Hanne Norgaard 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 is of Afro-Asian descent and has described her descent as Blasian in one of her social media accounts.

Profile Summary

Real Name/Nickname Hanne Norgaard/Kim
Gender Female
Date of Birth 5 April 1977
Nationality American and British
Occupation Professional Make-up Artist and Entrepreneur
Ex- Husband/Current Husband Idris Elba/Pastor Andrew L. Friar II.
Net Worth $900,000

Hanne Norgaard Early Life

Hanne Norgaard was born on the 5th of April 1977. She holds British citizenship and is of Africa-Asian ethnicity. Her mother is from South Korea and her father is an African-American. She grew up in South Korea, England and USA. Her father worked as a local store manager in London while her mother was a homemaker.  Hanne received a diploma with the highest honours in makeup artistry from SC Institute in Washington, DC, from 2004 to 2006. Later, she joined the International Makeup Artist Academy in Europe, earning a diploma with the highest honours.

What is Hanne Norgaard’s Ethnicity and Nationality?

She is a dual citizen, British-American.  She is of Africa-Asian ethnicity. Her mother is from South Korea and her father is an African-American. Hanne Norgaard is bilingual; she speaks English and Danish fluently.

Hanne Norgaard Career Journey

Hanne Norgaard started her career as a model when she was a teenager. With a desire to explore the world she came to London on her own and started modelling. Her parents were keen that she get a good education. They insisted that she study make-up artistry which would ensure that she could stay in the beauty and fashion world which she was interested in. She graduated with honours from the “International Artist Make Up Academy” in London. Her career got off to a flying start when she landed a job with BBC within the first week of her graduation in 1992. This was followed by another assignment for film production house Columbia Tristar, London, in 1993. She worked as the key make-up artist for some of the major Columbia Tristar projects.

Shortly after her college graduation, Hanne was lucky to get a smooth start in her career. She started by landing jobs in prestigious companies where she gained knowledge about makeup and the entire industry. This prompted her to further her education, joining International Makeup Artist Academy in Europe. Shortly after, she launched her makeup brand named Kim Elba Cosmetics. Hanne has been in the makeup and beauty industry for over 15 years. Over these years, she has worked with high-profile celebrities who consider her a pro amongst Europe’s socialites, entertainers and the entire Hollywood elite group. Some of her celebrity clients includes Chillie of TLC, Lyfe Jennings, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jenna Redgrave, Nigel Havers, Idris Elba, and Robin Williams.

She has also worked with famous make-up brands like Sean Combs, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. 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.

Hanne Norgaard First Marriage

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.

Hanne Norgaard Second Marriage

In 2013 after remaining single for ten years, Hanne Norgaard married Pastor Andrew L. Friar II. The marriage celebration ended in a romantic yacht cruise. On their first marriage anniversary Norgaard said that her husband was a special gift from God to her. She added that she was astounded by his love of God, patience, understanding and confidence.
In an interview to ‘People’ Magazine in 2019 Isan Elba spoke about her how she watched her mother battle mental illness. According to Isan Elba her mother had been diagnosed with bipolar depression, depression and chronic anxiety.

Hanne Norgaard Physical Features

Hanne stands at the height of 5 feet and 2 inches. She weighs around 61 kg. Her other body statistics are 34 -28-35 inches. She wears a bra size 33B and a shoe size 6 (UK). Hanne has black hair and dark brown eyes.

Hanne Norgaard’s Net worth

Hanne has earned quite some dollars from her make-up artistry and entrepreneurship. She has a net worth estimated to be $900,000 as of 2022.


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