Victoria Silvstedt

Infobox Playboy Playmate
name = Victoria Silvstedt



imagesize = 150px
caption =
issue = December 1996
birthname =
birthplace = Skellefteå, Sweden
birthdate = birth date and age|1974|9|19
bust = 36C
waist = 25
hips = 37 (95C-63-97cm)
height = height|m=1.78
weight = convert|63|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
preceded = Ulrika Ericsson
succeeded = Jami Ferrell
pmoy-year = 1997
pmoy-preceded = Stacy Sanches
pmoy-succeeded = Karen McDougal

Karen Victoria Silvstedt (b. September 19 1974, Skellefteå, Sweden) is a Swedish supermodel and former professional skier.

Biography

Silvstedt was a member of the Swedish National Ski Team, ranking as high as fourth among her Olympic teammates in the Super-Giant Slalom.Fact|date=March 2008 Silvstedt claimed that at the age of 16 she competed in a "Best Fake Orgasm" contest at a local bar. The contestants were Silvstedt and 10 men. She won a brand-new TV. When she came home, she told her mother she won it at a game of bingo. [cite web|title=Victoria Silvstedt -Girls of FHM|url=http://www.fhmus.com/girls_girls_of_fhm_article.asp?cnl_id=1&stn_id=1&idx_id=319&gofp_slot=7|publisher=FHM Online|accessdate=2007-11-11]

Silvstedt was the first runner-up in Miss Sweden bowing to Johanna Lind, and went on to represent Sweden in the Miss World contest in South Africa, reaching the final eight contestants. She was then signed by a Parisian modeling agent and began a career in high fashion, working for various companies including Chanel, Christian Dior, Loris Azzaro, Givenchy, Valentino, and Giorgio Armani.

Bishõjo-kikõ

In 1993, Silvstedt appeared in "Girls of Northern Europe" (Bishiõjo-kikõ), in which she was photographed in full frontal nudity three years before appearing in Playboy in 1996. After being approached by Hugh Hefner, she appeared as a centerfold in the December 1996 issue of "Playboy" and was subsequently named Playmate of the Year in 1997. As a European, not being aware of the wider distribution and publicity effect of Playboy, she suddenly broke into the North American market. She has been featured in countless magazines, including "GQ", "Maxim", "FHM", "Gear" and "Nuts", where in 2005 she came second to actress Jennifer Ellison in a competition to find the "Sexiest Blonde in the World".

Away from Playboy

Like many glamour models and Playmates before her, she is trying to branch out into acting and business. Silvstedt claims her favorite hobby is singing, and in 2001 she recorded an album called "Girl On the Run", published by EMI, which went gold in Sweden with the hit singles, "Hello, Hey" and "Rocksteady Love".cite web|title=In Conversation with Victoria Silvstedt|url=http://centerstage.net/stumped/articles/victoria-silvstedt.html|publisher="STUMPED?" Magazine|accessdate=2007-11-11]

Silvstedt was already well recognised in the UK when she took on a new career hosting "The Late Show" on Virgin Radio, and as a guest host on the TV show "Eurotrash". She has appeared on the American TV shows "Melrose Place" and MTV’s "The Real World", and has worked on Italian TV hosting several shows.

Wheel of Fortune in three versions

She currently co-hosts "La Roue de la Fortune", the French version of "Wheel of Fortune" on TF1, alongside Christophe Dechavanne, as well as its Italian counterpart, "La Ruota della Fortuna" and Turkish counterpart, making her the only "Wheel of Fortune" hostess to host three international versions at the same time.

She made guest appearances in the Hollywood motion pictures: "Boat Trip", "The Independent","BASEketball", and "Out Cold" where she played up to her Swedish-Blonde "Inga" character. Silvstedt is now acting in lead roles in European films mainly based in Italy, and taking to the stage in North America.

Silvstedt became a spokesmodel for Guess? Jeans, following in the footsteps of former Guess models, Eva Herzigova, Anna Nicole Smith, and Shana Zadrick. In February 2006 she launched her own lingerie range during London Fashion Week. [cite web|title=Model Victoria Silvstedt launches lingerie|url=http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/24/content_4221411.htm|publisher=Xinhua News Agency|accessdate=2007-11-11]

As of November 2007 she has been in Italy promoting her new film, "Matrimonio alle Bahamas", an Italian comedy starring Massimo Boldi.

Personal life

Silvstedt speaks fluent Swedish, French, English and a little Italian. She dubbed three films in Italian.

Silvstedt married WCBS-TV news anchor Chris Wragge in June 2000 at Tuxedo Park Country Club in New York. In June 2006, Victoria and Chris threatened legal action against Sky News for slander, after pictures of her in Sardinia with a man other than her husband were published the Internet. Sky News had to remove the photograph. [ [http://www.superiorpics.com/victoria_silvstedt The Victoria Silvstedt Picture Pages] ] Silvstedt and Wragge later separated and are divorcing.

Appearances in "Playboy" special editions

*"Playboy's Nude Playmates" "(# 1)", June 1997.
*"Playboy's Playmate Review" "(# 13)", July 1997 - cover, pp. 1 & 84--93.
*"Playboy's Book of Lingerie" vol. 58, November 1997 - pp. 28--31.
*"Playboy's Book of Lingerie" vol. 59, January 1998 - pp. 61--65.
*"Playboy's Wet & Wild" "(# 2)", May 1998.
*"Playboy's Girls of Summer" "(# 14)", June 1998.
*"Playboy's Supermodels" "(# 2)", August 1998 - pp. 90--93.
*"Playboy's Body Language", October 1998 - pp. 90-91.
*"Playboy's Playmate Tests" "(# 1)", November 1998 - cover.
*"Playboy's Playmates in Bed" "(# 3)", February 1999 - pp. 82--85.
*"Playboy's Book of Lingerie" vol. 67, May 1999 - cover, pp. 1 & 32-33.
*"Playboy's Girls of Summer" "(# 15)", June 1999 - pp. 50-51.
*"Playboy's Celebrating Centerfolds" vol. 3, October 1999.
*"Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens" "(# 3)", October 1999.
*"Playboy's Book of Lingerie" vol. 75, September 2000.
*"Playboy's Nude Playmates" "(# 3)", April 2001 - pp. 44-45.
*"Playboy's Girls of Summer" "(# 17)", May 2001.
*"Playboy's Sexy 100" "(# 1)", February 2003 - cover.
*"Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads" "(# 3)", June 2003.

References

External links

* [http://victoriasilvstedt.com/ Official Website]
*playmate|1996|12
*imdb name|id=0005429|name=Victoria Silvstedt
* [http://www.stumpedmagazine.com/interviews/victoria-silvstedt.html Stumped Magazine Interview]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO86Ha2prio Music Video for "Hello, Hey"]


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