Helena Christensen: A Success Story
Becoming a professional model can be difficult to accomplish in modelling Platform, but there are many success stories that demonstrate that it is possible. One of these success stories is Helena Christensen who is originally from Denmark. Her career is far and wide reaching making her one of the most successful models in the world. Along with Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford she is one of the most recognisable professionals in the industry.
Early Life and Career
Helena Christensen is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and a former Victoria’s Secret Angel and beauty queen. She won the Miss Denmark crown in 1986 and represented the country in the Miss Universe competition that same year. After this initial success as a beauty queen Christensen moved to Paris in order to pursue a modelling career.
Since then Christensen has graced the covers of numerous magazines including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and W. She has also been featured in many fashion campaigns for Revlon, Chanel, Versace, Lanvin, Prada, Hermes, Valentino, and Karl Lagerfeld. Although Christensen’s career has been varied and extensive she is perhaps best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She modelled for the famous retailer alongside Tyra Banks, Karen Mulder, Daniela Pestova, and Stephanie Seymour.
Then, eventually in 1992 Helena Christensen became a spokesmodel for Revlon. She essentially became the face of the company and went on to star in a fe music videos which were featured on MTV’s Sexiest Video of All-Time and VH1’s 50 Sexiest Video Moments. And among her other accomplishments in 1996 she along with Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson, and Claudia Schiffer was declared by The New York Times “The Magnificent Seven.” She became a legend on the catwalk and is beloved by the modelling community for her superstar power and girl next door personality underneath it all.
More recently Christensen has been modelling and graced the cover of Spanish Vogue in 2011, British Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, and American Vs. magazine. She has also been featured in the advertising campaigns of Ermanno Screvino, Reebok, Charactere, and Triumph. Currently Christensen is signed to ZZO Management on Paris, D Management in Milan, Unsigned Management in London, and 1/One Management in New York City.
Business and Philanthropy
Although Helena Christensen has had a wildly successful modelling career she has taken her knowledge of the industry to other business ventures. She was creative director of Nylon magazine in 1999 and also launched her own clothing line with her life long friend Leif Sigersen. she has also created a vintage clothing line that she sold in her mother’s store the Yo-Yo Second Hand Shop in Denmark. And in 2012 she formed a lingerie collection called Helena Christensen for Triumph for the UK based lingerie brand.
Not only is Helena Christensen reknowned as a model and fashion icon, but she also is an accomplished photographer. Her work has appeared in Nylon, Maire Claire, and Elle. Additionally, Jim Cook curated an exhibition of her work entitled “A Quiet Story” in 2006 which premiered in Rotterdam. And her exhibit “Far From, Close” made an appearance at the Dactyl Foundation in 2008 and 2009. It benefitted the International Center of Photography educational programs and the Chernobyl Children’s Project International.
Christensen has had a wildly successful modelling career that continues to this day and with that she has been able to pursue other avenues and careers. Catwalk modelling cannot last forever and when that time comes you can take what insider knowledge you have of the fashion and photography industries and have another avenue of success. Modelling does not have to be the end all be all of your career. Take your talents in other areas of the industries related to modelling that you are interested in and work just as hard and you can continue to have an influence in the modelling industry.
In addition to extending their careers beyond the catwalk and magazines models like Christensen have been known to participate in many charities and philanthropy events. This means you can too! As you move forward in your career don’t forget about the people who have helped you succeed and give back to others. Not only will it help the public see you as someone who cares, but it is a great way to support a cause that you really believe in.
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