Elsa Anna Sofie Hosk (born 7 November 1988) is a Swedish fashion model who is the spokesmodel for the Victoria's Secret PINK line.
She is a perennial at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows, appearing in 2011-2016 as of this writing
Elsa is an official Victoria's Secret Angel since late 2014.
Elsa is from Stockholm, Sweden. She grew up with two brothers. Her cousin, Alice Herbst, also is a famous model.
When she was 13, her father submitted photos of her to Swedish modelling agencies, and within a year she was appearing in ads.
The critical moment in Elsa Hosk's career was when she won Sweden’s Next Top Model in 2012.
Splitting her time between school and modelling, Elsa enjoyed playing basketball.
Elsa joined a women's league in Sweden after graduation and played for about two years. Elsa stresses that this was nothing comparable to the WNBA, let alone the NBA. However, it wasn't just a hobby, Elsa says that there were eight practices a week.
Eventually, she decided to move to New York to pursue some of the modelling offers that she was receiving. This decision led to a brilliant career.
Elsa's covers include:
- Austria: 'Flair' - December 2012
- Finland: 'Elle' - April 2013
- Germany: 'Madame' - ?; 'Elle' - March 2011
- Greece: 'Elle' - September 2013
- Italy: 'Elle' - July 2012
- Korea: 'Sure' - September 2013
- Norway: 'Elle' - June 2012; 'Elle' - July 2013
- Serbia: 'Elle' - December 2010
- Sweden: 'Bon' - 2004, Spring 2006; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 2006; 'Damernas Värld' - June & August 2006; 'Elle' - November 2006; 'Cosmopolitan' - January 2007; 'Damernas Värld' - October; 'Plaza Kvinna' - September 2008; 'Damernas Värld' - March 2012; 'Elle' - November 2012; 'Elle' - July 2013; 'Styleby' - July 2013
- UK: 'Plaza Magazine' - Summer 2010
Elsa has done a lot of work with photographer Ellen von Unwerth and for Guess, along with Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ungaro, H&M, and Oscar de la Renta.
Elsa is a tabloid favorite. She makes news simply by going to the pool.
|Elsa Hosk hosting “YOGA With PINK” at Yogaworks in SoHo.|
Elsa also has branched out into teaching yoga in Soho
Elsa Hosk appeared in the Darin music video "Who's That Girl."
Elsa replaced Lindsay Ellingson as one of the official 8 Angels (the others at the time were Karlie Kloss, Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, and Lily Aldridge). Elsa was one of ten new Angels at the time, as Victoria's Secret radically revamped its lineup.
Naima Turner: Elsa, when you learned that you were going to become a new face among the Victoria’s Secret Angels – did you flip out? What was the first thought of excitement that went through your head?
Elsa Hosk: I totally flipped out!! I was so excited, I got the phone call walking around with some friends on the street and I basically dropped my phone screaming! My first thought was feeling proud, and just pure happiness that I had made it into the show that I’d been dreaming of walking in since I started modeling.
Elsa Hosk opened the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, a very high honor even among the elite models of the world.
Elsa Hosk supports anti-human-trafficking organization, FAIR Girls. It targets sex trafficking around the world. FAIR Girls operates programs in Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. It continues to extend its global reach.
I used to hate my butt — like, hate it. In school I used to cover it up. I felt like it was too big like I felt like I needed to wear a sweater over it. It was awful.
Elsa, like all the Angels, makes special preparations in her daily workout routine for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows:
When I reach the two-week mark, I’ll add some extra stuff. I’ll go for a run in the morning, too, and double-up the workouts. I try to listen to my body.
Elsa Hosk loves television shows "Billions" and "Game of Thrones."
Elsa's favorite summer drink is Elderflower lemonade.
In true Angel fashion, Elsa sold her Tribeca penthouse in June 2017 for even more than she was asking - over $1 million. She doubled her money, showing that she is a canny businesswoman in addition to being one of the world's most beautiful women.