Helena Christensen

Lingerie Shoot

Multi-talented supermodel Helena Christensen has turned her hand to lingerie design. Please allow her to demonstrate.

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"It’s all about accentuating beautiful parts of a woman’s body,” explains Helena Christensen, Danish-Peruvian supermodel, celebrity photographer and, most recently, lingerie designer. “I love playing around with vintage fabrics and lace.”

Esquire meets Christensen for lunch at a north London photo studio, where she is taking a break from parading her new underwear collection for our photographer, Rankin. (They first met when he photographed her for an infamous “scratch-off” magazine cover that enabled readers to remove a silver panel obscuring Christensen’s breasts.)

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Now 44, she still has the flawless skin, svelte limbs and bombshell curves that made her famous. Born in Copenhagen — she now divides her time between Denmark, London and New York — Christensen was one of the original Nineties glamazons, a globe-trotting, rock-star-dating, sexiest-woman-poll-winning pin-up with flashing green eyes and a winning line in self-deprecating patter that, like her career, shows no signs of wear and tear.

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“Modelling is a silly, crazy business,” she says. “I tried it when I was 20, and I think I gave myself about a month.” So, the fact that she’s still on top of her game is testament to her talent? “Yeah, maybe,” she says. “Or maybe I’ve just had a very long month!”

Helena Christensen’s lingerie range for Triumph is out now

Photographs by Rankin
Styling By Gareth Scourfield

Interview by Max Olesker

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