Beard Power: Kim Edvinsson’s Södermalm

Interview by Tracy Stefanucci

Photography by Jessica Wikström

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“If I didn’t have a beard, I’d be a nobody,” jokes 27-year- old Kim Edvinsson, referring to the success of his modeling career in Stockholm, Sweden, which caught on like wildfire after a photographer friend posted a photo of him and his now-legendary beard on Instagram. Kim moved to Stockholm from the southern town of Halmstad, near the border to Denmark, in 2010, but his new home was not what he expected: “Stockholm has different areas that are like different countries in one city—and almost no one living in this city grew up here. You’ve got the south of Stockholm that is very cultured and socially conscious, that does yoga and eats healthy and doesn’t care what other people think. Then you’ve got the north of Stockholm that’s like… rich people,” he says with a grin.

 

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is a cluster of islands on the country’s east coast. When Kim says “the south of Stockholm” he is talking about Södermalm—often referred to as simply “Söder”—the island on the southern edge of the city. A formerly working class area now marked by gentrification, it has a reputation for alternative culture and left-leaning values.

 

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