No small shock but Helena Christensen is still smoking after all these years. At 45, the onetime beauty queen turned Victoria’s Secret Angel and video vixen — hard to forget her as the girl on the beach in Chris Isaac’s Wicked Game — has hardly retired. These days, the green-eyed supermodel with the trademark exotic looks keeps busy with global causes, charity work and business ventures. Her latest gig is creative director at NYC based perfumery ERH1012.
Christensen talked to us about the company’s launch of deadofnight. Holiday gift idea: It’s a unisex musky meets sweet scented oil with ingredients harvested from a sustainable plantation in Southeast Asia.
How would you describe deadofnight?
It is hard to describe, as it definitely needs to be experienced. But it kind of elevates you, you feel your brain tingle when you smell it. It’s mysterious, dark, sensual and it has a very interesting aphrodisiacal effect.
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What else are you up to?
Photography. I recently shot the campaign for Braun Shaving gear —it was interesting to do portraits of men for once. I work mostly with women, have longstanding collaborations with international magazines. I also just signed up as an ambassador for Sustania, a global collaborative platform for communicating a sustainable future, and I am planning further trips as my role as Oxfam ambassador.
What is your beauty routine?
I try to get as much sleep as I can get and I try to drink a lot of water, but I have to mostly force myself. I like wearing face masks while I clean my apartment. On a daily basis I just use a toner, serum and moisturizer.
Do you have a specific diet?
No, I eat various foods and enjoy every meal like it’s my last. I’m a huge foodie!
You recently told Men's Health you are into boxing. How is that?
It’s very intense and instantly gratifying. It’s quite a hardcore routine, which I prefer to more mellow workouts. It definitely enables me to eat as much as I’d like to, which is why I took it up in the first place. You feel really good after a session — and very hungry.
How different is the modeling industry now?
Not that different. Maybe it’s become more of a career platform to other ventures in terms of longevity. Having been part of the whole supermodel period, I think we were extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such long, solid careers.
What are your plans for the holidays?
I’m going back to Copenhagen for Christmas and my birthday — also on Dec. 25 — and then to Panama for New Year’s. First some snow and then some sun!
More info: http://www.erh1012.com/