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Summer Siren

At 21, Danish model Nina Agdal has already fronted multiple fashion campaigns (Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret among them) and even has the requisite sexy Super Bowl commercial (for Carl’s Jr.) under her belt. Some say the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is definitely in the cards, but the in-demand beauty, who’s hosting the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, July 18-22, has other ideas for her sunny future.

Nina Agdal

So what does the host of the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge do exactly?
Oh, you know [laughs]. I’ll spend my days at the beach and check out the shows at night. A lot of models come in for the event, so I’ll get to see a bunch of my friends.

Do you see Miami as relevant in terms of fashion?
I think when people look for swimwear inspiration, they look to Miami. We just don’t throw on a bathing suit; it’s always a look.

In 2012 you were Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue’s Rookie of the Year. How was that?
It was an honor. Kate Upton had won the year before, so I followed in fabulous footsteps.

Rumors are that you’re a likely contender for that edition’s cover. Any thoughts on that?
The cover is the ultimate goal, but being featured in the magazine is like what they say about the Oscars: It’s great to just be nominated.

Your Super Bowl commercial for Carl’s Jr. was one the year’s most watched. Did you think it would be such a big deal?
I got to go to Hawaii and eat a fish sandwich. It was great. My grandma called me right after it aired to tell me how proud she was, although she did say, ‘Nina, please put on more clothes.’

By modeling standards, you’re already considered old. Ever think about that?
Of course I think about it, but modeling isn’t the only thing I want to do with my life. I’m looking forward to going back to school and becoming a dentist.

A dentist! Really?
Yep, dentistry is a passion of mine.

That’s quite a change.
Not really. I’ve had years of experience with floss bikinis.