Helena Christensen: biography
Helena Christensen is a Danish model and actress, whose legs were called the most beautiful in the world by Gianni Versace. Other stars of the fashion industry also admire her. Karl Lagerfeld appreciated the rare type of Helena's figure, and John Galliano claimed that she not only showed clothes but imbued images with life and inner fire. Her biography is a story of quick success thanks to a bright appearance and hard work.
Helena Christensen was born in Copenhagen on December 25, 1968. Her father was Danish, and her mother was a Peruvian, that is why the girl had an unusual appearance. As a child, she was fond of photography and music and took the first steps in the modeling business at the age of 6.
Modeling and career
Helena became famous at the age of 18 when she won the Miss Universe Denmark crown. It allowed her to represent her country in the Miss Universe. The young lady did not win the title, but she attracted attention and gained valuable experience working with a multinational audience.
When Helena returned from the competition, she decided to move to Paris. The model started her brilliant career with a successful photo shoot for Elle magazine; then she was showered with photographing proposals. Christensen appeared on the cover of Vogue (Peter Lindbergh took pictures) and signed lucrative contracts with leading designers.
Helena changed her place of residence again and settled in New York City. Overwhelming success and recognition allowed her to choose the most exciting jobs among the dozens of offers. The public knew her, first of all, as Victoria’s Secret angel because the model regularly appeared in new catalogs and starred in lingerie commercials.
The site models.com mentioned her name in Industry Icons, and the media called her one of the best models of the 1990s. In 1994, Helena took part in the photo shoot for the famous Pirelli calendar. The American photographer, Herb Ritts, took the photos.
Five years later, Christensen took a position of a creative director for Nylon magazine and designed her own clothing line, which was sold in the boutiques of New York City. When reporters asked Helena whether her outfits were comfortable, the woman replied that she didn’t care because inventing them, she didn’t worry about anyone but herself. Journalists and colleagues remembered the daring quote for a long time.
In the fashion industry, Helena became famous as a bold model. She did not fear to participate in scandalous projects and did not hesitate to strip herself naked. One advertising campaign featured her bare body on a giant billboard in Times Square when a fig leaf slightly covered her private parts.
Christensen did not give up the children's passion for photography. She has had dozens of solo exhibitions arranged as charity events, and her photos regularly appeared in Marie Claire and ELLE magazines.
In 1991, Christensen came to the audition of Chris Isaak's music video for the song “Wicked Game” and was successfully cast. She got the role of a fatal beauty who broke the heart of the protagonist. The shooting took place on a Hawaiian beach and included very explicit scenes, which, however, did not embarrass Helen at all.
As a result, it was named one of the sexiest videos of all time by MTV, and it was the beginning of the journey to the big screen for Christensen. In total, her filmography consists of a little more than a dozen films, most of them are short movies.
The relationships of beautiful Helena have always attracted media attention, especially since she has usually had torrid affairs. The most famous relationship was a love affair with INXS frontman Michael Hutchence. The couple dated for five years, then they broke up, citing the falling out of love. Later it transpired that Christensen had the relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. Billy Corgan replaced hiCorganm, but it was just a short love affair.
The next boyfriend was the American actor, Norman Reedus. On October 13, 1999, Helena gave birth to her only child, a son named Mingus Lucien. She also broke up with Reedus after five years of relationship, without getting married.
None of Christensen’s boyfriends became her husband. Helena admitted in an interview that she could not get along with a man under the same roof, so she only dated them.
“My life is constant travel, so it has to be like this,” the model explained. “I used to have my own space and things.”
Helena said that she even wanted more children, but she did not meet the right man.
The model has been friends with colleagues in modeling business Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Eva Herzigová for a long time. In her youth, Helena did not train hard, doing just basic exercises, until the model decided that she wanted to become stronger. Since then, she has done boxing exercises. Christensen also likes ballet and jogging.
Helena Christensen now
In 2018, 49-year-old Helena participated in a photo shoot, recreating a rare series of shots for InStyle magazine.
In 1991 she advertised swimsuits, including the Thierry Mugler unique metal bikini (this picture was on the cover of L.A. Style), and now the model has shown the same images again, demonstrating an excellent delicate figure.
Helena has recently announced the start of cooperation with Huawei company. It all started with a post on Instagram, promoting a new phone model, and later Christensen appeared in the campaign video and became the face of the brand.