Los Angeles, California native Charlotte Free was discovered while playing video games in an arcade, her trademark pink hair flowing with every step, hop, and jump. One week later, Free flew to New York City to sign with IMG Models, and immediately booked shoots with Craig McDean, Terry Tsiolis, and Richard Burbridge.
Free made her runway debut shortly thereafter, and at 5'7" feet tall, was one of the most talked-about models of the season. Teen Vogue named Free "girl of the moment," and her candy-floss-colored mane captured the attention of Jeremy Scott, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld who used her in their respective collections.
During the most recent ready-to-wear season in Milan, Free famously roller-skated down the runway for Scott's Barbie-themed Moschino collection, and Lagerfeld made Free a special "Free Freedom" placard to hold as she marched down Chanel Boulevard at the Grand Palais. Lagerfeld also captured Free for a series of Chanel campaigns, and Kenneth Willardt photographed her as one of the newest faces of Maybelline cosmetics.
Free has appeared in print promotions for Benetton by Steven Meisel, and Topshop by Josh Olins, in addition to Edun, Santa Lolla, Henrique Gendre, 7 For All Mankind, and Tous, by Ryan McGinley, James Franco, and Richardson, respectively, in addition to advertisements for Eleven Paris opposite Lenny Kravitz. Phil Poynter, Hedi Slimane, Cedric Buchet, Glen Luchford and Solve Sundsbo have photographed Free for Love, V, Dazed & Confused, Interview, and Purple magazines, as well as for the international editions of Vogue.
Off-duty, Free enjoys making music and deejaying art raves and dance festivals. She is also studies homeopathy, nature, religion and ancient history, and actively involved with the Animal Welfare Institute, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.