism. My biggest inspiration is those old-school Magnum photographers, where they were just really passionate about it. I think that’s what I aspire to do. I’m hoping to have more time in the future. At the moment, modeling is a sure thing. I don’t have anything to complain about. I just want to show people these different cultures. I think it’s really interesting.
I want to go to Eastern Europe, Romania, and Ukraine, and I also want to go to the north of Scandinavia, where the Sami people live, and I’d love to do something about them. These people are the only indigenous people in Europe, and they’re getting extinct. We just live such funny lives in this side of the world; we’re busy with such silly things.”

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