Behati Prinsloo on Being a Tomboy Teen & Her Reaction to Being Scouted

Featuring inside the latest issue of Net-a-Porter's online magazine 'The Edit', Namibian model Behati Prinsloo has opened up on her childhood, what it was like to be scouted and her teenage style. Behati, who recently married Adam Levine in Mexico, commented that she was a tomboy teenager and loved rock music:

“My look is grungy, tomboyish, very rock ’n’ roll. I love the ’70s; I love the vibe. The music I listen to most is Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, punk...I was a total tomboy. My mom recently sent me pictures from when I was a kid – in every one where I’m wearing a dress, I look so cross. But, of course, I had to wear dresses for church.”

One of her favourite childhood memories:

“One of my dad’s favourite stories is how I used to run around while he was preaching. One time, this woman grabbed me and said, ‘You need to sit still. This is a church service.’ I said, ‘This is my dad’s church. I can do whatever I want.’ And I just kept running." 

Growing up in Namibia was a unique experience:

"It was amazing. I spent a lot of time outdoors, I was very sporty: gymnastics, field hockey, track. We lived near the Etosha National Park, a huge safari park, so it was totally normal to go on safari every weekend. Well, at the time it was very normal.”

On being scouted during a trip to Cape Town when she was 16:

 “It was so weird. Growing up, I’d look at magazines and think, ‘These pretty girls are actually doctors, right?’ I didn’t even know about Kate Moss. I was tall, skinny and awkward, so [when he asked if I was a model] I said, ‘No, I’m not!’ And my grandpa said, ‘Don’t talk to strangers!’"


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