Here’s what the 27-year-old model had to share with the mag:
On growing up in Sweden, where it is dark a majority of the year: “Growing up like that, you don’t know anything different, so I guess you get used to it as a kid. It’s pretty intense now when I go back to Sweden after living in New York for seven years. The winters are so dark, you get to work in the dark and leave work in the dark—it can get pretty depressing. But on the other side of that, we have these beautiful summers where the light stays all day and all night. Swedish people live for the summer—it transforms everyone. I don’t want to miss having a Swedish summer vacation for as long as I live. It’s my favorite thing in the world.”
On how being a pro-basketball player helped prepare her for modeling: “I’m so pumped before a game. I love the adrenaline. My brain is competitive. I get myself to a point where I feel like I’m going to explode! It’s so much fun. I can’t really explain it. I think I’ve always been like that. Playing sports is great when you’re young. It teaches you how to focus, how to direct your energy, how not to think about a million other things that are going on. I’ve been learning to box for the past three years. If you’re not 100 percent in the moment, you can be knocked out. There’s no time for hanging out in the brain thinking about stuff. You have to react from instinct.”
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