The Swedish Girl

How Alicia Vikander became fashion’s newest darling.

Alicia Vikander was born on October 3, 1988 in Sweden to an actress mother and a psychiatrist father. Her first brush with acting came at age seven, when she starred in a stage production. She went on to perform in several operatic musicals, and even won on a kids’ television singing show. Vikander started training in ballet at nine, moving to Stockholm alone at age 15 for further training. She traveled around the world for her summer courses in her determination to become a principal dancer. However, by the age of 16 she had discovered her passion for acting. This coupled with injuries that affected her ballet career, led Vikander to audition for drama school; though she was turned down twice.

Vikander’s career took off with appearances in short films and television shows in Sweden. She earned critical acclaim for her film debut, the 2010 Swedish movie Pure. International recognition came in 2012 with Anna Karenina, in which she played the role of Kitty. The following years saw Vikander bag several choice roles, for which she received worldwide praise. Her career took a turn in 2015, with big films like Testament of Youth, Seventh Son, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It was also her biggest year career wise, with roles in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, the latter getting her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other honors.

Apart from a blossoming career as an actress, Vikander has become quite the style icon. She is the face of Louis Vuitton, and is usually spotted in fresh-off-the-runway or even customized creations by the luxury label. Although she works with a stylish for red carpet appearances, Vikander is very involved in selecting her outfits for public appearances. The 27-year-old manages to carry everything from lounge wear to ultra-glamorous couture. Her fresh-faced looks have also made this ingénue a fashion industry favorite. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, including Vogue US and Harper’s Bazaar UK just within the first couple of months in 2016. Her youth and radiant skin give Vikander an almost ethereal look, which she manages to leverage in her beauty regime. She is mostly spotted with luminous skin, and a touch of blush and lipstick adding color to her face. When it comes to hair, she is experimental. When her locks are not left loose, she tries exotic updos or half-up styles.

The year ahead looks promising for Vikander, who has three movies coming out – Jason Bourne with Matt Damon, The Light Between Oceans with beau Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz, and Tulip Fever with Dane DeHaan.

From being rejected by drama school to winning an Academy Award at such an early stage of her career, Alicia Vikander has sure come a long way. It won’t be long before she has conquered Hollywood and the rest of the world’s hearts.


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