Helena Christensen was born on Christmas
day in 1968 to a Danish father and Peruvian mother, she grew up
in Denmark. Her childhood interests included music and photography.
In 1986 she was selected as Miss Denmark and competed in the Miss
Universe pageant. Following this experience, Helena Christensen
left her home and headed for Paris at the age of 18 to pursue a
There she excelled immediately, after a shoot
for Elle Magazine. A cover shoot by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue followed,
and within a short period, Helena was getting prominent contracts
from leading designers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Helena soon gained further media attention through
her relationship with rocker Michael Hutchence. She was frequently
spotted with the late lead singer of INXS in the pages of the tabloids.
However, while Hutchence's career was declining,
Helena's was quickly rising. For whatever reasons, the two grew
apart after several years and went their separate ways before Hutchence's
death. Helena Christensen was later linked with actor Leonardo DiCaprio
and singer Billy Corgan in the gossip columns.
Following those rumored relationships, she dated
writer/photographer Peter Makebisch. Though they too have since
broken up, she apparently left quite a mark on Mr. Makebisch, as
his arm bears a tattoo of the Danish supermodel.
One of Helena's career highlights interestingly
occurred outside of the normal modeling world. She was cast in 1991
for the video Wicked Game, Chris Isaac's single. The haunting song
tells the tale of love gone bad. The video was shot on the dark
sands and surf of Hawaii. Though she naturally was given no speaking
lines, Helena plays the woman who wrongs Isaak. In the video she
frolics along the beach, while Isaak croons about their love affair
Helena Christensen removes her bikini top in the
water, and starts tantalizing him. The two embrace and proceed to
roll around in the sand together. The song fades to a mellow ending,
as she gets up and runs off into the distance. Wicked Game is still
regularly aired on music channels, and was recently selected as
the Sexiest Video of All-Time by MTV.
The leaders of the fashion world have endlessly
showered praise about Helena's captivating looks. The late designer
Gianni Versace said she has the most beautiful body. Karl Lagerferld
described her as possessing a figure type that's very rare. Nobody
has better legs. John Galliano comments, she fills clothes with
life and fire.
Recently Helena Christensen has been seen prominently
on American television in ads for the lingerie company Victoria's
Secret. As one of their signature Angels, she shot several commercials
with fellow models Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Daniela Pestova,
and Tyra Banks. Generally involving a lame premise such as singer
Tom Jones arriving in heaven and being greeted by the angels, it
is purely eye candy.
Helena maintains residences in New York, Monaco,
and her native Copenhagen. She turns up every so often in the New
York social-life columns as having attended events such as fundraisers,
show openings, or movie premieres. Among her closest friends are
fellow models Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, Karen Mulder, and Eva
In an interview she listed that some of her interests
include painting, photography, interior decorating, and Rock music.
She also stated that real life starts when I stop being a model
and described having a family as a future goal. A veteran of the
fashion runways and trade magazines, Helena Christensen is still
one of the most in-demand models.