Helena Christensen - Danish Photographer, Career and Childhood

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The former Miss Denmark, Helena Christensen, is a famous model and photographer and has walked the ramps for brands like ‘Victoria’s Secret Angel’

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BirthdayDecember 25, 1968
NationalityDanish
FamousDanish Photographer, Millionaires, Models, Photographers
SpousesMichael Hutchence, Norman Reedus
SiblingsAnita Christensen
Childrens Mingus Lucien Reedus
Birth PlaceCopenhagen
Height178cm
GenderFemale
Net Worth$8 million as of Oct 7,2016
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inCopenhagen
Famous asDanish photographer

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Who is Helena Christensen?

Helena Christensen is a Danish born supermodel who got her first big break as an original ‘Victoria’s Secret Angel’. Professionals in the industry became aware of her because of the success she had achieved as a beauty queen. She was awarded ‘Miss Denmark’ in 1986 and went on to compete in ‘Miss Universe’ that same year. She met several representatives and eventually moved to Paris, to further explore the modeling industry. Before and after the iconic Victoria’s Secret campaign, Christensen appeared on many magazine covers and in billboards all over the world and in ‘Times Square’. She became a spokeswoman for ‘Revlon’ and made an appearance in Chris Isaak’s music video for his song ‘Wicked Game’, which was voted number 13 on VH1’s countdown of best music videos in 1990. In 1999, she was named creative director of ‘Nylon’, a magazine that focuses on pop culture and fashion. She has photographed for this magazine as well as ‘ELLE’ and ‘Marie Claire’. Photography has been a hobby for her since she was a young child, and she has achieved much success with it, opening galleries such as ‘A Quiet Story’ and ‘Far From, Close’. She has since launched a fashion line that sells vintage style clothing and has championed fundraisers for the fight against breast cancer.

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Childhood & Early Life

In 1968, Helena was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mother. She has said that living in Denmark with a South American mother was a strong character-building experience.

She is multilingual, speaking Danish, Spanish, and English from a young age. Although she was bullied for this in school, she is happy the opportunity these skills have brought to her now.

Career

In 1983, she accidentally entered a beauty pageant, believing it was a fashion show for charity. She won it at the age of 16.

At the age of 18, she won the ‘Miss Denmark crown in 1986. This compelled her to compete in the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant, held in Panama, which she competed in the same year.

In March of 1990, she was on the cover of the British edition of ‘Vogue’ magazine. This would be the first of six appearances on the cover.

She became one of the original ‘Victoria’s Secret Angels’ alongside top supermodels such as Tyra Banks, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, and Daniela Pestova. She worked with this company in print, in commercials, and on the catwalk throughout the 1990s.

In 1991, she starred alongside Chris Isaak in his music video for “Wicked Game.” The video was a hit, ranking number 4 on MTV’s ‘Sexiest Video of All-Time’ and number 13 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Videos’.

A year later, in 1992, she became the spokesmodel for ‘Revlon’ and their brand of makeup. During the same time period of the early to mid-90s, she worked with campaigns for Prada, Hermes, Versace, Chanel, and other high fashion labels.

Marvin Scott Jarrett founded ‘Nylon’ magazine in 1999 and asked Christensen to serve as creative director. Her works of photography appeared in the magazine.

She launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Target Breast Cancer’ in 2005 to promote breast cancer awareness. The amount collected from the sales of T-shirt is utilized to help breast cancer victims.

In 2006, she took a brief hiatus from modeling to take her position behind the camera. Her first photography gallery, curated by Jim Cook, opened in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and was named ‘A Quiet Story’.

‘Christensen &Sigersen’ was established by Christensen and her longtime friend Leif Sigersen, in 2008. They had previously run a store in the West Village called ‘Butik’, and were cooperative business partners, that experienced a lot of success. They began to design clothes with a vintage flair for the new label, selling them in Denmark.

From 2008-2009, she opened her second photography gallery called ‘Far From, Close’ to benefit the ‘Chernobyl Children's Project International’ educational program

In a statement to ‘The Sunday Times’ in 2009, she said she would continue to split her time equally between modeling and photography.

Major Works

She was crowned Miss Denmark in 1986 and went on to compete in the Miss University pageant.

In the early 1990s, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, making her a household name and solidifying her modeling career.

Awards & Achievements

She won Miss Denmark in 1986, a competitive and prestigious beauty competition. Winning the pageant helped her establish a strong foothold in the modelling industry.

In 2005, she was awarded the ‘ELLE Style Icon’ award, a category in the ‘Elle Style Awards’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1991, she moved to Paris and entered into a relationship with Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of ‘INSX’, an Australian rock band. They dated on and off for a period of five years.

In 1998, she began dating Norman Reedus, an American actor and model. They had a son together a year later, named Mingus Lucien Reedus. The couple separated four years later.

