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Agyness Deyn

Agyness Deyn backstage at the Anna Sui fashion show.
Birth name Laura Hollins
Date of birth 16 February 1983 (1983-02-16) (age 27)
Place of birth Failsworth, Greater Manchester, England
Height 1.73
Hair colour Blonde
Eye colour Blue
Measurements (US) 32-24-34 ; (EU) 81-61-86
Dress size (US) 4 ; (EU) 34
Shoe size (US) 9 ; (EU) 40

Agyness Deyn (born Laura Hollins[1] on 16 February 1983[2]), often referred to as Aggy, is an English model, actress and singer. Deyn has been hailed as "the fashion industry's next great supermodel".[3]


Early life

Deyn is from Failsworth in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester.[4][5] The daughter of a nurse, Lorraine, and second of three children she attended All Saints RC High School, as well as Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Sixth Form in Waterfoot, Rossendale.

Deyn's name was apparently coined to further her modelling career after she consulted her mother's friend, a numerology expert who advised her of the most 'fortuitous' way to spell the name 'Agnes'.[6] It was reported that her mother Lorraine and sister Emily have both changed their surname to Deyn, while Lorraine has changed the I in her first name to Y.[7]

Deyn's working life started serving part-time aged 13, at a fish and chip shop in Ramsbottom. Even at an early age she had an eye for style and by 17 she had already had her head shaved. "I’ve had short hair since I was 13, and when I was 17, I had a skinhead." [8] In 1999, she won the Rossendale Free Press "Face of '99" competition, aged just 16.[9] She then moved to London, working in a fast-food restaurant during the day and a bar at night but admits: "It didn’t quite work."[10] During this time she says she was also at college in Hull, studying drama and music.[citation needed]


Modelling career

Deyn's biography states that she was spotted while shopping with fashion designer Henry Holland in Kentish Town, London[11]. She then signed with SELECT model management. Currently she is signed with Models 1 in the UK.

In May 2007 she was featured on the cover of Vogue from USA, alongside Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.[12]

Deyn on the catwalk in Anna Sui, February 2008

She has also been featured on the covers of: UK Vogue, the Observer Woman supplement, The Sunday Times Style, Pop, Grazia, Time Style & Life, Vogue Italia, and numerous other international publications.[13]

As for professional endorsements Deyn has appeared in advertisements for Anna Sui, Blugirl by Blumarine, Burberry, Cacharel, Gianfranco Ferré, Moussy, Maison Gilfy, Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Reebok and Vivienne Westwood. While garnering such prestigious contracts she is currently the face of the new fragrance The Beat by Burberry, Gold by Giles Deacon at New Look replacing Drew Barrymore, Jean Paul Gaultier's fragrance Ma Dame, Shiseido (replacing Angelina Jolie), and childhood friend Henry Holland's label House of Holland. In 2009, Deyn landed the new Uniqlo campaign and appeared in a commercial with Gabriel Aubry.

In May 2008 Deyn was guest editor of i-D magazine. The issue was devoted to her and includes articles written by and about Deyn, as well interviews she conducted with fashion insiders such as Vivienne Westwood.

In June 2009, the Daily Mirror reported that Deyn had quit modelling to spend more time with her boyfriend. The newspaper quoted a source as saying that modelling had started to bore Deyn and that she had hired an acting agent to pursue an acting career in British independent films.[14]

Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[15]

Musical career

Deyn provides vocals for the single "Who" by Five O'Clock Heroes as well as featuring in the video. The single was poorly received by NME, who gave it only a 2/10.[16] The single charted at #109 in the UK.[17]

Until recently she was a member of the now defunct group Lucky Knitwear.[18]

Personal life

Deyn has dated Josh Hubbard of The Paddingtons[3], Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes[19] and Miles Kane from The Last Shadow Puppets, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet, and Rascals.

She has lived in Primrose Hill, London and New York City.[20]

She is known to her friends as "Aggy".



  1. ^ Day, Elizabeth; Challand, Christine (2007-07-03). "How Laura from the Village Chippy became Agy the Vogue cover girl". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  2. ^ Cochlin, Daniel (2007-09-29). "Is model Agyness Deyn - the new Kate Moss - really three years older than she says?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b Callahan, Maureen (31 March 2008). "Great Deyn". The New York Post. 
  4. ^ Tomboy Agyness is Britain’s top model - News - Oldham Advertiser
  5. ^ Chippie girl to conquer the world - News - Manchester Evening News
  6. ^ Vogue May 2007
  7. ^ How Agyness Deyn's name ensures fame and fortune
  8. ^ Wells, Emma (2008-03-25). "Top Of The Crops". Sunday Times. London. 
  9. ^ Agyness is Britain’s top model - News - Rossendale Free Press
  10. ^ Good, Jenna (2007-09-13). "Agyness is the new Kate Moss". The Sun. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Hit Girls - American Vogue, May 2007
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Agyness Deyn to quit modelling and New York for acting". Daily Mirror. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  15. ^ Les 30 Mannequins des Années 2000 Retrieved 2010-01-20
  16. ^ Five O Clock Heroes - Five O’Clock Heroes Feat Agyness Deyn - Track Reviews - NME.COM
  17. ^ Zobbel UK Chart Database
  18. ^ Agyness Deyn Profile in the FMD-database. Accessed 2008-06-10.
  19. ^ "Morning Memo: Agyness Deyn Engaged; Mariah Carey Celebrates Her Marriage; Gossip Girl Identity Theft".  The New York Observer
  20. ^ Agyness Deyn - Model Profile - Fashion on New York Magazine

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