Bette Franke- The next Kate Moss | FashionTV's Model of the Week
From a small province of the Netherlands to the top of the fashion world, this model has made it big. Her lips are the trademark that made top designers, photographers, and fashion magazine editors instantly fall in love with her. After a long break from the catwalks, she has made a great comeback this year and was ranked twice in the Fashiontv First Face countdown. Bette Franke is our model of the week.
The Netherlands has been known to supply the fashion world with plenty of stunning models. Top models like Lara Stone, Iekeliene Stange, and Doutzen Kroes all hailed from this small and peaceful European country. Another stunning model on that list is Bette Franke, a gorgeous model with an unmistakable pout.
Born in Heemskerk, in northern Holland, Bette Franke was discovered at the age of 14 while shopping with friends in Amsterdam. A modeling agent scouted her and little Franke decided to follow her dreams and become a professional model. One year later, in 2004, Bette Franke landed her first “Elle Girl” editorial. Photographers and fashion editors immediately knew that this young Dutch model would soon be strutting down the best catwalks.
Rocking the Runway
Most 16-years-old girls keep busy with shopping, fantasizing, and high school boys. However, for Bette Franke, the age of 16 was a great opportunity to debut on the catwalks of Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. After appearing as the first face of the Fall Jil Sander show in Milan, Franke walked for Hermes and Emanuel Ungaro in Paris Fashion Week. In September 2005, she opened and closed the Jil Sander spring fashion show, and was named “This Year’s Model” by WWD.
Between 2006 and 2008, Bette Franke was busy with establishing her name as one of the most promising models on the catwalks. She walked for top designers and brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Ferragamo, Miu Miu, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Top designer Anna Molinari also picked Franke to present her spring collection in 2006. Later Molinari described Franke as being “sweet, [and having] a strong personality and harmonious curves.”
Bette Franke, Fall 2008-2009
Franke made a comeback in the Spring 2012 season after not participating in any fashion week runways for a few years. That season, she was included for the first time in the FashionTV First Face countdown. The beautiful Dutch model reached the 5th spot on the list, after opening shows for Valentino, Barbara Bui, Akris and other designers. Franke was also included in the prestigious countdown during the Fall 2012 season. That season, she walked on 63 catwalks during Fashion Week, and opened 4 shows, including Dsquared2, Sportmax, Daks and Antonio Berardi.
Bette Franke, First Face Fall 2012
Throughout her fashion career, Bette Franke has appeared on several fashion magazine covers. “Avantgarde” was the first magazine who offered Franke a cover in 2007. The hot model appeared on this magazine’s cover once again in July 2008.
During 2007 Franke was also on the cover of “Numero Tokyo” magazine. One year later the Dutch beauty appeared on the covers of “Elle France” and “Flair Italy.” “French Elle” gave her another cover in 2010.
Bette Franke managed to land a “Vogue UK” cover in 2009, and in 2010 she was photographed for the cover of “Marie Claire Italy.”
Bette Franke, Top Model Spring 2012
Apart from her success on the catwalks, Bette Franke has been shot for an array of ad campaigns. In 2006, Franke signed a fragrance contract with Stella McCartney and a cosmetics contract with Yves Saint Laurent.
During 2007, she posed for Steven Meisel in a photoshoot for a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign. In addition Franke became the face of Oscar de la Renta, was photographed for the Hermes Fall catalogue, the Hugo by Hugo Boss and CK by Calvin Klein Fall ad campaigns.
Bette Franke is back in the spotlight after a long break from the modeling world. Looking back at the past two Fashion Week seasons, we can definitely assume that the Dutch stunner isn’t going anywhere and we will surely see more from her in upcoming shows.
Bette Franke, 2007-2008