Helena Christensen Talks Photography and Travels in The Edit

Posted Thursday January 2, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

She's made a name for herself through modeling, but now Helena Christensen reveals she has an interest in being the one behind the camera.

In the latest issue of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel opens up about her love of photography and recalls past travel adventures.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Christensen’s interview below. For more, be sure to pay a visit to The Edit!

On her adventure to Communist-era Soviet Union:
“I remember young people coming up to me in the street begging me to tell them what the rest of the world looked like, or stopping so I could trade jeans with them. They’d say, ‘Don’t look at me, I’m going to walk next to you, but we can’t look like we’re talking.’ Experiences like that had a huge effect on me. You feel very fortunate for the life you live.”

On her younger modeling days:
“None of the girls ever cared much about the actual supermodel phenomenon. We just worked really hard and put ourselves into each shoot 100 percent. If you work at a level where you’re fortunate enough to travel, then you learn about people, psychology, languages, cultures, history… It’s literally one big visual experience. It was like being in photography school. I never really felt like I was modeling so much as being a fly on the wall and absorbing everything. I mean, modeling was fun, but it was like, ‘Ok, I’m going to have to do this in order to get all the rest in.”

On her photography while touring with Oxfam:
“It’s hugely humbling. I try to do as much as I can with recycling and sending out cheques to different organizations, but at the end of the day, it’s not a lot. It’s a question of awareness and if one person sees a pictures and reacts then that’s enough. Photography is a way of reaching out to people.”

On her favorite piece of clothing:
“A beautiful vintage dress is always easiest for me. There’s no pressure, there’s no stress and I feel very comfortable. We have a certain amount of time on earth. When you look in your wardrobe, you where what’s at the front you know?”

Photo Credit: Carlotta Manaigo for The Edit

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