Helena Christensen says she hates lingerie which looks like the wearer is "trying too hard".
The supermodel has created an underwear line with Triumph, which she also models. She had very clear ideas about what she wanted to achieve when she embarked on the project and is thankful that the lingerie company helped her realise them.
"The most important thing for me with lingerie is it can't look like you're trying too hard," she told British newspaper The Independent. "I think anything in life that tries too hard or comes on too strong is unappealing.
"With lingerie if it's overtly sexy, that to me is not feminine or beautiful at all. I don't feel comfortable in anything that is pushed or forced. I might put on a dress that is really sexy but I don't leave the house in it, I end up in something that's slightly shapeless. Designer pieces are so beautiful and amazing but I'd put them on and I would feel like a little child in a grown-up person's clothes."
Helena went to Hong Kong to see how underwear was made and had no idea it was such an intricate process.
The trip helped her understand which of her ideas would work and which wouldn't. She also had to keep in mind that she was working with a global brand with its own identity when she was designing.
"If it was up to me, the seams would have been raw but that would have been a step too far. They would say, 'The reason you can't do that is because when you wash it, it will start opening up... I think there is beauty in things falling apart but I understand they have to keep up the reputation of good quality," she explained.
Helena still occasionally models and feels very lucky to have enjoyed such a successful career. The 43-year-old was named Miss Denmark in 1986 and then pursued modelling. Looking back, she wishes she had taken more time to understand some of the opportunities she was given.
"I was always very grateful for those big crazy [couture] pieces. It was humbling to wear couture that you knew these extremely talented seamstresses had been making for months. There'd be five little ladies putting you in pearls. In my early twenties, I'd stand there and think, 'God, this is taking forever,' – now I see how fortunate it was to have been in that moment," she admitted.