Hanne Norgaard, also known as Kim Elba, is the first wife of actor Idris Elba. She is of Afro-Asian descent and has described her descent as Blasian in one of her social media accounts. Though Norgaard is known because of her famous ex-spouse, she is a well-known professional make-up artist in her own right who has worked for film production houses, such as Columbia Trista and, BBC TV shows. She has also worked with famous make-up brands like Sean Combs, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Her celebrity clients have included Robin Williams, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Jenna Redgrave and Idris Elba. She owns a business called ‘Make up Your Mind’ which caters to various kinds of make-up requirements. She has her own make-up line called Kim Elba Cosmetics. She believes that every face is uniquely beautiful and that make-up should be used to enhance that beauty.
Born Country: United States
After her marriage to Idris Elba they moved to New York in 1999. She worked for movies, television shows, fashion shows and magazine shoots. Her career path slowed down after her separation with her husband in 2003, but in 2007 she kick-started it again with her beauty initiative ‘Make Up Your Mind’.Through this service Norgaard and her team of expert make-up artists and hairstylists offer a vast range of make-up services to clients which include accompanying clients on shoots, different ways of hair styling and personal styling. Another unique offering of this service is make-up parties where they help women host parties during their holidays to learn make-up and enhance their holiday looks.
Norgaard met Idris Elba when she was working as a make-up artist in London and he was an upcoming actor. They got married in 1999 and moved to New York to pursue better opportunities for their respective careers. In 2002, their daughter Isan Elba was born. In 2003 a year after Isan was born the couple separated. Norgaard has never spoken about the reason of the divorce and she and Idris remain friends. They were seen celebrating their daughter’s 16th birthday party together.
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