Karlina Caune: the story so far


via fashioned by love | Karlina Caune in Oysho Spring/Summer 2014 campaign
When Karlina Caune smiles, it’s like honey being poured over your heart. Her beauty is mesmerising and the warmth she radiates melts you down to the core. Then, in a matter of minutes, she is on a runway – distant, mysterious, looking into your soul with her gorgeous sparkling eyes, teasing and seducing. Her exquisite beauty won hearts of the agents who chose Karlina for the Ford model competition, the judges who put gorgeous teen on the top of the pedestal and then – practically every fashion designer under the sun, from Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava, Jenni Kayne, Behnaz Sarafpour, Mona Kowalska of A Détacher, Tory Burch and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa who booked the beautiful Latvian for their Fall 2010 shows to Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Copping, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Kinder Aggugini, Christopher Bailey, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs (for both Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton), Erdem, Emma Hill, Christopher Kane and many more. She walked for Chloe, Chanel, Mulberry, Etro, MaxMara, Versace, Blumarine, Marni, Missoni, Nina Ricci, Carve, Rochas, Sonia Rykiel, Vionnet, Roland Mouret, Burbery Prorsum, Carolina Herrera, Roberto Cavalli, graced pages of Vogue, W, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel and Elle and became a face of Akris, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Just Cavalli, Rebecca Taylor, Strenesse Blue, Sportmax, Jil Sander and Givenchy.

via fashioned by love | Karlina Caune fashion shows 2012-2013
And despite this impressive CV, the girl I meet is the sweetest, down to earth, nature loving philosopher. She is constantly on the move, waking up and falling asleep on different continents, getting through the busy schedule and yet, when I ask for an interview, she finds time, generously shares some of her childhood photos and thanks me for the opportunity. And just like that, sentence by sentence, her story unfolds before my eyes…

via fashioned by love | Karlina Caune backstage at Chanel Resort 2012
Katrina (or Kate as her friends call her) was born in Riga, the capital of Latvia, but the family soon moved to Jelgava where the little girl and her three sisters grew up. “The town on the river” and the connecting link between Latvia and Lithuania, Jelgava was the best of both worlds, combining the history and nature with the buzz of the modern city.

Karlina Caune childhood photographs from personal album
Unlike many girls who dream of being on a runway, modelling wasn’t exactly on Katrina’s list until the day her phone rang. The agent who caught her off guard during the Youth Guard training, informed the girl that she was chosen for the Ford Model competition.

It turned out that the girls cousin sent an application form for her and before she knew it, 15-year old Katrina Caune was whisked away to Sao Paolo and won the top prize.

"Fashion business calls me by my other name. That's kinda cool because there're too many Kates and Katrinas, but I am the only KARLINA."

A few months later, she was booked for her first fashion shows and editorial, and became Karlina. Two years on, aged 17, the young model was signed up by Viva Model Management.

From this moment her career took a very different and more serious course. In just two short years she made it to the top 50 models.

What happened after the competition?
Not much. I was too young and it wasn’t my time yet, I travelled, did some jobs here and there, but nothing really at the same time.

Did you ever think of modelling before you got approached?
No, not at all. I kinda knew what modelling was, but never came to the point that I would be interested in taking part in it.  I guess, it just wasn’t at the top of my interest at that point.

via fashioned by love | Vogue UK October 2012 (photography: Boo George, styling: Charlotte Pilcher)
What was the main reason to become a model?
I always liked jumping into new things. I guess, traveling the world and seeing what time brings you were the main things that excited me. As I like to say - never look back, just forward. Never say no, say - why not.

What did your parents say about your choice for a job?
My parents are really happy, because I am happy in my work. They always wanted me to do what I feel happy doing and I like, rather then pushing me into something fully opposite my interests.

"Family is my backbone and most important over everything. Without them, I am nothing."

Who is your biggest fan?
My grandmother. She's been collecting every single magazine I've been in.

via fashioned by love | Vogue Paris September 2013 (photography: David Bellemere, styling: Capucine Safyurtlu)
What do you like the most about being a model?
What I love the most is the gift of meeting new people and never sitting in one place, I always wanted a job where I can be in the movement. 

Where do you find the energy and how do you recharge?
I've been always a nature kid. I love nature and spending my time off work enjoying raw beauty. Big city rhythm is great for work and it inspires to move your ass and do something, yet its very exhausting, at least for me.

via fashioned by love | Akris Pre-Fall 2012 (photography: Karim Sadli, styling: Spela Lenarcic)
Models are constantly judged by other models, designers and public - how do you deal with that?
I don’t deal with the judgement of others, I just don’t care. I believe criticism is a good thing in correct amounts, but only if it comes from people who give it to you for unselfish reasons, like family.

You walked pretty much for every big designer - was there a show that felt like a career height?
There wasn't one particular show what felt like career height. It all came together, working with top designers, make up artists, hair stylists & biggest models in the business. Just being a part of it is amazing, if you think how many girls would kill for the possibility I have. Appreciate everything.

You also became a face of several big campaigns including Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and most recent Givenchy - how did you feel when you got chosen?
Very honoured, they could have any girl they want, but they picked me.

“Being a part of it is amazing. Appreciate everything.”

In just over two years you became one of the most sought after models - what do you think makes a model so successful?
Personality, self-esteem, being in the right place in the right time.

