“I remember the moment when I looked at a newsstand and stared at myself on a cover for the first time. Weird!” Frederique Van Der Wal
Dutch supermodel and actress Frederique Van Der Wal has been a cover girl many times, including appearing on several covers of Cosmopolitan, and is best known as frequent model for the lingerie merchant Victoria’s Secret. She also has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on some occasions. As an actress, the heavy-lidded Frederique played supporting roles in such films as Two Girls and a Guy (1997, with Robert Downey Jr.), Wild Wild West (1999, with Will Smith), 54 (1998, with Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, and Neve Campbell) and The Million Dollar Hotel (2000, with Mel Gibson, Amanda Plummer and Milla Jovovich).
Also an entrepreneur, the blonde-haired, blue/green-eyed beauty has branched out into her own line of swimsuits, lingerie and fragrances.
Romantically speaking, Frederique has lived with screenwriter Nicholas Klein since July 1999. They have a 7-year-old daughter, Scyler Pim Klein.
Mother of 1
Childhood and Family:
In The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, Frederique Van Der Wal was born on August 30, 1967. She grew up on a farm on one of the newer polders in the Zuider Zee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from a college in The Netherlands at age 18, and then moved to New York to model professionally.
Frederique has one daughter named Scyler Pim Klein, who was born on May 4, 2000, with screenwriter-boyfriend Nicholas Klein. On her spare time, she likes reading, climbing, sailing, windsurfing, skiing, field hockey, tennis as well as going to movies and art galleries.
Holland-born Frederique Van Der Wal entered the celebrated Elite Look of the Year contest in Amsterdam by taking the suggestion of a local based modeling agency, and won. She next continued to the international competition in Mauritius and won there as well. Her win led to a contract with Elite Model Management. Instead of directly starting for magazine covers and runaways, she chose to complete her education and, after graduating, 18-year-old Frederique made her way to New York to pursue a modeling career.
Frederique was soon a hit, thanks to her appearances on nine Cosmopolitan covers shot by well-known photographer Francesco Scavullo. She added her popularity by appearing in such major publications as Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Madamoiselle, as well as starring in numerous advertising campaigns, most notably for Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women in the World and Guess?. She also has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on several occasions.
However, it was Frederique’s long-term association with Victoria’s Secret that garnered the supermodel the most appreciation. Recruited by Victoria’s Secret in the 1980s, when the company’s aim audience was only young women, she and American Stephanie Seymour became their most famous models during the company’s increase to its spot of worldwide fame in women’s wear.
Frederique’s phenomenal modeling success has enabled the supermodel to venture into numerous entrepreneurial pursuits. She has launched her own line of lingerie, swimsuits and fragrances. She also has added acting to her endeavors, appearing in several movies and television shows. Her film credits include Burnzy’s Last Call (1995), Two Girls and a Guy (1997, along side Robert Downey Jr.), 54 (1998, opposite Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, and Neve Campbell), Woody Allen’s Celebrity (1998), the Will Smith vehicle Wild Wild West (1999), The Venice Project (1999) and The Million Dollar Hotel (2000, starred Mel Gibson, Amanda Plummer and Milla Jovovich).
In 2006, Frederique became the host of TLC’s “Cover Shot,” an American reality show.