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- Lykke May Andersen
- Copenhagen Denmark
- Ass And Perfect Body
- Hitting Air Hostesses
May Andersen is a Danish model. She is most known for her work with Victoria's Secret and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Despite her recent air rage arrest, her newfound notoriety has not changed her status of officially being used for publicizing the Danish tourism program: "Who doesn't like a Dane?" although her agency Elite Model Management tried to distance her and themselves from it by changing her official booking name to Lykke May after the arrest and subsequent publicity, in time for New York's Fashion Week in July 2006.
May Andersen Early life
As a child she wanted to be a singer and took vocal lessons. Her career goal changed dramatically when a photographer spotted her on a Copenhagen street at age thirteen. The photographer convinced her and her parents that she would have a good chance of having a successful career as a fashion model, despite her young age. The year she turned eighteen, she relocated to New York.
May Andersen Career
Initially dreaming of becoming a singer, May Andersen dramatically changed her career goal when a photographer spotted her on a Copenhagen street at age 13. Despite her young age, her parents were convinced by the photographer that May would have a good chance of having a successful career as a fashion model.
After working in her native land, the Scandinavian beauty with her striking looks and upbeat personality soon worked in Europe's elite fashion capitals. She subsequently modeled extensively with Italian designers, including GFF-Gianfranco Ferre, Valentino and Miu Miu, who selected her for its Spring/Summer 1999 campaigns, and BCBG, Capucine Puerari, Prada, and Alberta Ferretti's Philosophy for the Fall/Winter collections of '99-2000.
Meanwhile, she often appeared in Italian fashion publications like La Repubblica delle Donne, and the Italian editions of Elle and Vogue. She also graced the cover of the April '99 issue of Glamour Italia and Marie Claire Italia's May '99 edition.
Following her sign with the prominent Elite model agency, May had representation in Milan, Paris and New York. By this time, outside of Italy, she's strolled the runways for ready-to-wear collections by such top designers as Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent. She also has graced the catwalk for Chanel, Christian Dior and Ocimar Versolato.
In 2000, at age 18, May relocated to New York City. That same year, she got a car accident and had to be hospitalized for a fractured pelvis and lesions to one of her legs. The car she was riding was hit by a garbage truck on Sixth Avenue. May, who fortunately made a complete recovery, later received a reported $15 million compensation from the City of New York.
Another incident took place during Paris' Fashion Week 2003. May, who chooses to pose in fur fashions and has frequently been a target of animal rights activists, was attacked by a man who sprayed tear gas in the face, while she was out sightseeing with fellow model Devon Aoki.
2003 saw May graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, which consequently helped to catapult her name. She made her second consecutive appearance in the swimsuit edition in 2004, which also marked the 40th anniversary of the annual tradition. Subsequently, she was invited to guest spot such talk shows as “Good Morning America,” CNBC's “The Big Idea” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.”
May also flew back to Denmark for Scandinavia's Fashion Week. She also participated in various charitable projects in her homeland.
May Andersen Arrest and deportation
On April 20, 2006, May Andersen was arrested for hitting a flight attendant on a flight from Amsterdam to Miami. Andersen was aboard Martinair Flight 643 on Thursday. She was "loud and disruptive all throughout the flight," according to a Miami-Dade police spokeswoman. Airport police arrested Andersen when the flight landed. She continued her loud and unruly behavior with officers, police said. Andersen was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital to check for signs of alcohol or drug abuse, then booked into Miami-Dade County Jail.
She was deported by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to the Netherlands on Monday, April 24, after spending two nights in jail. She was charged with battery, resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication. Upon her return to the United States, she was to stand trial.
On April 28, 2006, she appeared on Danish television, defending her behavior by stating that she could have pushed the flight attendant away accidentally while she slept, because he was bent over her attempting to adjust her seat. She also stated that she was awoken a second time by a police officer pulling her arm which could explain her unruly behavior because she did not understand the charge, and was separated from her girlfriend and still sleepy etc. In the TV-clip, pictures of her bruises were shown.
On July 25, 2006, in order to avoid a long and costly trial, she was offered a deal where she had to undergo an anger management course. Once completed, all charges would be dropped. The remaining charge, which there was evidence to support, was resisting arrest without violence. On August 1, 2006 it was confirmed that she had accepted the deal and would seek a course in New York, because the concept of such courses is unknown in Denmark. On September 20, 2006 the record on the Clerk of court page confirmed that she had completed the treatment of the undiagnosed psychological sickness.
May Andersen TV character: Mae Anderson
On 21 September 2006, the American television series Six Degrees debuted on ABC with an opening scene of a character named Mae Anderson (played by Erika Christensen who is of Danish extraction), who after a night out carousing with friends, decides to hop on a garbage truck/street sweeper heading down Fifth Avenue toward Washington Square Park and take off her top, an act which gets her arrested. This bears several striking similarities with Andersen's own life, especially the car accident: The character's name, the actress's heritage, the garbage truck near Sixth Avenue, and an arrest (including scenes of her being identified by her mug shot in succeeding episodes).