"I did a lot of acting when I was younger, because it felt very natural—my granddad, Jørgen Leth, is a director. But I've done a lot of other stuff, too. I worked at Wood Wood, which is a Danish brand, in the store. I was so bad at it. I remember my friend Amanda saying to a customer, 'This looks really good on you, and you can tone it up with a pair of stilettos or down with a pair of sneakers,' that classic trick. I was like, 'OK, yeah!' and I used it on everyone. Even the guys, sometimes. It was really the only thing I could say. After that I did some radio, and some television, and then I started modeling. I’m actually working on a documentary about a girl who lives here in Copenhagen and she’s an artist, so I'm following her around. Not modeling so much—when you're pregnant, you don't want people to touch you all the time.
Right now I live in the center of the city. It's kind of like Park Slope—all the chic, good-looking moms walking around, going to pregnancy yoga, and I'm with them cursing and swearing in the middle of class. I called my friend the other day and was like, 'I just signed up for pregnancy yoga. My life is over.' It's so slow and I always fall asleep. [Laughs] But being pregnant is nice. I'm taking a bunch of supplements now, like, seven a day or something. I guess that's quite good.
We wake up very early in the morning—we have dogs, and the big dog, our Great Dane, she wakes us up at six o'clock in the morning. So I jump into my pajamas and take them for a walk. But in order to really wake up, I have to take a shower. Then I feel like I'm rejuvenated. I don't wash my face—unless I'm taking off makeup, and then I use the Embryolisse Lotion Micellaire. The Karmameju Body Brush is great, too. It really gets into your skin, in a good way.
I also use this Rudolph Care Acai Body Balm, which is very thick, but when you put it on it melts like butter. I put it everywhere. I love that brand—the woman who started it was a TV host who had problems with her blood, so she wanted to make a natural product line. All the natural products then smelled bad or looked like shit, so she started her own. She also makes this Açai Facial Oil that I use. It's so small, and it's supposed to be, like, 100 kilos of açai berries. It sort of makes me look like I'm wearing makeup, because it really glows. Sometimes I use Embryolisse to moisturize. I use their Hydra Masque, too, maybe once a week. I put it on before I go to sleep, and it feels very hydrating.
Actually, I look up to women who wear a lot of makeup, because I'm not able to do it myself. I always think of Lauren Bacall, and how in the older films, she looked so beautiful. I'm not against makeup at all, it's just not my thing. But maybe when I turn 40, I'll be totally into it. There's one makeup artist here in Denmark that I love working with, and she made me buy Benefit Hoola, which is great. And I don't own a lot of makeup, so sometimes I'll just put that on my eyes, too. I do Hoola and my brows with Benefit Gimme Brow. It's the same brand, which is why I bought it—I was like, 'OK, this must be good!'
The other thing I have is this Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Convoitise, which I've used maybe five times, including New Year's Eve for the past three years. It's like, 'Oh, OK, it's New Year's' and I put it on. My style is all about being practical. If I'm buying an expensive pair of shoes, I want to be able to walk my dogs in them, you know? A few months ago I was looking at a pair of Dior shoes, and I asked the salesperson, 'Are they waterproof?' She said yes, so I bought them. The salesperson was like, 'I don't think you should walk your dogs in these,' and I said, 'Well, that's what I'm going to do.' I don't like buying things that I can't wear every day.
You know what, I've always been cutting my own hair. I'll be on set and the stylist might cut it, but I usually do it myself by putting my hair in braids and trimming the ends. Because my hair is a little curly, you can't really tell. I like my hair texture... I hate when its blown out. It makes it look like you can't trust it, it's too [perfect]. Hairstylists always do that. And then I have to go home and take a shower. My shampoo is the Rudolph Care Blossom Shampoo—the conditioner is the same. I like to let it air-dry naturally. It lives its own life, and I just let it. Sometimes I use the Aveda Be Curly Enhancer—it's quite good, but I also haven't tried anything else. [Laughs]
I have a lot of perfume, but I just wear this Dior one that belonged to my ex-boyfriend. Not in a weird way! It's called Milly-la-Forêt—I think it's a [reproduction] of the fragrances Christian Dior made from the '40s up until the '60s or something like that. It's so beautiful, yeah? It's the only thing I've ever finished."
—as told to ITG
Emma Leth photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Copenhagen on August 11, 2016.