Birgit Kos Best Known For Having done modeling work for the leading fashion brands such as Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta, Brandon Maxwell, Jeremy Scott, Chanel, Vivetta, Au Jour Le Jour, and Nicholas K. Being featured in the editorials and on the cover of the popular magazines such as Vogue Brazil and Vogue Italy.
Born Name: Birgit Kos
Years active: 2010-present
Born: April 13, 1996, 23 years and 11 months, Dedemsvaart, Overijssel, Netherlands
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Measurements: 34-24-35 inch / 86-61-89 cm
Bra size: 32B
Kos is Dutch. Born and raised in Overijssel, Kos now resides in Zurich, Switzerland. She says her creative outlet is being active in nature.
Kos was first scouted while she was 15 in Amsterdam by two local modeling agents. After meeting with a modeling agency in the Netherlands, Kos was told that her hips were too big to obtain a contract with them. She entered the 2010 Elite Model Look competition a year later, where she represented the Netherlands during the world finals and won a contract with Elite Model Management in Amsterdam. After the competition, she took a few years off to focus on schooling before modeling full-time. Kos lived in Milan for two years in a model apartment to develop her career.
Kos’ first magazine cover was for Glamour France’s January 2016 issue. In 2017, Kos worked with noted Peruvian photographer Mario Testino.
Kos has appeared in advertisements for Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Gap Inc., Calvin Klein, Lanvin, Tom Ford, and Massimo Dutti. She and Irish actor Jamie Dornan co-starred in a Hugo Boss advertising campaign which included a mini-movie in 2018. Kos said, she would like to do more acting as modeling is not the most secure job.
Kos has been on the covers of Vogue Italia, Vogue Brasil, Vogue Japan, Vogue Germany, Vogue Mexico & Latino America, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Russia and Vogue Espana. Kos appeared alongside Croatian model Faretta in the Spring 2019 campaign for Italian label Twinset.
Kos is currently ranked as one of Models.com’s Top 50 Models.
After signing to Elite Worldwide in 2014, Kos made her runway debut in Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda Fall 2015 show. In 2016, she exclusively opened Miu Miu’s Spring Summer 2017 show. She went on to close Fendi and Hermes Fall Winter 2017 shows and open Chloe’s show of the same season. In the Spring/Summer 2018 season, Kos closed Tory Burch. In the Fall Winter 2018 season, Kos closed Blumarine and opened Roberto Cavalli. In the Spring Summer 2019 season, Kos closed Hermes and opened Zimmermann.
Birgit Kos is represented by –
Elite Model Management – Worldwide
The Society Management – New York
Birgit Kos has done endorsement work for some of the most popular fashion brands such as Lanvin, Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli, Gap, Giorgio Armani, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Miu Miu, and Dolce & Gabbana.
First TV Show
In 2017, Birgit Kos made her first TV show appearance on the fashion talk show, Fashion Police.
Birgit Kos Favorite Things
Photographer – Peter Lindbergh
Model Icon – Linda Evangelista
Off Duty Look – Big trousers and big sweaters
Hotel – Little old French hotels that serve lovely breakfast baskets
Restaurant – A little restaurant in the countryside outside of Zürich.
Things To Shop – Food and Shoes
TV Show – Vikings
Breakfast – Bread with peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles.
MY BOYFRIEND IS MY ROCK. I’ve been with Sven for five years now. He’s also a model; we actually met on a job. It’s really nice as he understands the industry and what this job demands of you. I feel like my world is constantly changing, with people coming in and out, but it’s really nice to have him by my side throughout it all.
I LOVE THE COUNTRYSIDE. I grew up in the Netherlands but now I live in Switzerland, in the countryside just outside Zurich, with Sven. Zurich is a really vibrant, beautiful old city with a nice relaxed pace of life. When I’m not away for work, I love taking our dog for walks in the open fields and forest. My Dutch home town will always have a special place in my heart, but I knew from a young age that I wanted to travel the world.
I’M GLAD MY CAREER DIDN’T TAKE OFF RIGHT AWAY. I first got scouted by two different agents on a family trip to Amsterdam, but I was only 14 years old so I didn’t pursue it. A few years later, in 2010, my dad was reading the newspaper and spotted an advert for the Elite Model look competition, which is how I ended up trying out for it. I didn’t win in the end, but I did secure a modeling contract. For my first two years, I was mostly doing commercial work in Milan. I didn’t do much editorial or walk in any shows, but I am really thankful for that slow start, as it gave me time to really hone my craft.
I HAVE A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. I have always found it really tricky to get the balance right. I love using it as a space where I can let people see my work, but I know that’s not the content people are really interested in. They want an insight into your private life; I find that quite difficult, as I am naturally a very private person. However, I do think it’s incredible that modeling gives you a platform and the reach to create change. It’s really beautiful to see models like Doutzen Kroes setting up charities and fighting for the things they care about.
I REALLY ADMIRE LINDA EVANGELISTA. In my opinion, one of the most challenging but also exciting aspects of modeling is becoming a different character for every shoot. That’s what Linda really excelled at. She is so versatile. Obviously, I am just at the start of my career but, from working with Peter Lindburgh to starring in the Hugo Boss BOSS the scent campaign and becoming the face of Tom Ford Beauty, it’s impossible to pick a single career highlight. Honestly, I am just really grateful for every job I get.
SPENDING SO MUCH TIME AWAY FROM HOME CAN BE A STRUGGLE. This week alone, I’ve been on six flights. The constant traveling can be tough, but it’s just part of the job. Thankfully, I don’t suffer too badly from jet lag. I think the key is just trying to power through and get on board with whatever time zone you’re traveling to. The upshot is that all the flying has made me a really efficient packer. I always try to stick to just hand luggage, so I have to plan all my looks in advance.
I’D LOVE TO TAKE A YEAR OFF AND GO TRAVELING. I’ve always wanted to explore Africa, particularly Namibia, and my boyfriend loves Asia, so we’d also like to go traveling around that part of the world. I love sports – I’m not the type of person who can lie on the beach all day – so there would be loads of canoeing and snowboarding and other activities on the agenda. However, I think that will have to wait for a few years. Everyone working as a model knows that there is a time and an age limit in this job, so it’s important to take all the amazing opportunities that come your way while you can.
I’M CONSTANTLY LEARNING. I wouldn’t say I am the most stylish person, but working in fashion has shown me what an art form it can be. When I was starting out, I’d arrive on set wearing old jogging bottoms and sweaters, but now I take more pride in my appearance. My style changes a lot from one day to the next. Usually, it’s quite simple but, once in a while, I love getting dressed up. It depends on my mood. For a night out, I might try a beauty trick I’ve picked up on-set. Having your face made up all the time, if you pay attention to the brushstrokes, you really get a sense of what should go where. Now, I’m really good at doing my own eye makeup.
Birgit Kos Facts
She was discovered at the age of 14 in a shopping mall in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Soon after, she started working for a local modeling agency. However, she was eventually told that she had too big hips and she should come back with smaller hips. She decided that she had enough of modeling.
Later, her father saw a newspaper ad for the Elite Model Look competition. He urged her to give the competition a try. Kos managed to reach the finals of the competition and she landed a contract with Elite Model Management at the age of 15.
In her free time, she likes to indulge in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, and snowboarding.
In August 2018, she was made the face of Front Boss The Scent along with actor Jamie Dornan.