She was born Kristin Clotilde Holby, but only her middle name sufficed when she went from designing fabric to modeling clothes.
Born in Norway and raised in Larchmont, New York, Clotilde 's modeling career took off in the late seventies, with many covers and editorial assignments for Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, among other magazines. She did plenty of advertising work too, but despite her work with Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, her work with Ralph Lauren has overshadowed her modeling for French fashion houses..
She could look sporting, demure, or elegant. In these photos - all taken from the same Ralph Lauren cosmetics ad - she conveys all three looks.
Clotilde had a minor role in the 1983 Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places, as the girlfriend of Aykroyd's snooty rich character. I remember seeing that movie back in the 1980s and thinking, "Isn't she a famous model?" When I saw that she was credited as Kristin Holby - a name I had not heard before - I thought, "Naah, I'm thinking of someone else." The heck I was! :-D
After marrying her second husband, Dr. James Darnell, she quit the modeling business, returned to Larchmont, and raised three children. She also started a dress shop of her own in Larchmont, the link to which is here.