Do you believe there's an element of luck involved in the process?
I believe it's pure luck.

via fashioned by love | Karlina Caune in Black No 19 2013 (photography: Michael Schwartz, styling: Aeri Yun)
Your perception of life sounds quite philosophical…
You are on the right track. I believe in karma and that everything what goes around must come around. I love reading post-war literature – it’s very deep and rough, but makes you understand and appreciate everything what comes your way.

What is the most important lesson about this profession and the industry you have leant so far?  
You have to stand for and take care of yourself. If you won’t do that, no one will.

6 things about Karlina

Words that best describe you… Sarcastic, adventurous life-loving loner.

Who did you want to be when you were 5?
I don’t remember precisely, most probable a candy shop owner, fireman, princess, McGyver.

Favourite quote
Forget past indiscretions, and stolen possessions. You're high. In the cold light.

Favourite childhood memory
Cooking breakfast while my mum was still sleeping, and seeing that face expression when I announced  -  I cook, you clean. Priceless.

Favourite song/band
Another question on what I can not answer with a single answer, I love listening to good old Rolling Stones, Chilli Peppers and newer - Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, Kings of Leon.

Favourite dessert
Waffles! The thin and crispy ones my mummy makes!

via fashioned by love | Elle France February 2012 (photography John Akehurst, make-up: Jurgen Braun, hair: Olivier Lebrun)

Photo source: Karlina Caune in Oysho Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, Chanel Resort 2013 backstage (photography: Benoit Peverelli via vogue.co.uk), childhood photos c/o Karlina Caune, Vogue UK October 2012 (photography: Boo George, styling: Charlotte Pilcher), Vogue Paris September 2013 (photography: David Bellemere, styling: Capucine Safyurtlu), Akris Pre-Fall 2012 (photography: Karim Sadli, styling: Spela Lenarcic), Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013 campaign (photography: Tom Ford), Black No 19 2013 (photography: Michael Schwartz, styling: Aeri Yun), Vogue Turkey August 2012 (photography: Jem Mitchell, styling: Konca Aykan), Elle France February 2012 (photography John Akehurst, make-up: Jurgen Braun, hair: Olivier Lebrun), backstage and runway photos via stylebistro.com and style.com.


  1. What a wonderful interview, Natalia - these insights into Karlina Caune's personality are just priceless, thank-you for sharing!

  2. Hi Natalia! Congrats on the interview! You really did an amazing job! She is one of the most stunning model, I've enjoyed her answers, seems a nice and easy going girl indeed. Love her words: "never look back, just forward. Never say no, say - why not", need to keep them in my mind too!:) Love waffles as well!:P Have a great weekend dear! Kisses!

  3. I really like the today post! amazing!

  4. so gorgeous and inspiring Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  5. I love that you included the history of Karlina's claim to fame. She truly defines natural beauty and it was great to read her thoughts and answers!

  6. What a great interview! Yes she is stunning and she also sounds smart and interesting.

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  7. She really is stunning, and that interview is just wonderful!


  8. Si is amazing ^^ And so beautiful :)

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  9. This is a wonderful profile. Karlina sounds like she has a really good head on her pretty shoulders.

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  10. She is a beauty! This was a great read :)


  11. Wow, that's a nice story! And great that she is still down to eath, although she is very famous and busy now! I also like waffles :) denisesplanet com

  12. Natalia, what a treat! She is gorgeous and I love her honesty and life philosophy. Thank you for this wonderful interview.

  13. What a lovely lady, as beautiful inside as out, and that photo of her in the flowered hat--it's one of my favorite fashion images I keep in my file. Great interview Natalia!

    xo Mary Jo

    1. Mary Jo, I bought Vogue BECAUSE of that photo! :D It was such a dreamy photoshoot! x

  14. lovely post! This modes looks so lovely and down to earth.

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  15. great post honey, i really love the looks


  16. That was a fabulous interview Natalia. I love her! She's very humble and also tells it like it is. I love that her grandmother collects all the magazines she's in. I thought that was so cute. I also like what she says about taking care of yourself. That is so true, because people will not. You must look after yourself. I loved this! Happy Weekend!

  17. She is indeed beautiful, clever and very sympathic! And she´s so right with her sentence that everybody has to stand for and take care of the own person. If you won’t do that, no one will ...

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


  18. Thanks for your kind words, always appreciated!

  19. That was an amazing video Natalia. I really enjoyed reading it. Karlina is so beautiful and smart. Btw. I wanted to be McGyver too :D

    xx Mira


  20. such a lovely pictures <3 love it all dear :)
    great selection

  21. Loved this interview! It's fun to get a glimps of what her life is like :) xo

  22. Such an interesting post. She's gorgeous and an amazing model.



  23. Natalia,dear!

    Thankyou,thankyou so very much for this fantastic,just absolutely great post!:)))*
    It gives me so good feeling.
    Wat a beautiful girl,mostly-beautiful person Karlina!

    So good choices of photos....thankyou for share:)*

    I want to wish you wonderful weekend,filled with love,relax moments and joy!


  24. Great post! She has such a versatile face, love it!

  25. wow what a fantastic interview!! :) shes so beautiful and sounds amazing :)


  26. so beautiful....!

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  27. Wow such pretty pictures! Love that striped dress!



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  28. just wow, I was so mesmerized by her story! So wonderful that she is so beautiful & yet so approachable... thanks for sharing :)

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  29. She's stunning, and she seems so nice as well.

  30. Great post and fantastic interview!!!


  31. What a great interview!! She is so lovely. I love her smile!

  32. Awesome post! She is gorgeous!

    xo, Megan
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  33. Have a nice week ^^

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  34. Great interview!
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