You might want to start learning how to pronounce Isadora Bjarkardóttir Barney. If the past few months are any indication, the 19-year-old will only be known as ‘Björk’s daughter’ for so long. Miuccia Prada certainly seems to think so: the designer chose Barney alongside household names like Sydney Sweeney, Emily Ratajkowski, Emma Corrin and Demi Singleton in the latest Miu Miu campaign. While the others more generally represent his fall 2022 collection, Barney is the only one to present the jewels of the season (which were made in collaboration with artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg). From the sound of it, this is just the start of his relationship with the label. “This introduces Isadora Bjarkardóttir Barney to the Miu Miu universe,” reads the accompanying press release. “She is part of a long line of emerging interdisciplinary Miu Miu muses, united in their difference – in their passionately individual stance.” To Barney, who shared the ads on instagramthe partnership is “a dream [come] true.”
The news follows another milestone for Barney: his big-screen debut, opposite Anya Taylor-Joy, Alexander Skårsgard and his mother in Robert Eggers. The man from the north. That may be because she acts as Doa Barney, but unlike her Miu Miu campaign, the role barely registers with the public. For someone who is the daughter of Björk and artist Matthew Barney, the newcomer is remarkably understated. In fact, she’s currently studying at Pitzer College, a liberal arts college in Claremont, California, and even worked at a record store in her mother’s hometown of Reykjavík earlier this year.
According to Barney, flying under the radar wasn’t difficult. “I think I really escaped [most of that]“, she said of the media attention as a child in a rare interview with The face. “Fortunately, they’re pretty niche when it comes to their audience! The 12-year-old classmates didn’t really listen to Björk or watch Matthew Barney’s art! So it wasn’t like my peers were aware of that, which worries my parents. Now she’s entering the public eye on her own terms: More acting gigs — and, apparently, Miu Miu campaigns — are on the way. In the meantime, you can listen the music it’s been done since Joanna Newsom inspired her to learn the harp.