Renée Toft Simonsen
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Background information

12 May 1965

Arhus, Denmark

Occupation Psychologist, writer, former model
Years active 1980s-present
Psychologist / Writer
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Renée Toft Simonsen (born 12 May 1965) is a former supermodel from Denmark, who currently works as a psychologist and writer. Simonsen was one of the most successful and beautiful models in the world during the 1980s, and dated Duran Duran's John Taylor during the height of her career.

Biography Edit

Simonsen was born in Arhus, Denmark, where she worked as a supermarket cashier before she was discovered by fashion editor Birte Strandgaard in 1981. In December 1982 she appeared in the American edition of Vogue and became one of the quickest rising stars of the international modeling world.

In 1985 she dated bass player John Taylor of the British band Duran Duran to whom she was engaged.

That same year, she debuted as an actress in Carlo Vanzina's Sotto il vestito niente (The Last Shot), playing a psychopathic murderer. Besides her many modeling jobs, in 1987 she worked again with Vanzinain on the comedy Via Montenapoleone.

In 1988, disillusioned and unfullfilled by the decadence and luxury she was promoting through her modeling, she decided to take a break from fashion and find herself. After breaking up with Taylor, she lived for 3 months in a kibbutz in Israel with her sister Heidi. Despite an offer to audition for the role of a Bond Girl in one the the upcoming James Bond films, the following year Renee ended her modeling career and returned to Denmark to study journalism. After failing the qualifying examination she began to study psychology instead.

From 1991 on she again worked as model for Vichy cosmetics. In 1993 Simonsen became the face of Biotherm cosmetics. In 1997 she worked as a fashion editor for the Danish magazine Asschenfeldts Magasin, which was however stopped after a few issues. In summer she started a relationship with Danish rock singer Thomas Helmig, whom she married in August 2000. In 2002 she completed her degree in psychology with success.

In 2003 Simonsen signed a contract to the French cosmetic company Clarins and began appearing in magazine advertisements for mature skincare products.

In October 2003 she published her first children's book, entitled Karlas Kabale. In 2006 her children's book Anthony Greenwood was nominated for the Danish book-prize "Orla" and she was awarded with "The Most Dynamic Women" award by cosmetic company Clarins for her social engagement at Plan Denmark.

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