Helena Christensen is certainly one of the leading supermodels of the 1990's. She has had one of the most diverse careers of those belonging to this elite group familiar to most everyone. A veteran of the fashion runways and trade magazines, Helena is still one of the most in-demand models.
Born on Christmas day in 1968 to a Danish father and Peruvian mother, Helena 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 left her home for Paris at the age of 18 to pursue a modeling career. 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.
Secretary General of the HCA 2005 Foundation, Lars Seeberg said this about Helena at her appointment to HCA ambassador in New York:
"Like Andersen, Helena Christensen has a warm and caring heart for those in need, for people who are marginalized or excluded. She has often used her talents both in front of and behind the camera to support numerous humanitarian causes."