Sophie Dahl is a British model turned writer who was born in London, England, in September of 1977. It is worthy to note that her mother’s father was the famous author, Roald Dahl, who wrote the timeless classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When she was eighteen she was discovered by a stylist working for Vogue. However, she was not considered to be a traditional model. In 1995 at the time she was discovered the norm was a very slim, androgynous look, however Sophia was considerably curvy with a 38DD bra size. This break against the industry norm succeeded in getting her attention when she landed a gig in the Elton John music video “Something about the Way You Look Tonight.”
For the next three years she modelled some, and was even featured in the 1999 Pirelli calendar, and moved from London to New York to help advance her career. This worked out for her as she managed to land an appearance on the cover of Vogue in February of 2000. This was a huge leap forward in her modelling career as it managed to propel her into the public sphere.
Taking a risk
In fact it was Sophie Dahl’s voluptuous body that made the most headlines when she agreed to be the main model in an Yves Saint Laurent billboard campaign for their newest model, Opium. In the billboard she was nude against a black backdrop, her body arched in mock passion. However, the billboards were reported to the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK, and the complaints subsequently got the billboards removed.
The next year (2001) she turned her attention to the stage when she agreed to perform in The Vagina Monologues. This was actually her second turn at some form of acting as she portrayed Juliet in the BBC’s radio rendition of the classic Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet in 1999. She would again turn to acting when she appeared in the 2002 movie, People I Know, portraying a sexually alluring starlet.
A very versatile woman
After her interactions with acting, Dahl took yet another odd step in 2003 when she published a novella entitled The Man with the Dancing Eyes. This move demonstrated to everyone that Sophie was more than just a curvy model who could stir up controversy. A few years later she was also invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday celebration.
She continued modelling during this time as well, becoming the face of the Boucheron advertising campaign in 2006, appearing on the cover of British Vogue in 2004 and 2007, the cover of Arena in 2007, and on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 2008. In 2008 she returned to her writing career when she published
Playing with the Grown-Ups: A Novel.
Currently Sophie is focusing on something else entirely as she recently decided to make a transition to television when she signed a contract to host a cooking show on the BBC network. With so many different and interesting facets going on in her career and her life, it is hard to know for sure where Sophie’s next step will be, but one thing is certain is that it will most likely be an interesting one.