Stockholm, Sweden native Elsa Hosk began modeling at age fifteen after her father submitted photographs to a local agency at the advice of a family friend, a former model. For several years, Hosk balanced her modeling career with a professional basketball career, eventually leaving the court to pursue modeling full time.
Hosk made her runway debut during the Spring 2012 season, walking for Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Acne Jeans, and Joseph Altuzarra. However, she received her big break courtesy of Victoria’s Secret annual televised fashion show. Most notably, Hosk was selected to appear in numerous seasonal print and television advertising campaigns for the sportswear and intimate apparel behemoth. She also served as a brand ambassador for its Pink line for two consecutive years.
In addition to the aforementioned, Hosk appeared in advertising campaigns for Guess, photographed Ellen von Unwerth, for five consecutive seasons; She has also fronted campaigns for CoverGirl cosmetics, Barneys New York, Free People, H&M, Gorsuch, Vichy, and Prêt a Surf. Hosk’s magazine covers, meanwhile, include GQ Romania photographed by Gomillion and Leupold, and Elle Italia by Alexei Hay.
Select editorial features include Vogue Italia, Mexico, and Brazil, by Sebastian Kim, and Vincent Peters; Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed, Flair, Marie Claire, Amica, Lula, D, V, and S magazines, by the likes of Bruce Weber, Kayt Jones, Russell James, Lachlan Bailey, Alexi Lubomirski, and Ben Watts; and Victory Journal, Plaza, Wallpaper, and Perfect magazine, and the international editions of Elle US, Italia, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Germany, and Serbia, by Phillippe Salomon, Yu Tsai, Andreas Kock, Manolo Campion, Robert Erdmann, and Gilles Bensimon.
In April 2012, Guy Aroch installed an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Elsa at New York City’s Milk Gallery. Off-duty, Hosk is a budding film actress. Select credits include She’s a Rainbow directed by Drew Reilly, La Prochaine Fois developed by Duffy Higgins and John Jaxheimer, Swedish Girls directed by J Dauphin, and several short films created by Aroch. She is also a dedicated philanthropist, and actively involved with Fair Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young women escape human trafficking.