She may no longer compete with Gigi, Gisele and Kendall for gigs, but their catwalk idol Helena Christensen has turned back the clock in a stunning shoot.
The Danish supermodel, now 52, poses in series of outfits for UK high street retailer Debenhams, including one in which she’s stripped to her lacy underwear and showing off her enviably long legs.
The images – which were taken at the mother-of-one’s beach house in Copenhagen – were released to mark the launch of the Designers at Debenhams.
Helena – who describes her own style as colourful, vintage, comfortable – says her favourite part of the shoot was working with renowned fashion photographer Anja Poulsen.
“She is a friend of mine we laughed a lot and had so much fun on this shoot,” says Helena.
“I love my beach house. I think the photos have a cosy glamorous vibe to them, to get us in the spirit for Christmas.”
Modest Helena isn’t sure she has effortless style, although she admits she doesn’t put a lot of effort into dressing herself.
She says she’s “not sure I always look very stylish. I feel good when I’m wearing clothes that are a little mismatched and unique”.
Stunning Helena, who looks as radiant as ever, says her biggest beauty secret, “which isn’t a secret at all”, is getting good sleep.
“I wish you could buy that in a bottle.”
She maintains her slender frame by keeping fit doing yoga and swimming.
As for keeping her name out there on social media, Helena says she’s happy to leave that to the modern crop of catwalk superstars.
Helena says that side to fame, “isn’t that important at all” to her.
She says: ‘I only recently went on Instagram, more as a sort of visual journal-keeping on a personal level than anything else.
“I know how crazily important it has become to the new generation of models, musicians, actors or celebrities, and it leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling inside.
“I like to keep it at a minimum.”
Helena does, however, have some sage advice for her successors.
“Go for it and enjoy the ride, it might not last but it¹s fun to dip your toes in that world. Always make sure you are pursuing other endeavours as well.”
One of Helena’s most recent offshoots is lending her name to the Small Steps Project, a charity that aims to improve the lives of children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging.