There was a moment in the mid-aughts when the era of the unapproachable, hyperfeminine model ended, and a new world order of relatable, fresh-faced beauties emerged. At the front of the pack was—and still is—Behati Prinsloo, embodying equal parts girl next door and carefree bohemian. It’s that duality that launched her now-decadelong career, most famously as a Victoria’s Secret angel. When we caught up with Prinsloo, who welcomed her second daughter with Maroon 5 lead singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine earlier this year, she proved that through a whirlwind life and career she’s managed to keep her feet planted firmly on the ground—with or without her shoes on. Plus, she shares the must-haves she’s currently shopping at Barneys.
The Window: First and foremost, how’s motherhood?
Behati Prinsloo: What an amazing adventure it’s been so far! It’s like nothing I ever could have imagined, and I’m loving every single minute of the journey.
How have your two daughters changed life as you knew it?
I feel like I’m 2 years old because my life truly began when Dusty and Gio came into our lives.
You were raised in Namibia—what’s one thing that hasn’t changed about your style since you were a kid?
Doc Martens boots have been on my feet since I was 15 (when I’m wearing shoes, that is).
Who are some of your style icons? How would you describe your personal style?
Brigitte Bardot, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks, and Gwen Stefani. That sounds like a wild mix, but what I respond to from them is that they are strong women who wear what feels right for them.
You’ve been vocal on social media on issues such as gun control and elephant conservation. What are some issues or causes (long-standing and recent) you’re most passionate about and why?
Education is very important. The more informed people are about the world outside their front door, the better decisions they can make. If just one person learns about a cause or an issue from me, I feel like I am helping.
Instagram has become such an important part of the modeling industry since you started. What are your feelings about it?
It feels good for people to get to know me as myself, not just the characters I played in an editorial or on the runway.
You recently wore a vintage Versace look on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Please tell us there’ll be more throwback moments like that in the future!
Thank you so much. The vibrant colors, intricate ruching, and pleating drew me to that dress. I love the way the fabric flowed when I moved in it. This specific dress was from Gianni Versace’s Spring 1994 collection. Collecting vintage is a passion of mine, and I enjoy giving the clothes new life by wearing them.
What are some goals you hope to reach in the next five to ten years?
I am so excited to see my daughters grow into women. Professionally, I have been blessed to work with great people, and I’m looking forward to continuing.