Many people have no idea who Victoria Silvstedt is, so I consulted Wikipedia to bring you her detailed history.
Silvstedt was a member of the Swedish National Ski Team, ranking as high as fourth among her Olympic teammates in the Super-Giant Slalom, but a shoulder injury ended her skiing career at 16. As a sports person, she was a bit of a tom-boy who supposedly had never worn high heels, but her mother and sister secretly entered her into the 1993 Miss Sweden Beauty Pageant.
Silvstedt was the first runner-up in Miss Sweden, and went on to represent Sweden in the Miss World contest in South Africa, reaching the final eight contestants. Resultantly, Silvstedt was signed by a Parisian modeling agent and began a career in high fashion, working for various companies including Chanel, Christian Dior, Loris Azzaro, Givenchy, Valentino and Giorgio Armani.
Black & White photos of Victoria Silvstedt from her GQ Italy layout, and the Silvstedt history lesson, are after the jump.
Written by Lauren Burch
After being approached directly by Hugh Hefner, she appeared as a centerfold in the December 1996 issue of Playboy and was subsequently named Playmate of the Year in 1997. As a European, not being aware of the wider distribution and publicity effect of Playboy, she suddenly broke into the North American market. She has been featured in almost countless magazines, including GQ, MAXIM, FHM, and GEAR. Victoria recorded a CD, which went gold in Europe, with the hit single, Hello, Hey.
She became a spokesmodel for Guess? Jeans, following in the footsteps of former Guess models, Eva Herzigova and Shana Zadrick. Victoria made appearances in the motion pictures: Boat Trip, The Independent, BASEketball, and Out Cold. She was already well recognised in the UK when she took on a new career hosting, The Late Show on Virgin Radio, and as a guest host on the tv show Eurotrash. She has been on the American television shows Melrose Place and MTV’s The Real World.
Like many Glamour models and Playmates before her, she is trying to branch out into acting and business. Having taken some guest appearances in previous Hollywood films playing up to her Swedish-Blonde “Inga” character, she is now acting in lead roles in European films mainly based in Italy, and taking to the stage in North America. In February 2006, like many other models and celebrities had before, she launched her own lingerie range during London Fashion Week.
In August 2006, she is set to be the hostess in the French version of the Wheel of Fortune on TF1, alongside Christophe Dechavanne.