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May 13, 2018
For this week’s #BORNATDAWNMUSE we are celebrating Danish supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen. She was born in Copenhagen in 1968 to her Danish typographer father and Peruvian mother, who worked for the national airline.
Helena was crowned Miss Universe Denmark aged 18 before backpacking for a year. Aged 19, she travelled to Paris for castings and began working with legendary photographers including Peter Lindbergh. After her British Vogue cover debut in March 1990 she moved to Paris a year later to focus on modelling.
She was one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’; supermodels so globally famous they became mononymous. In 1991, she appeared in the Herb Ritts-directed video for Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ and featured in high profile campaigns throughout the decade including for Armani and Versace. In 1999 she became Creative Director of Nylon Magazine.
Helena beautifully fuses a bohemian look with effortless elegance. She describes her style as ‘strange, messy and colourful’ and pairs modern pieces with vintage. Bucking trends, she adds her own unique spin to ethereal floral dresses, jumpsuits and mens tailoring and loves colour and print.
Helena dated INXS frontman Michael Hutchence in the early ‘90s and married actor Norman Reedus in 1998, having son Mingus before divorcing in 2003. She is dating Interpol singer Paul Banks and remains, by choice, unmarried. Highly philanthropic, she works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to tell refugees' stories through her photography.
Helena, 49, lives in New York and Copenhagen with her son and is a distinguished photographer. She is Creative Director of artisan fragrance line Strangelove NYC and clothing, jewellery and interiors brand Staerk & Christensen. In September 2017, she reunited with her fellow supers for the SS18 Versace show, marking the 20th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s murder.
A fashion icon and strong businesswoman with an altruistic side, she continues to inspire with timeless style and bohemian spirit. Helena once described her work as “40 per cent modelling, 40 per cent photography and 20 per cent all kinds of strange, interesting, weird stuff.” What a woman.
May 14, 2018
Lovely well written, comprehensive piece again Nicola.
Great piece on inspirational woman who uses her talents to help other people.
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