When towering Danish superstar Brigitte Nielsen had her fifth child, it marked the end of an incredible journey. For a while, it had not seemed likely that Nielsen and husband Mattia Dessi would be adding to their family. However, the birth of daughter Frida crowned their love for each other.
Nielsen gained fame first as a model and then as an actress and singer. This may well have seemed unlikely when she was a child in Copenhagen. That’s because her height, which would see her top six feet as an adult, brought with it scoliosis and legs of unequal lengths.
However, the stick-thin girl that other kids nicknamed “the giraffe” caught the eye of a scout, which led to her becoming a model. Nielsen soon became a favorite of fashion designer Helmut Lang. And the late 1980s would see her grace the cover of Playboy magazine and pose as a real-life She-Hulk for Marvel Comics.