ABOUT HEIDI ALBERTSEN
Heidi Albertsen: Supermodel, Actress, and Charity Ambassador; Winner of the Elite Model Look World Final.
By Elizabeth A. Hoadley
Author and Illustrator
As a friend, I know all these descriptions to be true, but still miss the essence of Heidi as a person. Weaving in and around a dauntingly hectic schedule filled with airports, photo shoots and press conferences, Heidi consistently considers helping others to be of paramount importance. This Super Model becomes a Super Angel as she reserves time to devote countless hours of charitable foundation work to honorable organizations such as the Lower Eastside Service Center, Life Project for Africa, and the Eric Trump Foundation benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. After having won the Elite Model Look Word Final, Heidi traveled alone to New York from Copenhagen, Denmark when she was merely 17 years old. Heidi was determined and tenacious.
Winning the Elite Model Look World Final virtually catapulted her career to A-List status alongside models such as Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Linda Evangelista, and Tyra Banks. Heidi's angelic face became a heartwarming site as it graced billboards, magazine covers, commercials and runways. Heidi Albertsen has created a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences as a top model for magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Sports Illustrated, Fitness Magazine, Shape, Vanity Fair, Woman, Max, M Magazine, and many others. Iconic products have also embraced her beauty, some of which include American Express, Armani, Christian Dior, Clairol, Comme des Garcons, Donna Karen, Dove, Escada, Fruit of the Loom, Gucci, Guess, La Perla, L'Oreal, Neutrogena, Nicole Miller, Roberto Cavalli, Vera Wang, Victoria's Secret, and Yves St. Laurent. Television has also welcomed her with appearances on Fox News, MTV, E-Channel, Oxygen, Good Morning America and others. Photographers Albert Watson, Antoine Verglas, Patrick Demarchelier, and Pamela Hanson all lent their genius to her trade and created timeless portraits for her and her clients.
Miss Universe also benefited from her professionalism, as Heidi was appointed Judge for the Donald Trump Miss Universe Pageant in Thailand. She also served as a Judge for Elite Model Look national competitions on several occasions in countries worldwide. Feature films also celebrated her talents, and she appeared in National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, Fur with Nicole Kidman, Zoolander with Ben Stiller, Celebrity directed by Woody Allen, and IMAX film Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa. David Breashears directed this IMAX Film for National Geographic, and Heidi was one of seven climbers to scale Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, and reach the summit of 19,340 feet, which she did not once but twice.
I believe it is obvious that Heidi's life has been a symphony of success, but as a friend, I must make a comment: "What strikes me most about Heidi is how woefully inadequate cameras are." Until Sony or Nikon is able to invent a camera that can also capture one's inner beauty, they will never be able to fully capture the quintessence of Heidi. The world may look at magazine covers and think of her as a Super Model, but if you understand that her biggest wish is to give back to others and help children and mothers in need, you might also recognize her as a Super-Person, or Earth-Angel.
When she is not modeling, acting, writing her biography, or attending art courses at university, Heidi spends time volunteering for different charitable organizations and is inspired by how they make such positive and tangible differences in people's lives. Charitable foundations have been showered with her attention. Heidi has been honored for her work as ambassador and spokesperson to New York's Lower Eastside Service Center, Su Casa, and Bridge2Life. She serves as chief ambassador and spokesperson for Life Project for Africa. She has served on the Eric Trump Foundation's Executive Committee, which is a major sponsor of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Time may erase many things, but it will never erase the essence of a person. I am honored to call Heidi friend, not because of what she does, but who she is -- inside.
LEGAL NOTICE: The photograph at the top-right corner of this Biography page, entitled, "Photo of Supermodel Heidi Albertsen at the 50th Anniversary LESC Gala" by Heidi Albertsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. It is based on a work at http://www.heidialbertsen.com/images/Heidi-Albertsen_1_cc-by-license.jpg.
