Interview: Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk On Juggling Her Career, And Her NYC Lifestyle

Elsa Hosk
Interview: Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk On Juggling Her Career, And Her NYC Lifestyle
By Neesha Arter

When you think of Victoria’s Secret, you think of beauty, confidence and that infamous cat walk. Well, 23 year old Elsa Hosk has walked that runway and is one of the biggest faces of Victoria’s Secret these days. Born in Sweden and now living in NYC, this gorgeous girl is always working it. We got a chance to sit down and ask her about her favorite NYC hang outs, what went wrong at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and more!

What’s one piece of clothing you cannot live without?
My Celine leather jacket. I would never give it away. A leather jacket goes with everything, I found the perfect one.

How is everything going with Victoria’s Secret PINK and the college/NFL collections?
There’s one for every team and it’s a fun line. It’s kind of a men sports line with women cuts and the point is to let women feel comfortable while cheering on their favorite sports teams.

Best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Stay confident and be yourself, don’t compare yourself to others because we’re all unique.

Who’s your favorite designer?
I don’t have one in particular, I love so many, but I also really love vintage.

What is the last thing you bought?
A pair of vintage knee high boots yesterday. I was looking for a pair of black, 60s style boots.

I know you used to play basketball in Sweden. If you could play on any NBA team, which would you pick?
I would play for Miami because I would want to play for the best and they’re the best. But when I was in Sweden we had basketball camps every summer, and you could choose to be on one team. I always chose the Lakers.

Speaking of Sweden, what do you miss most about home?
The food. I was just thinking about it the other day how much I miss the food. It’s very healthy good food. There’s a lot of fish and fresh foods. I try to go back every six months but lately I’ve been having a lot of shoots. It is very important for me though to go and see my family and to stay grounded.

Who are your role models?
Strong women in the fashion industry and strong women in general.

What are three items you always keep in your purse?
iPhone, keys and wallet.

Thoughts on Social Media?
I love Instagram, I never liked Facebook, you have to find the social media that works for you and Instagram is my favorite. It’s so much fun.

You were on the cover of Italian Elle in July. what was that shoot like, where was it?
We actually shot it in New York. It was water sports inspired and it was in the studio. It was a lot of fun and I loved the cover in the end, it was a really fun experience.

Besides Elle, what magazine would you love to be on the cover of? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve always loved French Vogue and to be on that cover would be a dream.

I know there must have been a mishap at the VS fashion show. What happened?
All the shoes broke. All the shoes are specially made for the show and the heels just broke . I think about 10 pairs broke on the catwalk. The models were amazing though and just pretended nothing happened. Mine didn’t break, thank god! But it was crazy.

What’s your favorite show you’ve walked in?
Definitely the VS fashion show, it was the best experience. I was blown away and I had the time of my life. I thought I was going to be nervous but then I went out on stage and I didn’t want to leave! I didn’t want to leave the catwalk, I was like I can hang out here a while! It’s awesome, you feel like a rock star.

What’s your typical day off like in NYC?
I like to stay really low key, have a long brunch or go for a walk. Really easy, a nice dinner. And do all the stuff you don’t do while traveling, like laundry.

What gym do you go to in NYC?
I go to flywheel and flybarre. They are really fun spin classes and then flybarre is really good for tightening the body and elongating the muscles, which is a great workout for modeling. I used to go to a personal trainer but I like to switch it up. I think that’s the key or you get very bored. Whether it’s running or ballet or pilates.

You live in the city, what’s your favorite restaurant here?
I love this little neighborhood restaurant called Smith & Mills. It’s super tiny with really great food and a really nice environment. But it’s hard to try all the restaurants in New York because there are so many opening. I’ve been in New York for three years and there are still so many that I want to try. I love food and I’m always up for a new restaurant.

Are you a coffee drinker?
Yeah, they actually just opened the best coffee shop on my street, which is a Swedish coffee shop. It’s called Kaffe 1668 and it’s really great.

What’s your best advice to young girls on body image?
I would say don’t compare yourself to anyone else and let your body be. Eat healthy but don’t skimp on food. You need a lot of food and people don’t know how important it is to eat. It’s important to feel happy from the inside out and it’s a crazy world that we live in but I think it is important for girls to accept the body that they have.

Where are you heading next and what can we expect to see in your future?
I hope you’ll continue to see me in Victoria’s Secret and the Pink stores! This industry moves fast and you never know what the future holds, but I never take anything for granted . I feel very, very blessed with the career that I have.

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