She grew up with long, free and footloose summers in Ibiza, but school back in Denmark started with a firm handshake, discipline and homework which is something she has to do every day. Meet Sienna Bruun (14) – we caught up with her at home with her mother in Østerbro in Copenhagen.
What are you doing at the moment?
I’m in year 8 at Krebs School. I danced at Stepz for many years, but decided to take a break. Instead, I now exercise with my mother at Fitness.dk in Central Copenhagen or go running.
Krebs is known for being a strict school … ?
I love school. We start at 7.50 am and every morning all the pupils say good morning to the principal, shake hands and bow. Once a month we have a morning assembly. We get a lot of homework. I spend about an hour on it every day. That’s the way it’s been since year 1. If I can do it, I do it by myself. Otherwise my mother, father or stepfather helps me. Doing my homework isn’t something that’s difficult for me because I know that I just need to get it done.
Do you work outside school?
I’ve helped my father when he’s had sales and fashion shows (for Bruuns Bazaar and Baum und Pferdgarten – ed.). I’ve also worked a bit as a child model and do minor acting roles through my agent Artcast. But I don’t have any regular work outside school.
What will you be doing in the autumn school holidays?
I’m going to New York to visit my aunt and cousin. I love New York City. I’ve been there so many times that the city almost feels like home.
What are your favourite spots in New York?
Lucky Strike does the best burger in New York. Bar Pitti serves incredibly good food and the place is always full of exciting people. My mother has been taking me to a Japanese shop called Trico Field since I was a child. They do the best clothes for children and teenagers by Japanese designers that aren’t yet available in Copenhagen.
You have also been on a road trip to Arizona, Utah and California?
Yes, that was a huge experience that I would definitely recommend that everyone should pester their parents to do one. (Laughs) The landscape is so beautiful and familiar from so many films. Travelling together in a big car created a really great atmosphere. In the evenings, we lit a fire and ate hotdogs and meat that we put on sticks and barbecued on the fire. We went with my aunt, uncle and cousin who live in New York. There was no Wi-Fi, but we had a great time anyway. We brought DVDs and watched them when we just wanted to relax. We also drove an ATV which was fantastic. We went to a shooting range and shot pistols. Very American. It was the best holiday ever, but it also became quite intense by the end. I was glad to get back home to my own room and bathroom! I’m going to Thailand for Christmas with my dad. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s great to have sun, heat and family time in December.
What are your morning and evening skincare routines?
I use mineral water in a spray or a moisturising spray when I get up in the morning. It makes me feel fresh and clean. I have my own spray that I fill up with water and sometimes that’s plenty. But I also use moisturising sprays. Herbal Toner by The Organic Pharmacy feels fresh in the morning just before I put face cream on. I either use Rose Cream by Dr Hauschka or Skin Food by Weleda. They are really lovely, organic and not very expensive. I don’t use very much cream – especially if I apply it just after using a moisturising spray. I want it to be light and absorb and disappear quickly into my skin. I’ve just bought a new moisturising spray called Beauty Sleep by Amly and I use it just before going to bed.
What do you do to your hair?
I often have my hair cut when we’re in Slovakia where my mother comes from. But it is mostly my mother who trims my hair. I love it when my hair is shiny, soft and smells great. Moroccanoil, Leonor Greyl and Elvital are the brands that do the best shampoo and conditioner.
Who does the best deodorant?
Nuxe does. But I don’t use deodorant every day.
Do you use perfume?
I very rarely wear perfume. If I do it’s Chloe or the one from Bon Point (French children’s clothing brand – ed.). But I would never wear perfume to school, for example. It’s only for special occasions and then only as little of it as possible.
Do you use body products?
No. I don’t like the feeling of having cream all over me. Some days it’s nice to use a hand cream. The best one is by Clarins – and it’s my mother’s. I steal it from her bedside table.
Who does the best sun cream?
Nivea and Clarins do. I hate being all greasy. Those two don’t make you feel greasy.
Tekst & fotografi Liv Winther for WASH YOUR FACE