Hair | Blonde
Eyes | Blue
Height | 5'10" (1.78 m)
Shoes | 9 1/2 (US), 40 (EU), 7.5 (UK)
Measurements | 35.5"-25"-35.5" (90-63-90 cm)
Winner of the Elite Model Look World Final, Miami 1993
Featured in and on the cover of numerous industry leading fashion and sports magazines
Celebrity Judge in Miss Universe Pageant, Thailand 2005
Fitness Magazine's Body of the Year for 2000
FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of the Year for 2001 and 2002
Climbed twice the world's largest free standing mountain - Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet)
Winner of a New York Health and Racquet Club Marathon
National Treasure (Starring Nicolas Cage)
Zoolander (Director Ben Stilller)
Celebrity (Director Woody Allen)
Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa (IMAX) (Director David Breashears)
Tempting Adam (Oxygen Channel)
Little Children (Starring Kate Winslet)
Fur (Biography of Diane Arbus, Starring Nicole Kidman)
The Royal Danish Theatre (Det Kongelige Teater)
Romeo and Juliet
Jesus Christ Superstar
Celebrity Hosting and Judging
Culinary Arts Training
Acting and Stage Training
Fluent in English and Danish. Conversational in German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, and Spanish
Sports: Mountain and Rock Climbing, Running, Tennis, Golf, Skiing, Scuba Diving, Water Skiing, Horseback Riding
Other Skills: Cooking, Photography, Painting, and Sculpting
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
Bridge2Life Camp, Ambassador and Spokesperson
Diamond Empowerment Fund, Senior Advisor
Eric Trump Foundation, Executive Committee
Life Project for Africa, Chief Ambassador and Spokesperson
Lower East Side Service Center, Ambassador and Spokesperson
Malaika For Life
St. Jude's Hospital
HEIDI ALBERTSEN IN THE MEDIA
David Patrick Columbia
Metro New York
New York Art Magazine
New York Beacon
New York Observer
New York Post
New York Resident
New York Social Diary
New York Times
New Yorker Magazine
Photo Desk, Big Picture USA
Town & County
Wall Street Journal
Woman's Wear Daily
Life Project for Africa
In the summer of 2008, Heidi Albertsen assumed the dual roles of Chief Ambassador and Fundraiser/Event Organizer for Life Project for Africa. As the organization's Chief Ambassador, Heidi's goal is to broaden Life Project for Africa's strengths and efforts by creating global awareness and support for Tanzania and Africa through her international contacts and abilities. Heidi climbed to the 19,340 feet peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania twice while filming Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, an IMAX film directed by David Breshears. Due in part to these experiences and her first-hand exposure to the conditions in Africa, Heidi has held helping others in Africa dear to her heart.
Heidi is an internationally recognized model and actress from Copenhagen, Denmark. Heidi was the winner of the Elite Model Look World Final, which made her a world renowned model along the likes of Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, and Gisele Bundchen, all of whom were also discovered through the Elite Model Look competition. Heidi has served as a judge in the Miss Universe Pageant. She has been on the cover of numerous leading international magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, and Shape. She has graced campaigns and runways for top fashion designers and brands such as Nicole Miller, Roberto Cavali, Guess, L'Oreal, and Victoria's Secret. Heidi has been in several movies and has appeared on television shows worldwide.
As fundraiser and event organizer, Heidi has employed her skills and experience to arrange functions to help bring together interested supporters and of course, at the same time, seek the income necessary for Life Project to carry out and expand its role in building capacity and delivering support in health care, funding education of Tanzania's children, bringing life giving water to many areas in need, and helping people to help themselves.
Her worldly experience and resources in the arts, fashion, and entertainment make her instrumental and vital in assisting Life Project for Africa to carry out its mission and to grasp sincere attention. Her work at Life Project not only will help create continued construction of healthcare and educational facilities, but also it will help provide medical assistance, care, and clean water to the many people in dire need in Africa and Tanzania. Heidi's love for the arts, education, and charity, as well as her strong belief in God have made her an essential part of Life Project for Africa.
For more information on Life Project for Africa, please go to www.lifeprojectafrica.org.