It’s entertained Will Smith and Lady Kitty Spencer in recent days, and now Dubai has welcomed yet another A-list visitor. Supermodel Helena Christensen jetted into the emirate this weekend, a destination she last appeared to visit in 2016 for the grand opening of the Palazzo Versace Dubai. The Danish catwalk icon touched down in the Middle East from New York, according to her Instagram feed, where she’s also shared several snapshots of her trip. The 90s super, who is an accomplished photographer with work published in magazines and exhibitions, has documented her visit with her 427,000 followers.
As part of her work as creative director of niche fragrance line Strangelove NYC, Christensen hosted a dinner with a view, with Dubai’s horizon twinkling in the distance from a rooftop restaurant. The model also headed out into the desert, where she spotted oryx and camels, and snapped several selfies.
Christensen has since departed the UAE for Rwanda, where the star has been documenting life in refugee camps as part of her work as a photographer for the UN Refugee Agency. The model paid tribute to those she met during her visit on social media, telling her followers her work gives her the opportunity “to meet a lot of wonderful and inspiring people while learning about the refugee crisis first-handedly”.
“This camp, though critically underfunded, is a bustling community with pockets of magic,” the 49-year-old captioned an image of herself surrounded by children. “There are weaving rooms where women sit together, their hands creating beautiful baskets, most of them with babies or toddlers by their side, all being very supportive of each other. The lines for food and cash card distributions are long, but there’s a sense of patience and dignity present everywhere and all the kids are, as always, under these difficult circumstances, a huge ray of sunshine and hope.”