Born on the Caribbean island of Aruba, brought up in Manchester and educated at Leicester University, Vivien Solari’s illustrious modelling career began when she was spotted at 19, studying in her first year for a degree in Psychology. Within a few months she worked with Italian Vogue and had a lucrative fragrance campaign with Versace causing her to put her studies on hold.
Vivien has a classical beauty that transcends any era. She has the rare ability to flip from high-octane glamour queen to hippie chick to timeless beauty in a flash. Due to her chameleon-like beauty she has been the face of numerous campaigns such as Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Acne, Lancelle, Hermes, Uniqlo, Stella McCartney, APC, Mulberry, the Row, Mango and Joseph. She has worked with the world’s most talented photographers including Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, Paolo Roversi, Inez and Vinoodh , Mert and Marcus and Nick Knight. Her extensive portfolio includes covers for Italian, British and German Vogue and Numero, and clients such as Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Vera Wang, Burberry, Swarovski, Balenciaga and Valentino.
Vivien is also keen swimmer which has enabled her to develop a passion for coldwater swimming. She now swims everyday, proving that she is a woman of many talents both professionally and outside of work. Vivien has since created an Instagram account dedicated to her swimming endeavours @coldseawarmheart. It’s here that she posts photos from her daily dips: glacial, graywaves; underwater limbs mid-stroke; and swim-cap selfies.