Article Mar 29, 2018

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Helena Christensen: 'Selfies shouldn't be shared on social media'

Helena Christensen is adamant that selfies shouldn't be posted on social media.

The Danish supermodel rose to fame in the 1990s, fronting campaigns for top brands including Chanel, Versace and Prada, but is also an accomplished photographer.

Thus, Helena knows all there is to know about taking the perfect selfie but believes there is no place for such images online.

"I think you can learn a lot about yourself from doing selfies. But I don't think it's necessary to show them all," she said in an interview with Marie Claire U.K. "Sometimes you need to keep your selfies to yourself. It all comes down to good lighting. Direct flat light is good. Or a good backlight. So play around. Turn yourself 360-degrees and find the light. If it is coming straight at you or from above, put your chin down slightly. If it's above, then top your chin up. That will give you deeper cheekbones."

The 49-year-old went on to explain that she doesn't see herself as a model-turned-photographer, and claimed that "in fact, it's the other way around". Though her successful fashion career has taught her a great deal about the process of taking a snap.

"It was almost like going to the best international photography school," the 49-year-old said. "I shot with the best photographers, so was able to learn their craft directly from them and absorb all this technical knowledge too. Like everyone from Irving Penn to Annie Leibovitz. It was the most extensive education I could have had. It was like being an intern in the most luxurious intern position."

While Helena isn't a fan of uploading selfies, she does use social media and tends to treat her own Instagram account as a "visual diary". But she is relieved the platform didn't exist when she was in her modelling heyday.

"It's an added pressure. Nowadays, girls are measured by the number of followers they have, rather than by being just themselves," she lamented.