Stockholm, Sweden native Elsa Hosk began modeling at age fifteen after her father submitted photographs to a local agency at the advice of a family friend, a former model. For several years, Hosk balanced her modeling career with a professional basketball career, eventually leaving the court to pursue modeling full time.
Hosk made her runway debut during the Spring 2012 season, walking for Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Acne Jeans, and Joseph Altuzarra. However, she received her big break courtesy of Victoria’s Secret annual televised fashion show.
(Left: Elsa walking the runway for Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2012. Right: Elsa walking the runway for the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show)
Most notably, Hosk was selected to appear in numerous seasonal print and television advertising campaigns for the sportswear and intimate apparel behemoth; She served as a brand ambassador for its Pink line for two consecutive years, and recently received the company’s prestigious “Contract Angel” title.
(Left: Elsa for Victoria’s Secret PINK. Right: Elsa for Victoria’s Secret Swim, one of her first photoshoots as an Angel)
In addition to the aforementioned, Hosk appeared in advertising campaigns for Guess, photographed Ellen von Unwerth, for five consecutive seasons; She has also fronted campaigns for CoverGirl cosmetics, Barneys New York, Free People, H&M, Gorsuch, Vichy, and Prêt a Surf. Hosk’s magazine covers, meanwhile, include GQ Romania photographed by Gomillion and Leupold, and Elle Italia by Alexei Hay.
(Elsa’s cover for GQ Romania)
Select editorial features include Vogue Italia, Mexico, and Brazil, by Sebastian Kim, and Vincent Peters; Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed, Flair, Marie Claire, Amica, Lula, D, V, and S magazines, by the likes of Bruce Weber, Kayt Jones, Russell James, Lachlan Bailey, Alexi Lubomirski, and Ben Watts; and Victory Journal, Plaza, Wallpaper, and Perfect magazine, and the international editions of Elle US, Italia, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Germany, and Serbia, by Phillippe Salomon, Yu Tsai, Andreas Kock, Manolo Campion, Robert Erdmann, and Gilles Bensimon.
(Elsa for VOGUE Mexico & Latin America)
In April 2012, Guy Aroch installed an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Elsa at New York City’s Milk Gallery. Off-duty, Hosk is a budding film actress. Select credits include She’s a Rainbow directed by Drew Reilly, La Prochaine Fois developed by Duffy Higgins and John Jaxheimer, Swedish Girls directed by J Dauphin, and several short films created by Aroch. She is also a dedicated philanthropist, and actively involved with Fair Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young women escape human trafficking.
(Elsa by Guy Aroch, one of the many pictures from his exhibition dedicated to Elsa)