Irina Lăzăreanu

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Irina Lăzăreanu
Irina l.jpg
Born (1982-06-08) 8 June 1982 (age 37)[1]
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Modeling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Hair colorBrown[2]
Eye colorBrown[2]

Irina Lăzăreanu (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈrina ləzəˈre̯anu]; born 8 June 1982) is a Romanian-Canadian model and folk singer. She was helped in her modelling career by supermodel Kate Moss, who chose her as the cover model for an issue of Vogue: Paris and who also made her the face of her clothing line Topshop. As a musician, she is closely associated with Pete Doherty, to whom she was engaged twice, but never married. Her debut album Some Place Along the Way was produced by Sean Lennon.

Early life[edit]

At age 5, Lăzăreanu immigrated to Canada from Romania, settling into the Montreal suburb of Saint-Hubert, Quebec with her Romanian parents.[3] At the age of 13, she moved to London to study ballet until she was derailed by a broken knee. She met Pete Doherty at the age of 15 whom she later dated briefly and was engaged to in 2007.[4]

Modeling career[edit]

At age 17 Lăzăreanu attended an open call and signed with Giovanni modelling agency in Montreal with the hopes that it would help pay rent. From then on she did the usual rounds of London and Paris, occasionally appearing in Barcelona, Australia and Madrid fashion weeks. She was chosen by acquaintance Kate Moss to model for the December/January 2005/2006 issue of Vogue: Paris, which Moss guest edited.[4] Immediately after, she also appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia's January 2006 issue, photographed by Steven Meisel.[5] Lăzăreanu has since become an increasingly popular fashion model, breaking the record for most runway work in one season.[6]

She has modelled for many top designers, including Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Lanvin, Versace, and many more. She is affiliated with the modeling agencies The Society Management in New York City, Elite Model Management in Paris, Why Not Models in Milan, and Select Model Management in London. In March 2007, Lăzăreanu was chosen by Kate Moss as the model for her new Topshop clothing range.[7]

Personal style[edit]

Lăzăreanu is known for her quirky, vintage-inspired style – which has arguably contributed to the rise of her modelling career. When asked about her style, Lăzăreanu says: "I’m very influenced by the whole 1960s–1970s London era, not only in terms of my clothes but also in terms of the music I listen to, the movies I watch, the writers I read. Those influences probably translates into my personal style in an unconscious way."[5]

Michelle McCool of Cosmopolitan magazine writes that "(Irina) has a great rock'n'roll vibe. It's all about the hair and her flatness. I love that she has no boobs." Lăzăreanu is often described as having a distinctive look, as Emmanuelle Alt of Vogue Paris adds; "On the runway, no matter what, she cannot be transformed. She always has her unique look and style."[8] As a result of her striking features and rock'n'roll semblance, Lăzăreanu has developed the status of 'official muse' to designers Nicolas Ghesquière and Karl Lagerfeld,[9] with whom she shot the Chanel Cruise campaign.[5]

Music career[edit]

Lăzăreanu met musician Pete Doherty then a member of the Libertines, at a party in Shepherd's Bush while she was a ballet student. Doherty and Lăzăreanu bonded over their shared interest in artists such as Oscar Wilde and Nina Simone. Lăzăreanu became closely involved with Doherty's band Babyshambles and toured with them in 2004, although she has denied the widespread rumor that she served as their drummer.[4]

Lăzăreanu reportedly helped Doherty write the song "La Belle et la Bête" which featured Kate Moss on the Babyshambles' Down in Albion album.[3]

She recorded a folk album, entitled Some Place Along the Way, which musician Sean Lennon produced and collaborated on. It was to be released in late 2006[10] but was delayed until 2010.[11] Lăzăreanu has said that "My music isn't commercial...I just want to learn from people and do the best I can do" and cites Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Joan Baez as her musical influences.[10]

In February 2007 Lăzăreanu announced that she will collaborate with Sean Lennon and Pete Doherty on a cover of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country".[12]

In December 2007, during a special presentation for Chanel in London, Lăzăreanu debuted four songs off her album, which acted as the soundtrack to the show. Sean Lennon accompanied her on guitar.[13]

In June 2010 Lăzăreanu organized a benefit concert in NYC and was set to perform with Doherty, Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, and Adam Green. Doherty was, however, refused entry into the United States – despite having a visa. The band played without him.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Lăzăreanu has twice been briefly engaged to musician Pete Doherty, first for a period in 2004 following the break-up of his band The Libertines[16][17] and then for the second time in October 2007.[18][19]


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  3. ^ a b Livingstone, David (Summer 2006). "Something about Irina". The Look. pp. 62–64.
  4. ^ a b c Kingston, Anne (25 June 2007). "With a little help from her friends". Maclean's. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Top 10 Newfaces FW 06: Irina". 3 February 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ Gagnon, Myriam. "ELLE Interview: Irina Lazareanu has it all!". Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  7. ^ Roe, Louise (28 March 2007). "Kate Moss chooses the model for her TopSHop range". Retrieved 30 March 2007.
  8. ^ "The Catwalkers". The Daily Mini. November 2006. p. 80.
  9. ^ Foxley, David (12 December 2007). "Irina Lazareanu: Way More Than Karl Lagerfeld's Muse". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008.
  10. ^ a b Sherwin, Skye (June – July 2006). "Swan Song". Nylon. pp. 46–47.
  11. ^ Connor, Katie (10 September 2010). "Get to Know Irina Lazareanu". Marie Claire. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  12. ^ Alexander, Hilary (7 February 2007). "In the front row". London. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  13. ^ Livingstone, David (14 December 2007). "Canadian is catwalk's soundtrack". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  14. ^ Peck, Derek (10 June 2010). "New York Minute | Irina Lazareanu: Just a Kid from Canada". AnOther. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Pete Doherty never made it out of the airport". Brooklyn Vegan. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  16. ^ "Report: Addict Pete quits Libertines". The Sun. London. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2004.
  17. ^ Lawler, Danielle (4 July 2004). "My Drugs Hell By Tragic Libertines Star". Sunday Mirror. Archived from the original on 3 February 2005.
  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (3 October 2007). "Report: Pete Doherty Engaged to Model – Not Kate Moss". People. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  19. ^ "Pete dumps his new lover". The Sun. London. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.

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