Agyness Deyn is best known for Modeling and working with famous brands such Adidas, Armani, Calvin Klein, Galliano, Reebok and multiple others.
Born Name Laura Michelle Hollins
Nick Name Agyness Deyn
Occupation Fashion model, actress, singer
Years active 2007–present
Born: May 13, 1981 37 years and 9 months, Littleborough, Lancashire, England
Sun Sign Aquarius
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 32-23-34 in or 83-58-86.5 cm
Bra Size: 32A
Genre Pop, pop/ rock, indie rock
Distinctive Features Short hair giving androgynous (partly male and partly female) look
Agyness attended All Saints Roman Catholic High School, Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Sixth Form in Waterfoot, Rossendale, Lancashire, England.
After a gap, she also studied music and drama at a college in Hull, England.
Father – Ken Hollins (Works at Royal Mail)
Mother – Lorraine (ENT Nurse at Liverpool Hope Hospital)
Siblings – Agyness has 1 older and 1 younger sibling.
She is signed to these modeling agencies –
Elite Model Management – New York
Why Not Model Agency – Milan
SELECT Model Management (Mother Agency)
Elite Model Management – Paris (2012 – 2012)
Viva Models – Paris (2006 – 2012)
Why Not Model Agency – Milan (2006 – 2012)
Women Management – New York (2009 – 2011)
Models 1 (2008 – 2011)
Deyn is from Littleborough, near Rochdale in Greater Manchester. Deyn later moved to Failsworth near Oldham. The second of three children, she moved to Rossendale, Lancashire, and attended All Saints Roman Catholic High School, as well as Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Sixth Form, Waterfoot.
Deyn’s name was apparently coined to further her modelling career after she consulted her mother’s friend, a numerology expert, who advised her of the most ‘fortuitous’ way to spell the name ‘Agnes’. It was reported that her mother Lorraine (a nurse), and her sister Emily both changed their surname to Deyn, while Lorraine has changed the I in her first name to Y.
Deyn’s working life started at a fish and chip shop in Stubbins, Rossendale, where she was a part-time server at the age of 13. Even at an early age she had an eye for style and by 17 she had already had her head shaved. “I’ve had short hair since I was 13, and when I was 17, I had a skinhead.” In 1999, she won the Rossendale Free Press “Face of ’99” competition, aged just 16.
She then moved to London, working in a fast-food restaurant during the day and a bar at night but admits: “It didn’t quite work.”
Deyn’s biography claims that she was “spotted” while shopping with fashion designer Henry Holland in Kentish Town, London. She then signed with SELECT model management.
In May 2007, she was featured on the cover of American Vogue, alongside Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman and Lily Donaldson as “The World’s Next Top Models.” She has also been featured on the covers of: UK Vogue, the Observer Woman supplement, The Sunday Times Style, Pop, Grazia, Time, Style & Life, Vogue Italia and numerous other international publications.
She has walked the runways for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Hermés, Dior, Lanvin, DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Moschino, Versace, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Celine, Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Proenza Schouler, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Max Mara, Oscar De La Renta, Ralph Lauren, Giles Deacon, Alexander Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Carolina Herrera, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Deyn has appeared in advertisements for Dior, Burberry, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Moncler, Anna Sui, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Gianfranco Ferré, Blumarine, Vivienne Westwood, Cacharel, Doc Martens, Shiseido, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Adidas, and Reebok.
She has been the face of fragrance The Beat by Burberry, Gold by Giles Deacon at New Look replacing Drew Barrymore, Jean Paul Gaultier’s fragrance Ma Dame, Shiseido (replacing Angelina Jolie), Rock Me! by Anna Sui, and childhood friend Henry Holland’s label House of Holland. In 2009, Deyn landed a Uniqlo campaign and appeared in a commercial with Gabriel Aubry.
In May 2008, Deyn was guest editor of i-D magazine. The issue was devoted to her and includes articles written by and about Deyn, as well as interviews she conducted with fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood. Deyn’s was on one of the fourteen covers of V magazine autumn issue. Each cover employs a head shot of a famous model, either from new models or established supermodels; it was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
In June 2009, the Daily Mirror reported that Deyn had quit modelling to spend more time with her then boyfriend, Singer-songwriter Miles Kane. The newspaper quoted a source as saying that modelling had started to bore Deyn and that she had hired an acting agent to pursue an acting career in British independent films.
Vogue Paris described her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Deyn appeared in the May 2011 British Vogue editorial, photographed by Tim Walker.
