Birgit Kos's Sweet Smell of Success

Make way, she's the BOSS lady.

BY Juern Ng | Mar 14, 2019 | Feature

Images courtesy of BOSS.

Growing up in a small town in Holland, the Dutch beauty never thought of becoming a model. “A lot of people thought I was a boy when I was young because my mum had cut my hair short. Everybody would ask, ‘Is that your son?’ And she’d be like, ‘No, that’s my daughter!’”

When she was 14 years old, like most young teens Birgit Kos hadn’t given much thought to what the future holds, and she surely didn’t expect to find herself a career while on holiday. “I was with my family in Amsterdam when I was scouted by two different agencies. So, we [thought], ‘Okay, we could try it out, see what it is.’”

In another life, Kos imagined she would have lost herself in the beauty of nature. “I really like to go with people out into nature, teach them about it and about surviving in it.” Coming from an active and sporty family, it’s no surprise she fell in love with the outdoors. “Every time we went on summer holidays, [we’d spend] two weeks on the beach and one week in the mountains, in pure complete nature. I was always the most excited to go out [in the mountains]. Lying on the beach, I would get bored quickly but being in the mountains and the forest, it really felt like [I belonged].”

Interestingly, the 2018 BOSS The Scent ad featuring her and Jamie Dornan is set within an augmented reality. “I think it’s a beautiful containment because we’re trying to tell a story. It’s like trying to tell everybody that it’s good to disconnect from your screens, to connect with each other in reality and to use our senses. It’s not just about seduction, it’s about everything together. I think that’s a really nice concept that’s very [relevant] nowadays.”

Kos describes BOSS The Scent For Her as an ageless smell. “Young people as well as old can wear this perfume. It speaks to everybody.” A fragrance that truly screams success has no age limit. She explains the fragrance further, saying “I love that it has the mandarin, which makes it really fresh. But at the same time, it has the deep notes of the chocolate and the coffee, and I think that combination makes it a really beautiful perfume that, in my opinion, suits [many].”

Her fellow BOSS ambassador, Jamie Dornan is most famous for his role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, among others. Kos recounts working with Dornan and the famous Irish actor himself as anything but intimidating. “It was actually really nice and easy [working with Dornan]. He’s a very down-to-earth person, very easy to communicate with.”

On set, Kos found herself in the position of not only a model but also an actress. “[Dornan’s] of course very professional and I’m quite new. But he was very patient and I learned a lot by just watching how he did his scenes. Altogether, I think we had a really great working partnership.”

Will Kos decide to spread her wings and venture into acting in the future? “I’m definitely very interested and I would like to see how I can involve myself in it. It’s out of my comfort zone but the interest is there.”

Guess we’ll have to wait and see!