Helena Christensen (born 25 December 1968) is a Danish model and photographer. She is a former Victoria’s Secret Angel, clothing designer and beauty queen. Christensen was also the co-founder and original creative director for Nylon magazine, and she is a supporter of funding for breast cancer organisations and other philanthropic charities.
Christensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the elder of two daughters of a Danish father, Fleming and a Peruvian mother, Elsa.She has one sister, Anita, She is fluent in Danish, Spanish, and English, as well as French and German. Winning the Miss Universe Denmark crown in 1986 at the age of 17, she subsequently represented Denmark in the Miss Universe 1986 pageant held in Panama.The following year, she participated in the Look of the Year 1987 competition, where she was a finalist. Christensen left home soon after to pursue modelling in Paris.