In 1968, Helena was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mother. She has said that living in Denmark with a South American mother was a strong character-building experience.
She is multilingual, speaking Danish, Spanish, and English from a young age. Although she was bullied for this in school, she is happy about the opportunity these skills have brought to her now.
Helena Christensen Career
In 1983, she accidentally entered a beauty pageant, believing it was a fashion show for charity. She won it at the age of 16.
At the age of 18, she won the ‘Miss Denmark crown in 1986. This compelled her to compete in the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant, held in Panama, which she competed in the same year.
In March of 1990, she was on the cover of the British edition of ‘Vogue magazine. This would be the first of six appearances on the cover.
She became one of the original ‘Victoria’s Secret Angels’ alongside top supermodels such as Tyra Banks, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, and Daniela Pestova. She worked with this company in print, in commercials, and on the catwalk throughout the 1990s.
In 1991, she starred alongside Chris Isaak in his music video for “Wicked Game.” The video was a hit, ranking number 4 on MTV’s ‘Sexiest Video of All-Time’ and number 13 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Videos’.
A year later, in 1992, she became the spokesmodel for ‘Revlon’ and their brand of makeup. During the same time period of the early to mid-90s, she worked with campaigns for Prada, Hermes, Versace, Chanel, and other high fashion labels.
Marvin Scott Jarrett founded ‘Nylon’ magazine in 1999 and asked Christensen to serve as creative director. Her works of photography appeared in the magazine.
She launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Target Breast Cancer’ in 2005 to promote breast cancer awareness. The amount collected from the sales of T-shirts is utilized to help breast cancer victims.
In 2006, she took a brief hiatus from modelling to take her position behind the camera. Her first photography gallery, curated by Jim Cook, opened in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and was named ‘A Quiet Story.
‘Christensen &Sigersen’ was established by Christensen and her longtime friend Leif Sigersen, in 2008. They had previously run a store in the West Village called ‘Butik’, and were cooperative business partners, that experienced a lot of success. They began to design clothes with a vintage flair for the new label, selling them in Denmark.
From 2008-2009, she opened her second photography gallery called ‘Far From, Close’ to benefit the ‘Chernobyl Children’s Project International educational program
In a statement to ‘The Sunday Times’ in 2009, she said she would continue to split her time equally between modeling and photography.
In 1991, she moved to Paris and entered into a relationship with Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of ‘INSX’, an Australian rock band. They dated on and off for a period of five years.
In 1998, she began dating Norman Reedus, an American actor and model. They had a son together a year later, named Mingus Lucien Reedus. The couple separated four years later.
In 2002, she launched the second campaign of ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’, a company that sells designer T-shirts to benefit young women with breast cancer.
She has been in a relationship with Paul Banks, the front man of the American rock band ‘Interpol’, since 2008.
This supermodel was allegedly named after Helen of Troy and said that being named after the most beautiful woman in the world has given her lots to live up to.
When applying her own makeup for her day-to-day life, this famous personality does not use brushes and prefers her pinky finger as an applicator.
This famous model has gone on record saying that modeling does not require the use of her brain, which is why she has pursued other interests such as photography and boxing.