"Vendela" redirects here. For the American novelist and writer, see Vendela Vida.
Vendela Maria Kirsebom (born 12 January 1967) is a Norwegian-Swedish model and actress living in Nesodden, Norway.
Early life and career:
Vendela Kirsebom was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Norwegian mother and a Turkish father. At the age of 13, Kirsebom was discovered in a Stockholm restaurant by Eileen Ford. At 18, she graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School and moved to Italy to pursue a modeling career under the guidance of the famous Ford Models. Contracted with Elizabeth Arden, she moved to the United States to work as Almay's spokesperson.
Magazine cover, film and television appearances:
She has appeared on the magazine covers of Bride's (US), Flare (Canada), Shape (US), FHM (UK), and Zest (US) and has been featured multiple times in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She appeared in Batman and Robin in 1997 as Nora Fries and The Parent Trap, alongside Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid, in 1998. She was also featured in the Disney Channel's Model Behavior with Justin Timberlake and Maggie Lawson. She appeared as herself in 1995 episodes of The Larry Sanders Show and Murphy Brown, as well as the 2005 TV-movie sequel Romy and Michele: In the Beginning. She also lent her voice to a character on Johnny Bravo. In 1999, she hosted the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen 1999. She currently hosts the 2nd cycle of Norway's Next Top Model and the 4th cycle of Sweden's Next Top Supermodel.
In 1996, she married Norwegian politician Olaf Thommessen, a Roman Catholic of French and Norwegian descent. They separated in 2007 after 11 years of marriage and Vendela moved to Oslo with their two daughters, Julia and Hannah. In addition to Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, she speaks German, Italian and English fluently. She remains active in modeling and is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.