As the only child between former fashion model Helena Christensen and TV actor Norman Reedus, Mingus Lucien Reedus would likely have to work extremely hard to establish his own individuality, far away from his famous parents’ shadows. It would be a rough road, but he has the spark and drive to do it on his own terms.
A supermodel spawn just like the Gerber and Hadid kids, Mingus has proven that he is cut out for success in the modelling industry. Although his folks have done a good job keeping him away from the spotlight, he has begun gaining media attention as a fashion model in recent years. He made his first foray into the fashion industry in 2017, at the prestigious New York Fashion Week.
Mingus Lucien Reedus at a Glance
Mingus Lucien Reedus was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 13th of October 1999. His parents, Danish supermodel, Helena Christensen and Walking Dead actor, Norman Reedus named him after the renowned jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
He spent the first four years of his life together with his parents still together. The celebrity duo started dating in 1998, one year after Mingus’ dad Norman launched his professional acting career. Mingus was born the following year. His parents stayed together for 5 years before splitting in 2003. However, their separation was an amicable one as they remained in good terms, sharing custody of their son.
They usually unite as a family on special occasions and the amicable exes are often seen together supporting their son. Mingus graduated from high school in June 2018 and had both parents by his side to celebrate with him.
What Does He Do For A Living?
Mingus is not so much interested in living up to his parents’ standard in the eyes of others because he is seemingly comfortable with his style. As he grows more into adulthood, fans of Norman Reedus have been wondering when his son will start a Hollywood career of his own. Well, the fact is, his dad Norman has revealed that he is a very cool-headed boy who wants to live his life away from showbiz because he doesn’t want to ruin his life by becoming famous. In one of his interviews, Norman revealed that his son has even turned down a couple of acting gigs, lauding him as having a good head on his shoulder.
Mingus may not be comfortable with acting but he is considering a career as a fashion model. At least, the male folks in that line of showbiz don’t seem to get much attention. That might just be among the reasons Mingus Lucien Reedus, who has grown to become a spitting image of his supermodel mother, chose to follow in mommy’s footsteps.
Mingus Lucien Reedus made his modelling debut in 2017, walking for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week. The following year, he took to the stage again, also parading for Calvin Klein. He has also walked for Alexander Wang, as well as appeared on the cover of ODDA Magazine. The budding model is signed to VNY Models New York and Mother Agency. With a height of over 6 feet, coupled with the genes of his supermodel mom, it seems Mingus has chosen the perfect career for himself.
Meanwhile, his mom thinks modelling is just a phase in her son’s life, who she reveals is not planning to pursue the career for long. According to Helena, he is more interested in filmmaking and would soon go off to college where he would pursue his interest. Modelling for Mingus is just a means to save up some money, as well as explore some opportunities it offers.
Interesting Facts You Should Know About His Famous Parents
Helena Christensen has been a fashion force since the ’90s. The first of two daughters, she was born to a Danish father and a Peruvian mother on the 25th day of December 1968, in Copenhagen, Denmark. She won the Miss Universe Denmark crown in 1986 and left for Paris shortly after to pursue a career in modelling.
After entering the supermodel pantheon with campaigns for Chanel and Revlon in the early ’90s, Helena became one of Victoria’s Secret’s first Angels in 1997. She continues to model, gracing global runways like Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda extravaganza held in Sicily in July 2019.
The Danish beauty is also a photographer, clothing designer, and philanthropist. She is the co-founder and original creative director for Nylon magazine founded in 1999. Helena also has a clothing line known as Christensen & Sigersen. In 2018, she launched a lifestyle line, Staerk & Christensen with her friend and fellow Dane, artist and designer, Camilla Staerk. As a professional photographer, her work has appeared in such magazines as Nylon, Marie Claire, and ELLE and she has also shot top models like Gigi Hadid. Recently, she teamed up with Huawei for its latest smartphone, P20 Pro phone.
Prior to dating Norman, she was in a relationship with NXS frontman Michael Hutchence from 1991 to 1995. In 2008, she began dating Interpol singer Paul Banks until their split in 2015.
Mingus’ dad is an actor known for portraying Daryl Dixon on AMC’s horror drama series, The Walking Dead. Born to a teacher, Marianne (née Yarber) and Ira Norman Reedus on January 6, 1969, in Hollywood, Florida, he made his film debut in 1997 with the sci-fi horror film, Mimic. He has since recorded other works both in films and on television most notably, The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009).
Just like his model ex, Norman also had a stint in modelling. He modelled for various fashion designers like Prada in the 1990s. Also a motorcycle enthusiast, he is the star of the reality series Ride with Norman Reedus, which premiered in 2016.
Although he remains good friends with his ex and shares custody of their son, Norman has since moved on. He is currently dating actress and former fashion model, Diane Kruger who he met on the set of Sky in 2015. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in November 2018.