Sitting in the cool environs of London's St Martin's Lane Hotel, Helena Christensen stands out like a beacon in the darkened bar area. It's a decade since she stepped away from the runway to pursue other interests such as photography, and her gift with the camera has in turn led to her working as an ambassador with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Meeting displaced older people had a profound effect on her.
Sitting with the Designers at Debenhams family, including John Rocha, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Sadie Frost and Aliza Reger, she holds the room in the palm of her hand as she describes the refugees' plight, and her photographs tell a powerful story.
She's previously discussed how her teenage child makes her feel 'deeply uncool' and how he's reached the 'cocky' side of his youth, perhaps down to his fortunate inheritance of his mother's exquisite image.
Truth or rumor, when news that the model - known for having been romantically involved with Josh Hartnett, Jon Bon Jovi, Norman Reedus, Michael Hutchence, Mick Hucknall or Heath Ledger - was splitting hit the internet Friday (August 11), Twitter immediately exploded with pithy commentary.
It seems everyone had an opinion on the matter: Based on the facts (Christensen spotted alone with a cute sweater), is there trouble in paradise or is it much ado about nothing?
My boyfriend's always teasing me with, "Here comes that Peruvian side!
The emotions are erupting."' She previously referred to him as her 'best friend' in the wake of her split from Norman and revealed in 2009 that he was the closest she'd come to living with a man, despite her five-year relationship with Norman that ended in 2003.
The emotions are erupting.’”“When I work as a photographer, I get so excited and exhilarated I forget to breathe.
I don’t ever once talk about stopping for lunch as a photographer, but as a model I want to stop for lunch like an hour into the shoot.”“I helped him furnish his apartment in New York, and we were out shopping in a store that was full of the most beautiful furniture.
"I always have plans in my head about visiting Ireland," she explains, and this summer that dreaming should happen because of a certain concert tour.
"I will definitely try and go to see U2 play very soon," Helena says.
We used to go there a lot when I was a child, but then there was a period when it wasn’t safe—my mother didn’t want to return for many years. Even though I love traveling and I love exploring the world, there are not many places that I would want to settle and live. But when I was in Lima last time, I had that feeling.