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Barbara Palvin (pronounced [ˈbɒrbɒrɒ ˈpɒlvin]; born 8 October 1993)[4] is a Hungarian model. She was the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue "Rookie of the Year". In 2019, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Barbara Palvin
Barbara Palvin Cannes 2016.jpg
Barbara Palvin at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1993-10-08) 8 October 1993 (age 25)
Albertirsa, Hungary[1]
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active2006–present
Modeling information
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue
  • IMG Models (Worldwide)
  • Uno Models (Barcelona)
  • Icon Model Management (Budapest)[3]




Discovered on the streets of Budapest at the age of 13, Palvin shot her first editorial in 2006 for Spur Magazine. Palvin subsequently moved to Asia where she maintained a steady stream of bookings.[5] Since then, Palvin has been on the cover of L'Officiel (Paris, Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore), Vogue (Portugal), Marie Claire (Italy, Hungary), Glamour Hungary , Elle (Britain, Italy, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Serbia, Hungary), Allure, Harper's Bazaar and Jealouse Magazine. Palvin has appeared in campaigns for Armani Exchange, H&M, Victoria's Secret, and Pull & Bear.[6] In February 2012, she became an ambassador for L'Oréal Paris.[7] In 2016, Palvin was revealed to be a part of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Class.[8] She also became the new face of Armani's signature scent "Acqua di Gioia." Palvin is the face of Amazon Fashion and appeared on Express and Chaos advertising campaigns.

Her runway debut was for Prada during Milan Fashion Week in February 2010. Palvin has also walked for Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Emanuel Ungaro, Christopher Kane, Julien MacDonald, Jeremy Scott, Giles Deacon, Vivienne Westwood, Etro, and opened the pre-Fall 2011 Chanel show. In 2012, she walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and wore Rosa Clara on the Barcelona Bridal Week 2012 runway.[9] Palvin returned to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2018.[10] In 2019, she became the first Hungarian Victoria's Secret Angel.[11] Palvin's curves and non-standard runway measurements have been considered by the media to be the brand's direction toward "body positivity".[12]

Palvin is often compared to Russian model Natalia Vodianova; British Vogue editor Miranda Almond said, "We chose Barbara because she is absolutely exquisite looking, a cross between a young Brooke Shields and Natalia Vodianova".[13] Palvin credits Vodianova and Kate Moss as her favorite models.[14]


Palvin appeared in the 2014 film Hercules as mythological queen Antimache.[15][16]

Media rankingsEdit

As of 2016, Palvin was ranked number 14 on the Money Girls list by and #17 on Forbes as one of the highest paid models in the world.[17] Later that year, she was ranked 4th in Maxim Hot 100 in 2016.[18]Tumblr's 2017 list of most popular models reported Palvin to be the second most popular model on the social media site.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Palvin is in a relationship with American actor Dylan Sprouse[20] and they live together in Brooklyn.[21]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Hercules Antimache


  1. ^ "Who is Barbara Palvin and why is she the new it girl?". Glamour México. this it girl is originally from Albertirsa, Hungary
  2. ^ "IMG Models Barbara Palvin". IMG Models. CDS.
  3. ^ "Barbara Palvin - Model". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ Palvin Barbara's Hungarian biography ‹See Tfd›(in Hungarian)
  5. ^ "Barbara Palvin". New York. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Fashion Model Directory". Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  7. ^ Niven, Lisa. "L'Oreal's New Girl". Vogue. Conde Nast. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  8. ^ Niven, Lisa. "SI Swimsuit 2016 Rookie Reveal: Barbara Palvin". Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Rosa Clara Bridal collection 2014". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Barbara Palvin's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Photo Diary, Featuring Gigi Hadid, Candice Swanepoel, and Boyfriend Dylan Sprouse". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  11. ^ Frey, Kaitlyn (14 March 2019). "Barbara Palvin Is the Newest Victoria's Secret Angel: 'It's the Ultimate Career High'". People.
  12. ^ "Instagrammers loved one Victoria's Secret post that broke the mold — and it could reveal a comeback strategy for the struggling brand". Business Insider.
  13. ^ "Barbara Palvin model to watch". Vogue UK. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  14. ^ "meet Hungarian model Barbara Palvin". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  15. ^ Barbara Palvin (16 September 2013). "Had an amazing day shooting #Hercules @BrettRatner @TheRock #Irina 😍". Retrieved 4 April 2018 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Brett Ratner. "Tweets with replies by Brett Ratner (@BrettRatner) - Twitter". Retrieved 4 April 2018 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Barbara Palvin - Model". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Maxim Hot 100 - 2016 (Visual)". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Exclusive: Tumblr's List of 2017's Most Popular Models Includes Bella Hadid, Barbara Palvin, and Some Very Revealing Insights About Fashion's Super Fans". Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Barbara Palvin Calls Boyfriend Dylan Sprouse the 'Perfect Guy,' Reveals 'She's Very Much in Love'". People.
  21. ^ "Digital Cover: Dylan Sprouse & Barbara Palvin, a Modern Love Story". W.

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