Forget Kate Middleton: Here are 5 fresh-faced royals stirring up the fashion industry
*Note from the editor: this is a translated version of my article on <Vogue Korea>! Click here for the original.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark
The daughter of Pavlos, the Crown Prince of Greece and the Prince of Denmark, and Marie-Chantal Miller, the Crown Princess of Greece and the Princess of Denmark, Maria-Olympia is already a familiar face in the fashion industry. The 20-year-old-royal currently attends the Parsons School of Design, and has assumed the titles of a socialite, rising photographer, and a Dior Couture intern. A front-row regular at almost any fashion show, Maria-Olympia has also proven that she performs just as well on the other end of the camera by modelling for magazines such as Teen Vogue, W, and Tatler.
Beatrice Borromeo is a member of the ancient aristocratic House of Borromeo. The Italian noble previously graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and started her reporting career at the age of 19. Since then, she has assumed many titles: journalist, documentarian, and a special envoy for human rights associated with Fashion 4 Development (which is a UN affiliated initiative). She only recently secured her royal status through her marriage with Pierre Casiraghi—the younger son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and the grandson of the late Grace Kelly—in 2015. For her regal wedding, Borromeo opted for gowns by Dior and Valentino. “For formal occasions I wear Valentino or Armani because they are kind enough to let me borrow stuff,” she explained in an interview for <Glamour> magazine. It also helps that her uncle was the former President of the Valentino brand and that she has a personal relationship with the designer himself.
Lady Amelia Windsor
Dubbed ‘The Most Beautiful Member of the Royal Family’ by <Tatler> Magazine, in which she made her debut as a Tatler cover girl, Lady Amelia Windsor quickly became the name-to-know in British fashion. She is the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin and is currently 36th in line for the throne. Although her party-loving spirit has caused controversies surrounding her Instagram, her fun-loving spirit adds a fresh element to the otherwise traditional Royal Family.
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Despite the fact that she is Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi is not a true royal. Although she definitely has Monaco’s royal blood rushing through her veins, she is an illegitimate child born out of wedlock. Wanting her to grow up without the royal spotlight cast on her every move, her mother took Jazmin to California and she was raised in a normal environment. Though the 24-year-old Fordham University graduate has always known her special identity, she was not able to form strong relationships with her royal relatives. In her 2015 Exclusive with <Harper’s Bazaar>, where her public debut gained instant attention for her resemblance to both Lady Gaga and Grace Kelly, she revealed that she “wanted the moment to connect” with her father. “We’ve been enjoying a great relationship ever since,” Jazmin concluded.
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand is only 29 but has enjoyed a prolific professional career: starting as a national representative badminton player, bringing in the team gold at the 2005 23rd Southeast Asian Games, and debuting as a fashion designer just two years after her athletic success. Her debut Paris collection called “Presence of the Past” drew on her memories of her elder family members by giving a modern twist to the traditional Thai costumes. Currently, she is a front row favourite at numerous fashion shows, wowing the crowd and the photographers with her tasteful yet unique style.
About Ju Young (Jules) Lee
Figure skater, cheerleader, poet, and math geek. But most importantly, fashion enthusiast. A junior currently attending Seoul Foreign School, Jules likes to escape the extensive clutches of the IB Diploma Programme by immersing herself into the world of fashion—and indulging in the occasional sugary dessert—through her internship at Vogue Korea.