YFKE STURM – the Dutch former Victoria’s Secret catwalk model who was involved in a surfing accident last week in Italy – has woken from a medically induced coma, Italian newspapers report. Sturm was riding a motorised surfboard off the coast of the Italian island of Ischia when she fell into the water and hit her head, but Italian newspaper La Repubblica asserts that her condition has improved.
Sturm – who lives in London with her partner and two-month-old son, Alexander – was airlifted to a specialist clinic in Naples earlier this week for treatment for head and spinal injuries. Yfke’s father Wilfred Sturm told Dutch newspaper The Telegraaf on Friday that his daughter had a “hairline fracture in her skull,” People reported, but that there was “no bleeding”.
“We are shocked to hear about this terrible accident,” a spokesperson for Sturm’s London agency, Next Models, said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Yfke and her family at this time, and we are praying for her speedy recovery.”
As well as appearing in the Victoria’s Secret show in 2002 and 2005, Sturm built her name with catwalk and campaign appearances for labels including Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Calvin Klein – and was also enlisted to host Holland’s Next Top Model in 2006. She also co-wrote a book entitled Yfke’s Model Secrets in 2009 featuring health and fitness advice and stories about her time in the fashion industry.