Karmen Pedaru is an Estonian model. She is best known for her long-time work with Michael Kors.
Years active: 2005-present
Born: May 10, 1990, 33 years old and 0 months, Kehra, Estonia
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5 ft 10 in / 1.78 m
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Green
Measurements: 33-24-35 in / 84-60-90 cm
Bra size: 32B US / 70B
Pedaru was born in Kehra, Estonia. She was raised by her grandmother after her mother died when Pedaru was five years old. Born into an athletic family, Pedaru became interested in sports at a very early age. From the age of six, she played a variety of sports, including basketball, association football, and handball. She played goalkeeper on Estonia’s national U-19 football team for a year before she quit to pursue modeling.
Pedaru was discovered in 2005, at the age of 15, at Draamateater theater in Tallinn. Shortly after, she signed with Next Models and appeared in an editorial for Teen Vogue. Her runway debut came the next year when she walked for Christopher Kane during the spring 2007 season. Her big opportunity came when she walked the fall 2008 shows during New York Fashion Week; she ended up walking 43 runways, making appearances in shows such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Givenchy and Dries Van Noten.
Since then, Pedaru has appeared in advertisements for Chloe, Gucci, Jill Stuart, Missoni, Nicole Farhi, Ralph Lauren, and Derek Lam. In 2011, she replaced fellow Estonian model Carmen Kass as the new face of Michael Kors, who called her look “sporty, sexy chic,” and in 2012, she appeared in a campaign for Belstaff alongside actor Ewan McGregor. Pedaru has walked for numerous designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris, including Shiatzy Chen, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Dior, D&G, Diane von Furstenberg, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, and in 2011, she made her debut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she had two outfits, one of which had wings. She has appeared in editorials for Numéro, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, V Magazine, W Magazine, Dazed & Confused and the Italian, French, British, Korean, German, Portuguese, and Japanese editions of Vogue.
As of March 2014, Pedaru was ranked #4 in the “Top 50 Models” list compiled by Models.com. She is currently ranked as an Industry Icon and Money Girl.
First TV Show
Karmen walked at the Ready to wear – Spring / Summer 2007 in which she advertised for Aquascutum, Christopher Kane, Emporio Armani, Marni.
Karmen Pedaru Facts
Pedaru was born into an athletic family.
She had played handball, basketball, football and that too since she was 6.
Pedaru also served as the goalkeeper of Estonian national football team for a year. But, quit it to enter into the fashion industry.
Karmen appeared in Victoria Secret fashion show in 2011.
As of 2013, she is at #7 in the Top 50 Models on models.com.
She was discovered in October 2005 (when she was 15) at a drama theater in Tallinn (capital of Estonia).
In 2011, she became the new face of Michael Kors by replacing a fellow model Carmen Kass from Estonia.
She has graced the cover page of Vogue magazine for British, Italian, Japanese, French, Korean, German, Teen editions.
Other than Vogue, she appeared in fashion magazines like Russh, Z Magazine, Harper Bazaar, Tokion, Numero.
In 2012, she together with Scottish actor Ewan McGregor modeled for English garment manufacturer Belstaff.
Her favorite heels are Burberry Prorsum.
Abbey Lee, Malin Ones, Aline Weber, Kori Richardson, Magdalena Frackowiak, Jill Bauwens, Sarah Stephens, Jules Mordovets, Kelli Lumi, Hanna Rundlof, Bara Holotova, Lyndsey Scott,Gwen Loos, Freja Beha, Karlie Kloss, Bastiaan Ninaber, Mark Cox are her good friends.