Katrin Thormann values modelling much more after hiatus
Katrin Thormann found taking a hiatus from modelling made her appreciate her job so much more.
The German model was discovered in Berlin back in 2007 and quickly found herself on the runways of Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler. An icy blonde in the Alfred Hitchcock mould, Katrin was also embraced by fashion photographers David Sims, Mario Testino and Steven Meisel, the latter of whom shot her for the cover of Italian Vogue.
Despite her success, Katrin isn’t entirely consumed by fashion, and decided to take a break to pursue a degree and other personal passions, a decision she’s proud of as it allowed her to expand her horizons, and inevitably make her a better model.
“I moved back to Germany after three years in New York. I just felt like I needed something else,” she told WWD. “I studied literature and history. I’m still doing it, but now I’m back in New York and I do everything online and go back to Germany for the exams.
“It was good to stop (modelling) for a little bit. When I came back, I could appreciate it so much more.”
Katrin has made a return to the spotlight recently, making her comeback on the Balmain x H&M catwalk last year (15) and landing a runway spot in Balmain’s fall men’s show in June (16), which she describes as “much more relaxed” than a women’s presentation.
The 28-year-old model now feels a lot more confident about her looks, compared to when she was first starting out in the business.
“In the beginning, when I started, I was very insecure about everything. I didn’t know the business and I didn’t understand what was going on. But modelling made me feel better about myself,” she explained.