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Karin Victoria Silvstedt (born 19 September 1974, Skellefteå, Sweden) is a Swedish model, Playmate of the Year, actress, singer, television presenter, and a former national-level skier in Sweden.
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Karin Victoria Silvstedt (born 19 September 1974) is a Swedish model, actress, singer, and television personality.
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Karin Victoria Silvstedt
Model, Actress, Singer, Television personality
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Metropolitan Models - Paris, Model Management - Hamburg, MIKAs Stockholm, MIKAs Malmo
www.metropolitanmodels.com/book/victoria-silvstedt-631/, www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/Victoria_Silvstedt/, www.model-management.de/book/cel/victoria-silvstedt-1078, www.mikas.se/sthlm/#/model/20268, www.mikas.se/malmo/#/model/20268, twitter.com/vicsilvstedt
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Playboy's Playmate of the Month December 1996, Playmate of the Year 1997
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Abrams Artists Agency L.A.
1997 Spokesmodel for Guess jeans, Commercial for Barq's Rootbeer (1999), Print Ads for Planters Rum (1999-2000), TV Commercial for Bridal Extravanganza Inc. (2001), Print ad for Patron Tequilla. (2001), Commercial for Bulgarian juices "BBB".
Tall, Athletic Body, Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes
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==Playmate of the Year 1997==
==Victoria Silvstedt== One of Sweden’s national treasures is Playmate of the Year 1997 Victoria Silvstedt. She is the perfect representation of Scandinavian beauty, with her platinum blond hair and blue eyes. She grew up in a small village in Northern Sweden with a “midnight sun,” meaning it was daylight 24 hours a day and then later it was dark 24 hours a day for three months each year.
====At age five==== Victoria began alpine skiing. She eventually worked her way onto the Swedish National Ski Team and became the fourth-best skier in the super-giant slalom among her teammates, most of whom eventually competed in the Olympics. At 16 she suffered a shoulder injury that ended her Olympic hopes.
====In 1993==== Victoria’s mom and sister entered her into the Miss Sweden Beauty Pageant. The lifelong tomboy had never worn high heels before the competition. That didn’t stop her from winning the entire event and earning a spot in the Miss World Pageant.
====After becoming a finalist==== in the [[Miss World Pageant]], a French modeling agent discovered [[Victoria]] and began finding her work with some of high fashion’s most prestigious companies, including [[Chanel]], [[Christian Dior]], and [[Giorgio Armani]].
====Hugh Hefner==== reached out to Victoria in the fall of 1996 for a Playboy photo shoot. She wasn’t very familiar with the magazine but accepted the offer anyway. The shoot took place in October, and in December 1996 she was chosen as Playmate of the Month. The next year she became Playmate of the Year.
====Victoria says==== the fashion world looked down on her Playboy pictorial and she was stigmatized. She didn’t let it slow her down. In 1998 she became the spokesmodel for the Guess jeans print campaign. She continued to work in a number of magazines including GQ, Maxim, and FHM.
====In addition to modeling,==== Victoria expanded her résumé to include a number of acting roles. She appeared in a handful of television shows, including Malibu, CA; Melrose Place; and Ocean Ave. After a number of smaller movies she earned a supporting role in Boat Trip alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Roger Moore. Because she’s fluent in English, French, Swedish, and Italian, she’s also appeared in a number of foreign films, with a handful of lead parts.
====In 1999==== Victoria released her first album. Although it did well on European charts, she considers singing mostly a hobby. She also released her own line of lingerie in Germany and in 2010 published her autobiography in France.
==Karin Victoria Silvstedt== (born 19 September 1974) is a Swedish model, actress, singer, and television personality.
===Early life=== Born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden, Silvstedt was raised in a family of five in Bollnäs,] having one older sister and one younger brother. She was keen on horseback riding and wanted to become a veterinarian.
====Silvstedt's father==== was the captain of a local ski team, and she started alpine skiing at the age of five. In 1989, Silvstedt placed fourth at a youth championship in the giant slalom won by Pernilla Wiberg. However, an accident in the middle of a skiing competition where she injured her shoulder ended Silvstedt's competitive skiing career at the age of 16.
====A few years later,==== Silvstedt was invited to participate in the Miss Sweden beauty pageant, after her mother and sister had sent some pictures of her to the pageant officials.
===Modeling=== Silvstedt participated in the Miss Sweden beauty pageant, and she was chosen to represent her country in the 1993 Miss World pageant in Sun City, South Africa, eventually making the Top 10. Silvstedt was signed up by a modeling agency in Paris, and she started working for various prestigious fashion houses, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Loris Azzaro, and Valentino, appearing in advertisements and fashion shows.
====Silvstedt was soon noticed==== by Hugh Hefner, who invited her to do a photo shoot for Playboy magazine in Los Angeles. She became the December 1996 Playmate of the Month, and was then chosen as the 1997 Playmate of the Year. Silvstedt has since appeared in various Playboy magazines, including Playboy Special Editions, as well as Playboy Videos. In the late 1990s, Silvstedt landed one of the most sought-after modeling contracts in the world, becoming the Guess? spokesmodel, succeeding among others Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith.
