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Helena Christensen was once one 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.

Helena Christensen

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Helena Christensen

Career Highlights

25 DEC, 1968
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
1977
Begins modeling
1986
Wins the Miss Denmark competition
1986
Leaves home to pursue modeling career
1989
Discovered by photographer Friedemann Hauss
1990
Dates Michael Hutchence, the lead singer for rock band INXS
MAR 1990
Appears on the cover of British Vogue
1991
Appears topless in the music video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” Video»
1991
Arrives in Paris and is hired immediately by Karl Lagerfeld and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh
1992
Plays herself in TV movie Inferno Video»
APR 1992
Appears on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar
APR 1993
Appears on cover of Vogue
1994
Appears in print ads for CoverGirl
1994
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
1996
Travels to Peru for a Marie Claire editorial, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier
1996
Models for Victoria’s Secret
1997
Briefly dates Leonardo DiCaprio
1997
Appears in print ads for Ralph Lauren
JUL 1997
Appears on cover of British Vogue
AUG 1997
Appears on cover of Dazed & Confused magazine
1998
Appears in Dom Pérignon ad campaign, directed and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld
1998
Dates actor Norman Reedus
1999
Co-founds Nylon magazine
1999
Retires from the catwalk
SEP 1999
Appears on the cover of British GQ
22 OCT, 1999
Gives birth to Mingus Luchien Reedus
2002
Appears in print ads for Montblanc
2002
Separates from Norman Reedus; takes custody of son Mingus
2002
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
2008
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
2009
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
2009
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
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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