Behati Prinsloo

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Behati Prinsloo Levine was born 16 May 1988 and is a Namibian model. 

She was born in Grootfontein, Namibia, then part of South Africa. Her father was contracted to work in South Africa before she was born, but when she was three years old her family moved back to Namibia. She is the only child of father Louis Francois “Boet” Prinsloo, who is a church minister, and mother, Magda (née Rossouw), who runs a bed and breakfast. Her family are Afrikaners and she grew up speaking Afrikaans as her native language; she was educated in English. She attended Grootfontein Secondary School and left after Grade 9 to pursue modeling.

Her modeling career began when she was discovered while vacationing in Cape Town with her grandparents. 

Prinsloo debuted as a Prada/Miu Miu Exclusive. Soon after, Juergen Teller photographed her for her debut ad campaign, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and she soon was photographed by Mario Testino and Paolo Roversi for British Vogue and David Sims for W Magazine.

Prinsloo has walked in fashion shows for Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Versace, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Michael Kors and Yves Saint Laurent.

She has been on the covers of Vogue SpainVogue TurkeyVogue BrasilVogue Mexico Vogue RussiaVogue ThailandElle FranceElle SpainElle ItaliaElle SwedenL’Officiel NetherlandsMarie Claire GreeceMarie Claire South Africai-D MagazineV MagazineRussh Magazine10 MagazineThe EditJalouse, and So It Goes Magazine.

Her ad campaigns include I Love Juicy Couture Fragrance, I Am Juicy Couture Fragrance, Juicy Couture Black Label, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang ‘Do Something’, T by Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, H&M, Nina Ricci, The Gap, Aquascutum, M Missoni, Sportmax, DKNY Jeans, Pepe Jeans, Lancaster, Stefanel, Esprit, Lacoste, Desigual, Seafolly, Nine West, and Raw Spirit Fragrance.

In 2010, Prinsloo designed “Behati Loves Pink” swimsuit capsule collection for Victoria’s Secret. In 2014 she designed a line of denim for THVM. Most recently she designed a fashion and accessories collection for Juicy Couture. 

Prinsloo appeared in various music videos such as The Virgins’ “Rich Girls” and Maroon 5’s “Animals”, “Cold”, “Wait” (Snapchat version) and “Girls Like You”.

After taking a two-year hiatus from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show, Prinsloo returned to walk in the brand’s 2018 show. 

Prinsloo has embarked on a charitable trip to Haiti, following 2010’s devastating earthquake that caused irreparable damage to the small nation. Partnering with LakayPam, an organization dedicated to helping children in developing nations meet their basic needs, she collected and delivered hundreds of letters of hope from all over the world and helped raise funds. 

When she made the journey to Haiti, she was accompanied by a cameraman and his friend. The resulting short film, Letters to Haiti, debuted 7 December 2011, at Milk Gallery in New York. 

She also supports organizations trying to protect the black rhinoceros, a critically endangered species native to Namibia and other countries in Southern Africa.