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‘Desire’ cover star Birgit Kos’s first love was nature

EMPORIO ARMANI dress; GUCCI earring.

Birgit Kos had us at first sight. Her sense of humour? “Dry.” Her personality? “Direct.” And we love a woman who knows just what she wants. You know her face: it’s been captured by Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti and Hedi Slimane. But if you had to do a double take, it could be the fringe – fashioned especially for our cover shoot. That signature bob we all coveted is hard to forget. But that’s in the past. When we finally became acquainted with our Desire issue muse Birgit Kos, we met a woman with her eyes set on a bright future. This Netherlands native’s greatest love is nature. Her heart’s desire? “That we keep our planet healthy.” It should come as no surprise that she gets her kicks in the great outdoors. If you happen to meet her on the ski fields, just call her Bibi.

SAINT LAURENT jacket, shirt, shorts, shoes and stockings.
BURBERRY dress.
CHANEL playsuit.

What’s the first thing we should know about you?
My love for nature. 

I grew up …
In Holland.

The countryside makes me feel …
Grounded and relaxed.

I was scouted at …
Age 15 for Elite Model Management.

My nickname is …
‘Bibi’ – since not many can pronounce my name well.

The career moment I’ll never forget …
My Hugo Boss commercial and my Tom Ford Beauty campaigns.

My friends would describe me as …
Down-to-earth, funny, ambitious.

To be a woman means …
To be empowered.

My life mantra is …
See the positive in the negative.

My star sign is …
Aries.

It suits me because …
I’m a direct person.

“My love language is … Italian.”

GIVENCHY dress and top.
GIVENCHY dress and top.
BOTTEGA VENETA top and skirt; VAN CLEEF & ARPELS cuff.
VICTORIA BECKHAM tops and sunglasses.
GUCCI dress; CARTIER earrings.

I desire …
That we keep our planet healthy.

Acting is …
A dream that hopefully can come true.

My beauty icon is … Linda Evangelista.

The song that always sets the mood is …
Nina Simone, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

Company or solitude?
A good balance between both.

I want to be remembered for …
My qualities as a model.

I am passionate about …
Wildlife.

I’m dreaming of …
A world where wildlife [is] just as important as the human race.

I feel most myself when …
I’m in the mountains or on my snowboard.

My guilty pleasure …
Cookies and candy.

“To make me laugh … Is very easy, but I like dry humour.”

LOUIS VUITTON jacket, pants, shoes, belt and brooch.
LOUIS VUITTON dress and brooch.

PHOTOGRAPHY Buzz White @ One Represents
FASHION Anna Foster
MODEL Birgit Kos @ Elite Paris
HAIR Daniel Martin @ Bryant Artists using evo
MAKEUP Ariel Yeh @ Saint Luke Artists using Clarins
CASTING Megan McCluskie
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS Jack Snell and James Deacon
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Mālina Robotin
HAIR ASSISTANT Reiss Harris
FILM PROCESSING Bayeux
POST PRODUCTION Lisa @ Post Apollo