Swedish stunner Elsa Hosk is a pro athlete, an amateur cook, and an idol to little girls everywhere. Meet this multitasking model of the moment!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIORGIO NIRO
STYLING BY REBECCA DENNETT
ART DIRECTION BY JILL SERRA WILDE
Growing up, what were your summers like?
Summers were my favorite part of life. I grew up in Stockholm, which has all these amazing islands around it. We used to explore them on my dad’s boat. We lived in a little house that had its own dock—it was just so pretty and idyllic.
What have you been up to this summer?
I haven’t really had any time off. I did spend a weekend in the Hamptons recently, but it rained the entire time. We stay in Amagansett, and we typically just hang out at the house, barbecue, and go to the beach. I also have a trip to Sweden planned.
Where do you eat on the East End?
I actually don’t like to go to restaurants out there—I prefer to cook at home and have picnics. We go to the Harbor Market & Kitchen on Division Street in Sag Harbor.
How’s your cooking?
It’s improving! I just moved into a new apartment that has a great kitchen, so it’s inspiring me to cook more. It’s hard to find the time when you don’t have a family to cook for, but I’ll definitely be throwing more dinner parties.
You showed up to our shoot with an injury. What happened?
I played basketball in sandals at Coachella and injured my foot. I ended up with a heel fracture. I wanted to win too badly!
We understand you were a professional basketball player.
Yes! I don’t really tell anyone about it, and it never comes up unless I’m doing an interview and someone has done their research. I don’t play as much anymore, but it’s still great to get people together and shoot some hoops for fun.
How do you stay in shape?
I go to a few different gyms in the city because I like to rotate and keep things fun. I do a lot of personal training with Kirk Myers at the Dogpound. They’re such a fun group of guys, and they make you feel powerful. You leave there and feel like you own the world. I also like to go to Flex Studios, which is sort of like barre on steroids. And I started running a lot last year, so I do that four days a week along the West Side Highway. In the Hamptons, I’ll go to SLT because it’s close to the house, or there’s so many beautiful trails or the beach. There are a lot of options.
Congrats on your recent American Elle cover.
I was jumping up and down when it came out. It was such a surreal moment for me. I was very honored to be among those models.
What Victoria Secret Angels are you closest with?
I hang out a lot with Martha Hunt, and I’m really close with Stella Maxwell. We know each other now, and I’m always really happy to see them all. They are all such amazing girls. I couldn’t be luckier to have them around.
What are your other career ambitions?
There’s so much I want to do! I’m so bad at doing a lot of things at once. I’m modeling now, but my head is exploding with ideas. I’m working on a design collaboration right now with Bik Bok, a Swedish brand. My first collection is coming out in August. It’s based on pieces I’ve had in my closet for a long time, and it has an ’80s/’90s vibe. It will be available all over Europe!
Do you have any other aspirations?
I would love to go to art school or even study furniture design. I’m really into interior design!
Everyone is going to want to know about your beauty routine, so spill!
My biggest beauty secret is that I let my skin breathe a lot, and I go without makeup as much as possible. When I’m working, I always wear a lot of makeup, so I clean my face really well with rosewater spray. I use oils for moisturizing. I used to have acne-prone skin, so I’m very careful with things that dry it out too much. I like to use natural products.
You share your name with Elsa from Frozen. That must be amusing.
I am so popular with kids, you have no idea. When I tell them that my name is Elsa, they get super shy and curious. It’s good for me because people used to have difficulty saying my name. Now, everyone knows it. They’re like, “Elsa from Frozen?” Yup!
FASHION EDITOR: Paige Reddinger
MAKEUP: Paola Orlando for Maybelline New York
HAIR: Steve Hoeppner for Moroccanoil
RETOUCHING: Justine Foord for Silhouette Studio
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