Magdalena Graaf

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Magdalena Graaf
Magdalena Graaf.jpg
Born Engla Maria Magdalena Graaf
(1975-09-02) 2 September 1975 (age 38)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Spouse(s) Unknown (m. 1995–96)
Magnus Hedman (m. 1999–2007)
Modeling information
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Website
Official Site

Engla Maria Magdalena Graaf (born 2 September 1975 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish model, singer, and author. In 1998, she and her sister Hannah Graaf joined together and formed the group The Graaf Sisters, who became popular with the song "You Got What I Want Baby". She was also the wife of soccer star Magnus Hedman and as a result has been voted the sexiest footballer's wife.[1]

Early years[edit]

Graaf was born in Gothenburg, but she grew up in Kungsängen in Stockholm County, to Swedish Pentecostal parents.

In her late teens, Graaf became pregnant with her son Isak. Instead of burdening or embarrassing her religious parents, she married her Finnish gangster boyfriend Jorma whom she was already living with. During this time, she was physically and emotional abused.[2][3]

After Graaf was shot in the leg, she left her husband despite threats against her and her family. She eventually reported him to the proper authorities. As a result, she was placed under protective custody and given new identities.[4] She and her son were moved throughout Sweden but eventually settled in Gothenburg and was given the new names of Michaela and Ville for her son.[5]

Her husband was eventually released from prison and he put a 50 000 SEK bounty on her and a reward for hurting her sister model, Hannah. After her husband's indictment, the police did little to help Graaf. She did receive some help from a policewoman who would eventually get fired for helping Graaf. To this day, Graaf has a bitter disdain for the Swedish authorities. Her plight eventually was heard by former MC gang leader who felt bad for her and decided to protect Graaf. Finally, Graaf had enough of hiding and returned home to her mother. Later her ex-husband decided to stop the harassment.[5]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Due to all the stress following the aftermath her ex-husband's indictment, Graaf lost a great deal of weight and suffered from lack of confidence. She underwent breast augmentation[6] and started an exercise regimen. Her sister Hannah, an established model, took her to a celebrity party where she met E-Type who hit on her. She claims this boosted her confidence and being seen on the party scene with her sister landed her a modeling career.[5]

Graaf followed the footsteps of her younger sister and began glamour modeling. Graaf would often model with her sister Hannah. The two gained noterity for appearing in countless men's magazines. The controversy catapulted lesser known Graaf's career. She has appeared in the magazines Café, Moore, and Slitz. In 1998, Graaf appeared on three separate Café covers.

In 2004, The Graaf were looking for a come back. The sisters flew to Los Angeles and did a pictorial for FHM magazine.[7]

Music[edit]

The Graaf sisters became a cultural phenomenon and, by 1998 both sisters gave up glamour modeling to pursue a music career. That same year, she formed a musical duo The Graaf Sisters with Hannah and was quickly signed to Sony BMG.[8] The two worked with producers Christer Sandelin, Tommy Ekman, and Rob 'n' Raz. The record yielded the Swedish #1 hit "You Got (What I Want)". The duo has since been on hiatus with both women marrying and having children.

In 2002, the sisters were involved in a civil suit against Mikael Brinkstierna. Brinkstierna alleged that the sisters began working with him in 1996 and that they had a management contract in which he was entitled to 25% of all revenues from the sisters' future disc sales. After the success of their first album, Brinkstierna received no money after he allegedly spent hours helping them be a success. The sisters claim that Brinkstierna gave them nothing but money and accused him of being a crook after a similar dispute Brinkstierna had with the pop group Aqua.[9]

Author[edit]

In March 2006, Graaf released her biography Det ska bli ett sant nöje att döda dig ("It is going to be a true pleasure to kill you"), where she tells about her childhood and her first, problematic marriage. The title of her book was the last thing her ex-husband Jorma said to her before she left him and fled with their son Isak.[4]

Television[edit]

Graaf participated in the Swedish edition of Dancing with the Stars (Let's Dance) until the end of January 2009, when she was forced to quit due to a cerebral hemorrhage.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, she gave birth to her first son, Isak, with her first husband. A year and a half after Isak's birth, Graaf left her husband in 1996. In 1999, Graaf married Swedish football goalkeeper Magnus Hedman. The couple had two sons named Lancelot (born in 2000) and Tristan (born in 2004). During their early marriage, the couple lived in Scotland where Hedman was playing soccer.[11]

After Hedman's retirement the couple resided in Stockholm. In 2006, Graaf separated from Hedman after news papers reported an alleged affair with singer Linda Bengtzing.[12] The couple have since divorced.

Her fourth son, Charlie, was born in 2011.

Charity[edit]

The Sisters made Time Magazine's List of European Heroes for their charity work. Magdalena along with Hannah have donated earnings from their modeling to aid orphanages in Nagpur in central India. The sisters maintain that they never have strayed too far from their Pentecostal upbringing and that their commitment for charity was inherited from their mother Linda Bergling who worked as a missionary in Asia and Africa. Not only have the donated money to the cause but they have built two orphanages and school. Magdelena's then husband, Magnus claimed Magdalena would constantly hits up friends for donations at parties.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ ""Jag flydde med min son i famnen" | Wendela | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ "magdalenagraaf.nu". magdalenagraaf.nu. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Hon sköts med pistol | Nyheter | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2006-03-14. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. ^ a b c Magdalena Graaf (2006). Det ska bli ett sant nöje att döda dej. Bokförlaget Lind & Co AB. ISBN 978-91-85267-66-8. 
  6. ^ "Kändisarna som valt operation | Sofis mode | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2001-12-11. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Systrarna Graaf gör comeback | Nöje | Expressen Nöje | Nöjesnyheter Musiknyheter Filmnyheter". Expressen.se. 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  8. ^ "Aftonbladet nöje: Graafs debutlåt på singeltoppen". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  9. ^ "Miljonkrav mot systrarna Graaf | Musik | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2002-10-12. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  10. ^ Kai-Anders Nilsson. "Magdalena Graaf akut till sjukhus efter blödning i hjärnan". Expressen. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Magdalena Graaf". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  12. ^ Se hela veckans tv-tablå på (2006-09-15). ""Hon är en wannabe" | Klick! | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  13. ^ "Systrarna Graaf - svenska hjältar | Nyheter | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2003-04-20. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

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