====In the 2000s and 2010s,==== Silvstedt has continued modeling internationally, appearing in numerous magazines, including FHM, Glamour, GQ, Hello!, Maxim and Vanity Fair, working for various brands such as Lynx, Nike, Renault and Triumph International, and being the cover star for the re-issued Russ Meyer DVDs.
===Acting=== Silvstedt has worked as an actress since the late 1990s, when she appeared in Hollywood television series such as [[Malibu, CA]] and [[Melrose Place]]. Since then, Silvstedt has also appeared in a number of Hollywood comedy films, including [[BASEketball]], The Independent, [[Out Cold]], and [[Boat Trip]]. Silvstedt has also appeared as a guest actress on [[Ocean Ave]]., a Miami-based soap opera, broadcast in [[Sweden]] and [[Florida]].
====Silvstedt==== has also starred in films and television series in various European countries, especially in Italy. As a leading actress, she has appeared in Italian films such as [[La mia vita a stelle e strisce]] and [[Un maresciallo in gondola]], in which she played [[Kim Novak]]. She has also had supporting roles in films like [[Un'estate al mare]] and [[Matrimonio alle Bahamas]]. In 2010, Silvstedt starred in [[Just for the Record]], a British mockumentary, starring also [[Steven Berkoff]] among others (Tagline: "[[They made the worst film of all time... let the trial begin]]"). She also had a small role in the French film [[Heartbreaker]], starring [[Romain Duris]] and [[Vanessa Paradis]].
====As for theatre,==== Silvstedt has appeared in the Off Broadway production, [[Pieces]] (of Ass), during its stay in Los Angeles in 2004.
===Presenting=== Silvstedt has been presenting numerous television shows and television specials all around the world since the 1990s. She has hosted entertainment shows such as [[Candid Camera]] on [[CBS]], [[Eurotrash]] on Channel 4, and [[Wild On!]] on [[E!]], and appeared as a presenter in various awards shows, including [[NRJ]] and [[World Music Awards]]. She has also served as a celebrity judge on [[Project Catwalk]], the British reality television series focusing on fashion design.
====In 2006,==== Silvstedt started working as a hostess of [[La Roue de la Fortune]] in France and [[La Ruota Della Fortuna]] in Italy. Both of the shows are based on the popular American game show [[Wheel of Fortune]], and Silvstedt divided her time between Paris and Rome, filming one of the shows for one month at a time, until 2009, when the Italian version was cancelled. As of 2012, Silvsted is no longer part of the French version either.
====In 2010,==== Silvstedt hosted her own television show [[Sport by Victoria]] on Eurosport during the 2010 [[Winter Olympics]]. The light-hearted program introduced different winter sports, and it was done both in English and French.
====Since 2011====, Silvstedt has also hosted numerous Le grand bêtisier television specials on TF1 in France, including the [[Christmas special]] [[Le grand bêtisier de Noël]], which attracted over three million viewers and an audience share of 32.7 percent on Christmas Eve 2011.
===Singing=== Silvstedt released her dance music album [[Girl on the Run]] through the [[EMI]] label in 1999. Three singles, "[[Hello Hey]]", "[[Rocksteady Love]]", and "[[Party Line]]", were also released to support the album sales, and the album went gold in Sweden. In 2010, Silvstedt released her fourth single called "[[Saturday Night]]", a Whigfield cover.
====Silvstedt==== has said she loves singing, but it is just a hobby, and that she cannot see herself making a full-time career out of it.
===Designing=== Having an interest in fashion design, Silvstedt launched her own lingerie collection [[Very Victoria Silvstedt]] at London Fashion Week in 2006. The [[Very Victoria Silvstedt]] brand was then officially launched for retail in collaboration with the [[Marie Meili]] brand in Paris in 2013.
===Reality TV=== Silvstedt debuted with her own reality television series [[Victoria Silvstedt: My Perfect Life]] on [[E!]] in 2008. The show has since been aired all around the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
====The first season==== covers Silvstedt's personal and work life, following her to St. Tropez, Monaco, Cannes, Paris, Rome, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Los Angeles, and New York. Silvstedt also visits her family in Northern Sweden, where she grew up, spending time with her childhood friends, horseback riding et cetera.
====In 2016==== Silvstedt is participating in the Swedish reality series [[Stjärnorna på godset]] alongside some of Swedens best known reality series stars such as [[Meral Tasbas]], [[Qristina Ribohn]] and [[Robban Andersson]]. The series was broadcast on TV3.
===Autobiography=== Silvstedt published her autobiography [[Les Secrets de Victoria. Dans la Tête de Victoria Silvstedt]] ([[Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Éditeur]]), co-written with journalist [[Christelle Crosnier]], in France in 2010.
===Personal life=== Silvstedt met [[Chris Wragge]] in 1997, when he interviewed her for Entertainment Tonight. They were engaged on [[Christmas Eve 1998]], and [[married in 2000]]. Silvstedt and Wragge lived in Santa Monica and Houston for several years, before moving to New York's SoHo district in 2004. [[They separated in 2007]] and are now [[divorced]].
====According to the Finnish broadsheet newspaper==== Keskisuomalainen, Silvstedt earns millions of dollars every year for her work in modelling, television presenting, and promoting various brands and products.
====Silvstedt speaks==== English, French, and Italian, in addition to her native language Swedish.
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