Helena Christensen: Supermodels were original
Helena Christensen thinks the models she grew up with are so famous because of their "femininity and originality".
The Danish model found fame in the 80s and 90s, strutting the catwalk alongside industry professionals such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. The group are often referred to as the quintessential team of supermodels and were famous the world over.
Helena thinks part of their appeal was that they were unlike those who had gone before, and they offered something new.
“I think that the media put more emphasis on all of this than the girls did. We were just working and working a lot. I personally think that all of these girls had something special about them,” she told vogue.co.au.
“They had strength, personality, femininity, personality and originality. We were all very different physically and personality wise. Everyone had such different looks and senses of humour. We came from different parts of the world and grew up in different ways. We were all doing something so strange and bizarre and unique that it made our bond stronger. We were together in this.”
Helena doesn’t try to plan her life as she thinks it’s more exciting if things are allowed to happen freely. She originally thought she’d have a career as a photographer rather than a model, but is happy with the way things turned out. The 42-year-old is still keen on taking pictures and does so whenever the opportunity arises.
“I try not to limit myself when I take any photographs. I try to be open-minded and let any moment happen,” she said. “I’m not really the kind of person who ponders too much about what to do or get out of anything in life. It’s what happens instinctively and it’s the way my life has been so far.”