Helena Christensen by Solve SundsboOne of the leading supermodels of the 1990s, Helena Christensen was born on Christmas Day, 1968, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The daughter of a Danish father and a Peruvian mother, she claimed the title of Miss Denmark in 1986, at age 18. After that she moved to Paris to pursue a modeling career. Helena is most famous for starring in the music video for Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," which was selected the Sexiest Video of All-Time by MTV.

She has been romantically linked to the late singer Michael Hutchence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Corgan and is a self-proclaimed cheese addict.

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Helena Christensen's Career Highlights

  • 25 DEC, 1968
    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
    Begins modeling
    Wins the Miss Denmark competition
    Leaves home to pursue modeling career
    Discovered by photographer Friedemann Hauss
    Dates Michael Hutchence, the lead singer for rock band INXS
    MAR 1990
    Appears on the cover of British Vogue
    Appears topless in the music video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” Video»
    Arrives in Paris and is hired immediately by Karl Lagerfeld and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh
    Plays herself in TV movie Inferno Video»
    APR 1992
    Appears on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar
    APR 1993
    Appears on cover of Vogue
    Appears in print ads for CoverGirl
    Appears in print ads for Gianni Versace, who describes her as having “the most beautiful body in the world”
    25 DEC, 1994
    Has cameo role in Robert Altman’s movie Prêt-à-Porter
    Travels to Peru for a Marie Claire editorial, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier
    Models for Victoria’s Secret
    Briefly dates Leonardo DiCaprio
    Appears in print ads for Ralph Lauren
    JUL 1997
    Appears on cover of British Vogue
    AUG 1997
    Appears on cover of Dazed & Confused magazine
    Appears in Dom Pérignon ad campaign, directed and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld
    Dates actor Norman Reedus
    Co-founds Nylon magazine
    Retires from the catwalk
    SEP 1999
    Appears on the cover of British GQ
    22 OCT, 1999
    Gives birth to Mingus Luchien Reedus
    Appears in print ads for Montblanc
    Separates from Norman Reedus; takes custody of son Mingus
    Appears in the music video for the Dirty Vegas song “Simple Things” Video»
    JUL 2002
    Photographs Carlsberg ad campaign
    JUL 2003
    Opens the Ungaro fall couture show in Paris
    APR 2005
    Opens her own boutique, Butik Christensen & Sigersen, in the West Village with longtime partner Dane Leif Sigersen
    JUL 2006
    Appears on cover of French Elle
    JUL 2007
    Unveils “A Quiet Life,” an exhibition of her photographs focusing on landscapes and portraits, in Amsterdam
    2 JUL, 2007
    Returns to the catwalk for the fall Christian Dior 60th-anniversary couture show in Paris
    18 JUL, 2007
    Holds a party for the auctioning of her photography at Milk Studios Story»
    31 JUL, 2007
    Announces new hair-care line, Model.Me, with Erin O’Connor; to be launched September 12
    MAR 2008
    Appears in Harper's Bazaar editorial mocking the extremely late start of the Marc Jacobs spring show, photographed by Peter Lindbergh
    MAR 2008
    Begins dating Interpol singer Paul Banks Photo»
    APR 2008
    Photographs Valentina Zelyaeva for a Spanish Vogue editorial
    SEP 2008
    Featured on the cover of Italian GQ, photographed by Guy Aroch
    Solve Sundsbo photographs Christensen for the fall issue of Man About Town
    DEC 2008
    Launches a line of jewelry line for Pilgrim Story»
    DEC 2008
    Featured on the cover of French Elle, photographed by David Vasiljevic
    Gergory Derkenne photographs Christensen for the cover of Citizen K
    MAY 2009
    French Vogue features Christensen
    JUL 2009
    Appears in Italian Vogue editorial, photographed by Mario Sorrenti
    SEP 2009
    Appears in Harper's Bazaar editorial, photographed by Peter Lindbergh
    Kayt Jones photographs Christensen for the winter cover of i-D, alongside Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer
    JAN 2010
    Featured on the cover of British Elle, photographed by Jan Welters

Helena Christensen


Modelling as a profession was first established in 1853 by Charles Frederick Worth, the "father of haute couture". Types of modelling include: fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part, and commercial print models.

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