Words Ana Rita D’almeida
Photographer Mads Teglers
Norwegian beauty Jenny Amina Sinkaberg was discovered a few years ago by Team Models in Norway and in 2009 she signed with IMG World Wide. Since then she frequently leaves her home in Oslo to travel to cities where dreams are made and the runways never end.
Sinkaberg debuted at Paris Fashion Week in September 2009 and had her first major editorial in Dazed & Confused. Since then she has been featured in regular editorials in Vogue China and Vogue Italy, Another, VS Magazine, W, POP, V and Interview amongst others. Last year she elegantly posed in the beautiful book ‘Northern Women in Chanel’ by Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago. But there is much more to the tall, blonde Norse than posing for prestigious fashion brands. For instance, did you know that she breeds Dalmatians?
Photographer Mads Teglers went to Norway to capture Jenny in private surroundings far away from the glamorous and glittery fashion world. And if we loved Sinkaberg from all her work – we love her even more now.
How did you get into modelling?
Growing up, I never really wanted to be a model. I was teased a lot because I was so tall and skinny and because of my eyes. But as I got older, however, I was told several times that I should give it a try. A friend of mine, who’s a photographer, said that either I sent pictures to Team in Oslo myself, or he would. I signed with them, time went by and I was thinking that I ought to make it serious and see where it would lead me. I then went to Paris to meet with IMG and two hours later I was signed, photographed and just somewhat shocked.
I understood that signing with them meant my full time commitment. Luckily the team there was truly eager to help me out and after the first obstacles and challenges had been overcome, I haven’t regretted one minute of it.
Do you enjoy the travelling and being away from your hometown?
I go home as often as I can between jobs, so I can’t say I miss Oslo all that much. I like the balance between travelling and working, and being home, living an ordinary life. Although, after five-six weeks of Fashion Week twice a year, I do get to miss clean tap water!
When I’m away, I don’t really care for too much sightseeing – not because it doesn’t interest me – but travelling as much as I do, I find it easier to adapt if I try to live like a citizen. Therefore, I enjoy just walking the streets, watching people and searching for the soul in each city I visit.
What are you up to when you are not working?
When I’m in Norway, I like to spend time with my friends and family, of course. I get restless quite easily, however, and try to live an active life. Running is a great passion for me while I also enjoy walking or skiing in the forest.
I also go to dog shows with my Dalmatians. When I was younger, I was actually quite scared of dogs. But when two of my friends got their own dogs, I began to enjoy spending time with them. After a year or so, I got my first dog – a liver spotted Dalmatian – and a year later we had four!
In just one year we lost three dogs. They were old, but, still, it was very hard having to see them go. Especially when my first dog died. It was like losing a relative. I decided to buy a new puppy right away as I felt that a life without my spotted friends would be too empty.
The dogs bring me a lot of joy and contribute to my active lifestyle. After a long day’s work, if I can fly in and out on the same day, opening the door and be welcomed home by an overwhelming happy dog every single time, it’s just priceless, and no matter what else I do in my life, the dogs will always be a big part of my life. (…)