Swedish beauty and current Victoria Secret Model Elsa Hosk is our Model of the Week.
Hosk is the daughter of Swedish father Pål and Finnish mother Marja. She has two siblings. Her cousin, Alice Herbst, is also a model. Herbst won the televised competition of Sweden’s Next Top Model in 2012.
Growing up in Sweden, Hosk was presented with offers model during high school after her father submitted photographs to various modeling agencies in Sweden when she was 13; she began modeling at 14. She did some modeling in high school but decided to primarily concentrate on her studies instead (she did some notable work with Guess and other companies, however).
After graduating, she decided to pursue a career in the Swedish women’s basketball league. Hosk has commented that the level of play in the Swedish professional basketball league was not on par with the WNBA, and that interest in the sport was not as great in Sweden as in the United States. Although she ultimately abandoned professional basketball for modeling, Hosk has said that the intense rigor of practices (8 per week when playing basketball) and travel helped prepare her for the physical and travel demands of the modeling world.
Elsa has worked for a number of leading brands including Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Free People, Ungaro, H&M, Anna Sui, Lilly Pulitzer and Guess. She modeled for Victoria’s Secret, appearing in the brand’s annual fashion show in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has also appeared in many of the brand’s campaigns, especially for the sub-division PINK. In 2015, she was announced as one of 10 new Victoria’s Secret Angels.