ACTRESS & Model
Melinda Victoria Elvenes is foremost a commercial model and actress. She started her professional modeling carrier in the midst of her reign as Miss Universe Norway in 2010, later to find that acting would be her calling.
Melinda, whom is half Norwegian and half Motswana was born and raised in a small town called Maun, located in the northern part of Botswana. At a young age she started dancing, which harnessed her talent and love for the stage. Focusing on classical ballet in the transition from Elementary to Junior High School, her parents felt it best to send her to Norway to further both her education and talent. Melinda was accepted into the Norwegian National Ballet at age 12 - an accomplishment very few get to experience. Following this, she developed and strengthened her versatility in dance, majoring in Performing Arts in Senior High.
Fresh out of High School, Melinda’s eagerness to travel lead her to take a semester abroad in Cuba, and pivot back to Norway to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies. During her three years in college, she volunteered at a women's shelter. She also worked with Norway’s leading talent and production company, SB Productions. At this point, her modeling career took flight and led her to compete in, and win, the 2010 Miss Norway competition. That same year she fulfilled a childhood dream of participating in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas.
Realizing what opportunities she had, Melinda moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a modeling career in earnest. Her clients include, to name a few, Colgate, Range Rover, GAP, Outdoor Voices, Noah NY, L’Oreal, Levi’s, and Amazon.
In addition to modeling, Melinda has always exhibited exceptional people and logistical planning skills. In 2013 she returned to Botswana, accompanying Norwegian musical sensation, Nico & Vinz, to shoot a music video for their world hit single, “Am I Wrong” - this time showcasing her talents behind the camera, as co-producer. The video has close to 400MM views on YouTube to date, and demonstrates the vast range of skills within her repertoire.
In 2014 Melinda decided to leave New York and move to Los Angeles to further her modeling and acting career, a move that deemed to be fruitful. She is currently filming a Netflix show, can be seen in the latest Fidelity commercial in the U.S., and is a highly sought-after model and actress.