Born and raised in Martinique, where there isn’t much to do besides look pretty and enjoy the Caribbean climate, Sigrid Agren’s tall frame had the island’s other residents buzzing over her modeling potential. In 2004, she took the plunge by entering the Martinique division of the Elite Model Look France competition. The 13-year-old quickly advanced to the semi-finals, which were held in Paris, and on to Shanghai for the final round.
Sigrid Agren lost the final competition to Charlotte di Calypso, but the contest’s host agency, Elite Model Management, offered her a contract. She accepted it, but wasn’t comfortable starting professional modeling gigs at such a young age, so she continued in school, working sporadically, until 2008 when she signed dual contracts with Elite and New York Model Management.
On the heels of her contract signing, Sigrid Agren got some impressive industry exposure. In June of 2008, she invaded the pages of Teen Vogue for an editorial feature and was branded by Models.com as a “future star.” A month later, she made her runway debut in New York for Prada, and celebrated the city’s Fashion Week extravaganza by strutting for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. By the fall, she was active in Paris with fashion heavyweights Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen, leading to a selection by Style.com as one of their top 10 seasonal newcomers.
The success of Sigrid Agren’s runway shows led to a series of ad campaigns that started with Prada and continued on with high-priced fashion houses like Calvin Klein and Armani. For Prada, she joined six other models for group shots in their Spring/Summer 2009 campaign, while Calvin Klein photographed her and Jourdan Dunn as they livened the mood inside a lonely garage. Armani took a different approach, first letting Sigrid’s hair cover her eyes in some shots before mounting her on the back of male model Ollie Edwards for a friendly piggyback ride.
In addition to her lucrative print campaigns, a number of magazines have recently requested the services of Sigrid Agren. Numero, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue Paris all featured her in elegant editorials that culminated in 2009 with a cover shoot for i-D, a special edition of the magazine that also spotlighted Raquel Zimmermann and Tasha Tilberg. Sigrid carried that momentum forward further with another cover pose — this time for Vogue China in August of 2009.
Over the balance of 2009, Sigrid Agren can boast nearly 70 runway appearances and a who’s-who of clients that run the gamut from Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino and Christian Dior, as well as continued work with Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs. Now one of the industry’s youngest stars, Sigrid sits in a tie at No. 16 on the Top 50 Models list, no doubt wanting to bump down Eniko Mihalik and fully relish her significant success.