Before we visited Helena Vestergaard in her home on Sydney's Northern Beaches for this photo shoot, I had done my research. I knew that the young mother-of-two would be laid back, incredibly cool and of course, impossibly beautiful. But there was a whole lot that took me by surprise...
For one, many mothers who show off the free-spirited beachside persona that Helena embodies so naturally will say that they’d like to have a “house full of children.” Helena, however, tells me in a no-nonsense tone that, “We are absolutely done with two. Three would be total chaos.”
When I then share that I have three children of my own, she nervously apologises (not necessary – she’s right – it is chaos) and then proceeds to ask me just as many questions as I ask her. A rare quality in many of the models of Helena’s calibre.
Helena is also brutally honest and despite being dreamy herself, doesn’t look at life through rose-coloured glasses. When we ask her about the concept of “the village,” for example, Helena tells it how it is. “I wish I could say yes but my family all live in a different state and Nathan’s do too,” she says. “We would love a village but that’s just not how it worked for us. I guess you just make your own situation work.”
And making it work, she is. Her two children, River (2) and Sway (nearly 1) are divine. Happily playing by her feet for much of the photoshoot, they clearly adore their mama, who keeps them lovingly but firmly in line. She’s the first to send them off for a nap, dashes between shots to prepare a snack, and regularly instructs Nathan to slather them in mosquito repellant. (River hilariously parrots much of what comes out of Helena’s mouth, which at one point is, “And hurry up, babe! Oh, and I love you!”)
In this peaceful home that’s minimally decorated with wooden toys and gorgeous dried flowers at every turn, the outdoor and indoor blend perfectly together, which is clearly a passion of Helena’s. As a family, they spend much of their time outdoors, and are deeply committed to the environment.
Which is why she was also such a natural fit to model clothing from sustainable fashion brands, styled with Pandora jewellery, given the brand’s recent announcement to reduce emissions in its full value chain by joining the Science Based Targets initiative. In fact, Pandora has committed to being 100% carbon neutral in its operations by 2025, in direct response to climate change, showcasing its leadership in the jewellery industry. What’s more, over and above Pandora’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality, in recognition of the adverse environmental impacts of mining and their accountability to develop a more responsible supply chain, Pandora also uses recycled grains in core materials. And it’s not just lip service. In 2019, of the core jewellery materials sourced by the brand, 98% of silver grains and 100% of gold grains came from recycled materials. It’s a brand clearly leading the way in sustainability, much like the model herself.
Now, let’s take a look inside the beautiful, natural, loving world of Helena Vestergaard.