Elsa Anna Sofie Hosk is a Swedish fashion model. She’s modeled for several brands, but you have probably seen her in Victoria’s Secret. In Sweden, she played professional basketball.
She described herself as “kind of a dork. I read a lot. I’m not one to go out all the time…small things make me happy.”
Elsa grew up in Sweden and after her father submitted photos, she was offered to model when she was 13. She said, “When he told me, I was just kind of shocked. I didn’t think that I could be a model at all.” She officially began modeling when she was 14. In high school, she focused more on studying.
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After graduating high school, Elsa Hosk pursued a career in the Swedish women’s basketball league. She said the league was not on the level as the WNBA, nor is basketball as popular as it is in the United States. She added later that playing basketball with its intense practices and traveling helped prepare her for a career in modeling.
After playing basketball for two years, Elsa moved to New York and began modeling full-time. She started working with Victoria’s Secret in 2011. She said she chose modeling over basketball because “it was hard coming back from jobs and having my teammates already practicing new [skills]. I couldn’t keep up. If I’m not the best at something, I don’t want to do it at all. I was the team captain and kept missing games, which was unacceptable…I do miss basketball.”
As for all the traveling she’s done, her favorite place is “Tokyo – it’s so futuristic, so culturally different. I love big cities with a lot of personality…I often don’t have time to enjoy the locations, though. I usually get there, work, then leave.”
Elsa Hosk also likes to cook Swedish food and said, “I love to eat.” Modeling, too, has allowed her “to grow as a person. You have all these insecurities about how you look when you start out, and you have to overcome that to be comfortable in this career” (oceandrive.com).
She stays grounded by having close friends and family. “And I surround myself with people who have the same values as me – people who don’t necessarily work in fashion.”
After being inspired by the film “The Whistleblower,” she has worked with the anti-human trafficking organization FAIR Girls. Elsa Hosk currently resides in New York City, but she travels to Sweden as often as she can.