In 2002, she launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’, a company that sells designer T-shirts to benefit young women with breast cancer.

She has been in a relationship with Paul Banks, the front man of the American rock band ‘Interpol’, since 2008.

Net Worth:

As of February 2015, Helena Christensen has a net worth of $8 million. She earned most of her financial success as an original Victoria’s Secret Angel and other super modeling gigs.

Trivia

This supermodel was allegedly named after Helen of Troy and said that being named after the most beautiful woman in the world has given her lots to live up to.

When applying her own makeup for her day-to-day life, this famous personality does not use brushes and prefers her pinky finger as an applicator.

This famous model has gone on record saying that modeling does not require the use of her brain, which is why she has pursued other interests such as photography and boxing.

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Helena Christensen biography timelines

  • // 1968
    In 1968, Helena was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mother. She has said that living in Denmark with a South American mother was a strong character-building experience.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, she accidentally entered a beauty pageant, believing it was a fashion show for charity. She won it at the age of 16.
  • // 1986
    At the age of 18, she won the ‘Miss Denmark crown in 1986. This compelled her to compete in the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant, held in Panama, which she competed in the same year.
  • // 1986
    She was crowned Miss Denmark in 1986 and went on to compete in the Miss University pageant.
  • // 1986
    She won Miss Denmark in 1986, a competitive and prestigious beauty competition. Winning the pageant helped her establish a strong foothold in the modelling industry.
  • // 1990
    In March of 1990, she was on the cover of the British edition of ‘Vogue’ magazine. This would be the first of six appearances on the cover.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, she starred alongside Chris Isaak in his music video for “Wicked Game.” The video was a hit, ranking number 4 on MTV’s ‘Sexiest Video of All-Time’ and number 13 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Videos’.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, she moved to Paris and entered into a relationship with Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of ‘INSX’, an Australian rock band. They dated on and off for a period of five years.
  • // 1992
    A year later, in 1992, she became the spokesmodel for ‘Revlon’ and their brand of makeup. During the same time period of the early to mid-90s, she worked with campaigns for Prada, Hermes, Versace, Chanel, and other high fashion labels.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, she began dating Norman Reedus, an American actor and model. They had a son together a year later, named Mingus Lucien Reedus. The couple separated four years later.
  • // 1999
    Marvin Scott Jarrett founded ‘Nylon’ magazine in 1999 and asked Christensen to serve as creative director. Her works of photography appeared in the magazine.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’, a company that sells designer T-shirts to benefit young women with breast cancer.
  • // 2005
    She launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Target Breast Cancer’ in 2005 to promote breast cancer awareness. The amount collected from the sales of T-shirt is utilized to help breast cancer victims.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, she was awarded the ‘ELLE Style Icon’ award, a category in the ‘Elle Style Awards’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she took a brief hiatus from modeling to take her position behind the camera. Her first photography gallery, curated by Jim Cook, opened in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and was named ‘A Quiet Story’.
  • // 2008
    ‘Christensen &Sigersen’ was established by Christensen and her longtime friend Leif Sigersen, in 2008. They had previously run a store in the West Village called ‘Butik’, and were cooperative business partners, that experienced a lot of success. They began to design clothes with a vintage flair for the new label, selling them in Denmark.
  • // 2008 To 2009
    From 2008-2009, she opened her second photography gallery called ‘Far From, Close’ to benefit the ‘Chernobyl Children's Project International’ educational program
  • // 2008
    She has been in a relationship with Paul Banks, the front man of the American rock band ‘Interpol’, since 2008.
  • // 2009
    In a statement to ‘The Sunday Times’ in 2009, she said she would continue to split her time equally between modeling and photography.
  • // Feb 2015
    As of February 2015, Helena Christensen has a net worth of $8 million. She earned most of her financial success as an original Victoria’s Secret Angel and other super modeling gigs.

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Helena Christensen's FAQ

  • What is Helena Christensen birthday?

    Helena Christensen was born at 1968-12-25

  • Where is Helena Christensen's birth place?

    Helena Christensen was born in Copenhagen

  • What is Helena Christensen nationalities?

    Helena Christensen's nationalities is Danish

  • Who is Helena Christensen spouses?

    Helena Christensen's spouses is Michael Hutchence, Norman Reedus

  • Who is Helena Christensen siblings?

    Helena Christensen's siblings is Anita Christensen

  • Who is Helena Christensen childrens?

    Helena Christensen's childrens is Mingus Lucien Reedus

  • How tall is Helena Christensen?

    Helena Christensen's height is 178

  • What is Helena Christensen's sun sign?

    Helena Christensen is Capricorn

  • How famous is Helena Christensen?

    Helena Christensen is famouse as Danish photographer