By Alexis Camarena
Updated Dec 25, 2014 @ 11:01 am
Helena Christensen
Credit: Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Happy birthday to the beautiful Helena Christensen! The Danish model and photographer turns 46 today. After representing Denmark in the Miss Universe pageant of 1986, Christensen traveled to Paris to begin her modeling career. She went on to appear in a slew of advertising campaigns for brands such as Chanel, Prada, and Revlon. A former Victoria's Secret Angel, she appeared in the Victoria Secret catalog and commercials, alongside Tyra Banks and other signature Angels.

Later on, Christensen went on to co-found Nylon, serving as creative director in 1999. She also co-owned the West Village boutique Butik. Over the last decade, her photography has appeared in magazines as well in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Apart from her photography, she designed a lingerie collection for European brand, Triumph, last year. Christensen is also active in supporting charities concentrated on breast cancer research, and has been dating Paul Banks, lead singer and guitarist of Interpol, since 2008.

Christensen was one of the most recognized models of the 1990s. Today, she's considered one of the original supermodels. Take a look back at Christensen's (and other supermodels) early years, in honor of the bombshell's birthday.