Agyness Deyn retires from modelling at the ripe old age of 29… to become a film star instead
British-born model has called time on modelling to focus on acting career
Deyn has fronted campaigns for Mulberry and Burberry
14:08 GMT, 16 October 2012
She has fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Doc Martens, and Mulberry, but 29-year-old Agyness Deyn has decided to call time on her modelling career.
The British beauty confirmed she has 'officially' stopped modelling in favour of pursuing her love of acting because she has grown disenchanted with the fashion industry over time.
She said: 'I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I've not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feeling were changing towards the industry.
Agyness Deyn has called time on her modelling career in favour of focusing on acting
'I didn't hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. I was something different.'
Deyn, who this year played a stripper in remake of Nicolas
Winding Refn's 1996 cult classic, Pusher, saw her preference switch from fashion to film with each new role she landed.
The star's acting career began in 2010 when she played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans. In 2011 she appeared as a warrior
in Woodkid's debut music video.
Following on from the success of Pusher, she made her West End stage debut as Paula in Franois
Archambault's comedy, The Leisure Society, for which she received rave
Top of her game: The model has walked the runway for countless huge industry names over the years
Deyn, who is now settled in New York
with husband Giovanni Ribisi, 37 whom she married in a ceremony earlier this
year, says she doesn't begrudge spending 10 years of her life travelling
the world for her sake of her modelling career because it gave her the
creative desire to try acting.
She explained to The New Review: 'Oh god, I loved it. Being 18 years old, from Manchester, and suddenly having this new world to explore – being able to travel, meet all these different people, and immerse myself in all these different cultures – was just so much fun.
'I got spotted [by a modelling agency] and I've had this great chunk of time – 10 years – to find out what I really wanted to do, which is to act.'
New goals: The star wants to focus on her acting career – and this year she appeared in On The Road with Richard Coyle
Multi-talented: Agyness has not only walked runways and fronted campaigns but she also designed her own clothing line
Deyn is now settled in New York with husband Giovanni Ribisi, 37, whom she married in a ceremony earlier this year
THE RISE AND RISE OF AGYNESS DEYN
Born in Lancashire in 1983Real name Laura Hollins, her name was apparently coined to further her modelling careerModel scouted by SELECT model management while shopping with designer Henry HollandVogue cover girl in 2007 alongside Doutzen KroesHas appeared in adverts for Anna Sui, Blugirl by Blumarine, Burberry, Cacharel, Doc Martens, Gianfranco Ferr, Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Reebok and Vivienne WestwoodWas face of 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 HollandLanded a Uniqlo campaign in 2007 and in 2010 her and her sister created a T-shirt line for the chainVogue Paris named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000sMarried Giovanni Ribisi in a surprise wedding in June 2012
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