Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland
Princess Sofia of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland (born Sofia Kristina Hellqvist on 6 December 1984) is the wife of Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland and a philanthropist in her own right.
Prior to her marriage, Sofia was a former glamour model and reality television contestant.
As a glamour model, Hellqvist won the men’s magazine Slitz ’s “Miss Slitz” competition in 2004 and was then cast by TV4 and participated in the reality television show Paradise Hotel in 2005.
Hellqvist had been in a relationship with Prince Carl Philip since 2010. After the initial confirmation of their relationship, it was reported that the Swedish monarchy was “on the defensive”, due to Hellqvist’s history as a semi-nude erotic model and reality show contestant. In April 2011, the couple moved in together at a private estate in Djurgården, Sweden. In June 2014, Sofia and Carl Philip announced their plans to marry, on June 13, 2015 at the Royal Palace chapel in Stockholm.
Early life and career
Sofia Hellqvist was born in Täby to a Danish father and Swedish mother, and moved to Älvdalen at the age of six. She has two sisters, Sara and Lina Hellqvist.
At the age of 20, she did a photoshoot for the men’s magazine Slitz in which she posed wearing only a bikini bottom and a live boa constrictor around her upper body.
She was later voted Miss Slitz 2004 by readers.
When the relationship between Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip was revealed in 2010, Expressen newspaper published the photos again.
Following the Miss Slitz 2004 vote, Hellqvist was cast and offered a spot on the reality show Paradise Hotel which was broadcast on TV4.
Sofia’s tattoos was lasered off and her navel ring was removed.
Hellqvist accepted and made it to the final. During her stay at the show, she had a much-publicized feud with fellow contestant Olinda Castielle. In the end, Hellqvist got the opportunity to vote one fellow contestant off the show and decided to cast her vote on Castielle.
In 2005 she moved to New York to study accounting with computer application, specialising in business development, at the Institute of English and Business. She has also studied various courses such as global ethics, child and youth science, children’s communication and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in theory and in Swedish practice at Stockholm University. Hellqvist also started her own yoga centre in Manhattan.
She returned to Sweden to study in Stockholm, where she also worked part-time as a waitress and glamour model.
Hellqvist made headline news by revealing that she had been making out with U.S. porn star Jenna Jameson during a visit to Las Vegas.
In 2010, Hellqvist and a friend founded the Project Playground charity to assist underprivileged children in South Africa.
Relationship with Prince Carl Philip
Sofia Hellqvist and her husband after their wedding ceremony on 13 June 2015
In July 2010, Royal Court spokesperson Nina Eldh confirmed the relationship between Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip in a statement released by the palace. The UK Daily Telegraph described the news as putting the Swedish monarchy “on the defensive”, due to Hellqvist’s history as a semi-nude model and reality television contestant. In April 2011, the couple moved in together at a private estate in Djurgården, Sweden. In June of the same year, the palace confirmed that the couple was living together in Djurgården.
On 27 June 2014, it was announced that Hellqvist and Prince Carl Philip were engaged. In December 2014, Hellqvist made her debut at the Nobel Banquet in the Blue Hall along with her future husband and in May 2015, it was announced she would receive the title of princess.
They married on 13 June 2015 in Stockholm