Helena Christensen has made a career in front of the camera, but for her next gig she’s stepping behind the lens.
The Danish supermodel is teaming up with scouting and management agency Unsigned Management and Swarovski Crystallized to find the new faces for the Swarovski Crystallized Spring 2012 campaign. But Christensen won’t just be lending her expert opinion as a model with an enviable 20 year career–she’ll be photographing the campaign.
We chatted with the supe about her passion for photography, her advice to young models, and why she got involved with the Unsigned Model Search with Swarovksi Crystallized.
Fashionista: How’d you get involved in this?
Helena Christensen: Photography has always been a huge passion–I was actually a keen photographer well before I started modeling, so when the chance arose to shoot new people that Unsigned discovers it seemed like an ideal partnership.
What kind of models will you be looking for?
We’ll be looking for a wide variety of people (not just models). It’s not just about a look, it’s the personality and character that someone has that is equally important.
You recently told Vogue Australia “I was fortunate to start working at a time when the girls were allowed to just be themselves. No one told us to change our bodies or our looks. Everyone was unique in their own way.” Do you think girls aren’t allowed to be themselves now?
The reality is that if someone feels that they have to change themselves for any profession, especially one which does depend largely on looks, then they shouldn’t do it. You shouldn’t feel that “if I change then I could do it” that’s not the way life is or should be.
What kind of lessons did you learn working in the industry for so long that you’ll impart in this latest endeavor?
I think if you spend 20 years in any profession you gain a huge amount of experience, or by life in general. I’m not the kind of person who likes to give lessons or teachings, modeling is not about that–you have to want to travel, see new places and meet new people.