Elsa Hosk Went From Pro Basketball Player to Victorias Secret Angel
Elsa Hosk -blond, bubbly born to be on a VS runway. Before becoming a model she played professionaly basketball on Sweden’s national team.Hosk is now getting ready for her next role.
How did you first become involved in sports growing up?
I started playing basketball when I was young. I played in school, and I got really good.Then I started training with the Stockholm team and eventually I started playing.
Did playing team sports influence your modeling career in any way?
Playing a team sport being athletic is helpful in modeling. It can’t be one person running the whole show. When I pose, I use every single muscle in my body.
What prompted you to focus on modeling rather than sports?
It was my dad who [got me into it]. This was, like, 15 years ago.
When my dad told me that he’d sent my pictures to an agency.I went up there,dressed in this lime-green sweater from H&M, I had braces, with big cheeks, curly hair. They wanted me, so I just started working.
How have your first few months as a Victoria’s Secret Angel been?
Amazing and unexpected. Those events are larger than life, and it feels wonderful to be a part of something that beloved. Everyone knows the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s going to be cool this year—Ed [Razek] told us about the themes, and I’m so excited.
You worked with Victoria’s Secret Pink for several years before becoming an Angel. How was making the switch between brands?
When I signed with IMG, they were sort of pushing me in the direction of Victoria’s Secret even without me knowing it. They kept sending me to Pink, and [Pink] was like, “We’re not sure.” And finally, Helen, the art director of Pink, saw me, and she was like, “I want to try her. I like her.”
You’re going to be stepping into the role of designer soon. Why did you want to do something behind the scenes?
My personal style has always been more about vintage. I love what Alessandro Michele is doing right now at Gucci, taking that vintage aesthetic and making it feel modern. I want to provide something that is very affordable but has a very high sense of quality in materials and is fashionable. We want to do something cool but affordable.