You’ve probably seen Danish model Josephine Skriver walking the runways of Victoria’s Secret and other top brands, including Chanel and Valentino, but what you may not know about her is that she was born via IVF.
Speaking during a video interview with i-D magazine, Skriver revealed some very interesting details about her childhood. She was conceived via IVF and raised by a lesbian mother and a gay father in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“When people look at me and know that I’m an IVF kid, I hope they see a person, a human being, just like anyone else,” Skriver explained. “You get so many, ‘She’s not made the natural way, she shouldn’t even be here,’ but I am not a science experiment. I am not synthetic. I am just as real as you are.”
Speaking of her upbringing, the model revealed that her mother had wanted to bring a child into the world, and placed an advertisement in a local LGBTQ magazine.
“My upbringing was a little different from other people. I have a mom who is gay and it’s not as easy to all of a sudden get pregnant. But ever since she was a kid, she wanted to be a mom. So in Denmark in 1992, there was this newsletter for the whole LGBTQ community and my mom put an ad in there saying, ‘I want to bring a child into this world, does anyone want to be a part of that?’ She got a few replies, and the first one ended up being my dad,” Skriver explained.
Growing up, she revealed that her parents were open about it and there was no shame, until she started school and other children began to taunt her.
“I started school and people told me I was different and told me I was weird,” she confessed. But I was such a proud kid that no one ever really bullied me.” That did happen later in life, though.
Social media proved to be the place where people unleashed their negativity and hate, and the comments that Skriver has received online are absolutely terrible.
“Social media is where it gets really hard with the hate. It’s the one place where people can say whatever they want with no consequences,” she explained. “You get so many ‘that’s disgusting,’ ‘that’s gross,’ ‘I feel bad for you,’ ‘oh my God I can’t even believe it,’ but it comes from a place I don’t understand. And what’s hard about the internet and social media is that I can’t talk back.”
Watch the video below.