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12 January 1967
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Olaf Thommessen (1996-present; separated); 2 children
Vendela Maria Kirsebom (born 12 January 1967) is a Norwegian- Swedish model and actress living in Nesodden, Norway.
Early life and career [ edit ]
Vendela Kirsebom was born in
Stockholm, Sweden to a Norwegian mother and a Turkish father. [1 ] At the age of 13, Kirsebom was discovered in a Stockholm restaurant by [2 ] Eileen Ford. At 18, she graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School and moved to Italy to pursue a modeling career under the guidance of the famous Ford Models. Contracted with Elizabeth Arden, she moved to the United States to work as Almay's spokesperson.
Magazine cover, film and television appearances [ edit ]
She has appeared on the magazine covers of
Bride's (US), , Flare (Canada) , Shape (US) , and FHM (UK) Zest (US) and has been featured multiple times in the pages of the . She appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1997 as Batman and Robin Nora Fries and , alongside The Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson, and Dennis Quaid in 1998. She was also featured in the Disney Channel's with Model Behavior Justin Timberlake and Maggie Lawson. She appeared as herself in 1995 episodes of and The Larry Sanders Show , as well as the 2005 TV-movie sequel Murphy Brown . Vendela made a cameo as a "space villianess" in a "Pigs in Space" skit on Romy and Michele: In the Beginning . She also lent her voice to a fictionalized version of herself on Muppets Tonight . In 1999, she hosted the Swedish music competition Johnny Bravo Melodifestivalen 1999. She currently hosts the 2nd cycle of and the 4th cycle of Norway's Next Top Model . Sweden's Next Top Supermodel
Personal life [ edit ]
In 1996, she married Norwegian politician
Olaf Thommessen, a Roman Catholic of French and Norwegian descent. They separated in 2007 after 11 years of marriage and Vendela moved to Oslo with their two daughters, Julia and Hannah. In addition to Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, she speaks German, Italian and English fluently. She remains active in modeling and is a Goodwill Ambassador for [3 ] UNICEF.
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