In October 2012, Deyn once again announced that she has retired from modelling in an interview with The Independent. She stated, “I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I’ve not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry. I didn’t hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing.” She intends to focus on her acting career.
Deyn provides vocals for the single “Who” by Five O’Clock Heroes as well as featuring in the video. The single was poorly received by NME, who gave it only a 2/10. The single charted at No. 109 in the UK. Until recently she was a member of the now defunct group Lucky Knitwear. Deyn’s voice can be heard at the beginning of Rihanna’s music video for “We Found Love”.
In the 2010 film Clash of the Titans, Deyn played Aphrodite, Greek goddess of beauty, love, and sex.
In March 2011, Deyn appeared as an owl-bearing warrior in Woodkid’s debut music video, “Iron”.
In 2012, Deyn starred opposite Richard Coyle in Pusher, an English language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Danish film of the same name, where she played Flo, a strong-minded stripper.
On 28 February 2012, Deyn played her first role on the West End stage, as Paula in François Archambault’s comedy, The Leisure Society. After receiving excellent reviews[by whom?] for her role in that play, Deyn was cast to play the main female role, Chris Guthrie, in a film adaptation of the Scottish-set novel Sunset Song.
In 2013, Deyn played the lead role in Electricity, a film adaptation of the novel by Ray Robinson, about the journey of a young woman with epilepsy.
In 2015, she starred in fantasy-horror thriller film Patient Zero.
In 2017, Deyn began filming Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic crime drama for the BBC at Hanstead Park in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire.
In 2010, Deyn collaborated with her younger sister Emily to create a line of T-shirts and tank tops for high street chain Uniqlo.
In 2012, Deyn began a design partnership with Dr. Martens called Agyness Deyn for Dr. Martens, a line of accessories, shoes, and clothing. In spring of 2014, she planned to release a third collaboration with the brand.
She currently works with the agencies Elite New York City, Why Not Model Agency in Milan, and Oui Management in Paris.
Deyn was married to American actor Giovanni Ribisi from 2012 to 2015.
In August 2016, Deyn married hedge fund manager Joel McAndrew in New York.
She was a member of the now defunct band “Lucky Knitwear”. The band did not release any album.
Agyness provided vocals for the single “Who” by Five O’Clock Heroes, which did not receive warm welcome by the critics and reviewers. She was also featured in that video.
She also gave vocals for the starting seconds of the song “We Found Love” by Rihanna.
Agyness played the role as Aphrodite, who is the Greek goddess of beauty, love, and sex in the 2010 film Clash of the Titans.
First Fashion Show
Deyn appeared in Ready to wear – Autumn/ Winter 2006 fashion show in which she cat-walked for Alice McCall, Evisu, John Richmond, Kei Kagami, Laura Biagiotti, Osman Yousefzada, Roberto Menichetti, and Trussardi.
The English model, Agyness Deyn is not like those models, who do starve themselves in order to remain in the modeling business. Instead, she eats healthy and eats 5 times a day, but in small proportions. This helps her to keep her metabolism high and hence stay thin. In this way, she is able to taste everything she craves for like pizza, her favorite. She also has chips and fish once in a week.
Regarding workout, Deyn loves cycling. Whenever she feels like and have time, she goes for it in the city. Apart from it, she is an avid supporter and follower of yoga. Yoga helps her to stay refreshed for the whole day.
Agyness Deyn Favorite Things
Dr. Martens Coat
Dries Van Noten bag, shirt, skirt, sunglasses, and vest
Stella McCartney Underwear
Dr. Martens Shoes
House of Holland shirt, overalls, and shoes
Happy Socks Socks.
Agyness Deyn Facts
She was a member of the band “Lucky Knitwear”.
Deyn was spotted first time with a fashion designer, Henry Holland, when she was shopping with her in Kentish Town, London.
She has a sister named Emily.
Agyness changed her name for establishing a good modeling career to Agnes. But, her mother’s numerology expert friend told them to modify the spelling of the word “Agnes” to have a good fortune in the career. Hence, “y” was added in the name to make it as “Agyness”. Her mother also added a “y” in her first name, replacing “I”.
At 13, she worked at Fish and Chip shop in Rossendale as a part-time server.
Agyness has kept her short hair since 13 and completely shaved her head at 17.
At 16, Deyn won Rossendale Free Press “Face of 99” competition.
While she was studying music in London, Agyness also worked part-time at a restaurant in day’s time and at the bar at night.
Deyn has appeared in 2008 Pirelli Calendar.