Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino – just some of the fashion houses that Magdalena Frackowiak has modeled for during her 15 years in the industry. Discovered at the age of 16 after winning a model search contest in Warsaw, she shot to fame when she spread her wings as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. After years of submerging herself in the fashion and beauty industry, Frackowiak is chasing a new dream: jewelry design.
Her eponymous line of fine jewelry is handcrafted exclusively in her native country of Poland. The collection embodies modern sophistication, taking inspiration from the model’s biggest passions: architecture, fine art, and fashion. Each piece is finely crafted from 18-karat gold using the timeless process of lost-wax casting and unique hand-finishing techniques. The result? A beautiful line of pieces made for the contemporary woman – or man.
Savoir Flair sat down exclusively with the supermodel to discuss her jewelry line, how she starts her morning, and what the modeling industry has taught her. Keep scrolling to read the interview and discover some of her pieces, below.
You were born in Gdansk, but now live between New York and Warsaw. Which city is closest to your heart?
Gdansk is one of the most beautiful old cities in Poland. It’s on the Baltic Sea with beautiful wild beaches and nature. I grew up there, and my family is still there. I’m very proud of my Polish heritage, but I’ve spent ten years in New York and I can say that it’s my second home – I started my career there, I have lots of friends in the city, I know all its streets. I would say that Warsaw and New York are the two cities I love the most.
I’ve worked hard for 15 years, and I can say that beauty is not everything.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you change it often?
My style is quite simple. I dress in black most of the time. I tried a few colors, but I feel the best in black. It’s sophisticated, minimal, and with a touch of gothic style. I love lace, velvet, and natural materials. One of my favorite designers to wear is Dolce & Gabbana – I’m wearing it today.
What has the modeling industry taught you?
I’ve worked hard for 15 years, and I can say that beauty is not everything. What I learned most is to have a strong character and be hardworking, confident, and punctual. All these characteristics are important to become someone great in any occupation. You also have to maintain good relationships with people, respect people, know how to work and communicate with them, and understand different cultures and religions – the world is so diverse.
Besides modeling, what are your other passions?
There are a lot of subjects that I’m interested in – there’s architecture, art, music, movies. When I’m away from work, I spend time with my boyfriend, my friends, my family. I read books. I watch old movies. I’m also very interested in vintage fashion and jewelry.
Speaking of beautiful things, could you give us a hint about your morning beauty routine?
When I wake up, I have to refresh myself because I’m very sleepy. I brush my teeth, spray a rose toner on my face, put on a hydrating mask to give me some glow for the day, and make a herbal tea. I look through the press to have an overview of what’s happening in the world, then look through my e-mails. But one of the most important things I do is drink some warm water with lemon and a bit of a honey.
What inspires you?
I think all those years have shaped and sharpened my eye. Working with amazing artists woke my creativity up. I’m a very visual person, I observe every day. I see shapes, surfaces, color. I see people and their character. Jewelry gives me the opportunity to create and design, to show people my creativity and my artistic soul. The inspiration can come from everyday life, like an image on Instagram or in a movie – even nature can inspire me.
When and how did your jewelry design adventure begin?
Jewelry is an accessory I have always been intrigued by. Throughout all those years of modeling, I’d been observing jewelry, and decided it was something I wanted to try. I started to design and brought my sketches to the jeweler. We discussed measurements, the surface, the right tools to use. I found the best artisans in Poland and created an amazing team of people who also believed in my project.
I still feel I’m in fashion and always will be; I just create it in a different way.
What do modeling and jewelry design have in common?
Fashion is an art, as is jewelry, and you work with artists for both. Jewelry gives me a chance to still be in fashion and work with people I have worked with for so many years, but from another side – not as a model, but as a designer. It’s like standing on the other side of the mirror. I still feel I’m in fashion and always will be; I just create it in a different way.
Describe the woman who wears your jewelry?
She likes minimalistic and elegant jewelry, and has a character very similar to mine – she’s romantic with a drop of eroticism. She’s very feminine, but also very cool. She can wear a gold pendant with a men’s shirt and vintage jeans during the day, and later with a black dress in the evening.
What is your biggest dream from a professional standpoint?
Right now, that would definitely be to see my jewelry in the best stores all over the world, and to see people wearing it at events and on the streets.