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Karolina Kurkova

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Date of Birth:28 February 1984
Birthplace:D?n, Czech Republic
Age:26
First Name:Karolina
Last Name:Kurkova
Build:Slim
Height:5' 11" (180 cm)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Pisces
Claim to Fame:Cover Girl in the live action G.I. Joe
Occupation:Model
Occupation Category:Model
Nationality:Czech
Alternative Names:KK
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Biography for Karolina Kurkova

Karolína Kurková (born Feb. 28, 1984 (35 years ago)) is a Czech model, best known as a former Victoria's Secret (26 walls) Angel, and an aspiring actress. Mario Testino said of Kurková, "The proportions of her body and her face, as well as her energy level, make her a model who could fit almost into any moment." Vogue editor Anna Wintour called her the "next supermodel".

Early life and career

Karolína Kurková was born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia, to Josef Kurka, a Czech basketball player, and a Slovak mother. While Kurková was young, she was made fun of for her height.[citation needed] But after a friend sent photos of Kurková to an agency in Prague, she - at 15 - landed a runway appearance, as well as a commercial and print ad.[citation needed] She later traveled to Milan to gain more experience and signed a modeling contract with Miuccia Prada.

In sep. 1999 (20 years ago), Kurková appeared in the American edition of fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue, and after moving to New York City at the age of 17, graced the cover of the Feb. 2001 (18 years ago) edition, becoming one of the youngest models ever to appear on the magazine's cover.[citation needed]

Modeling career

Following her Vogue cover, Kurková became recognized at haute couture fashion shows, and lingerie brand Victoria's Secret (26 walls) chose her to be a part of 2000's televised fashion show special. Prominent fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent signed Kurková to contracts, while print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Versace, H&M, and others helped expose her even more. In the 2002 (17 years ago) Victoria's Secret (26 walls) fashion show, she wore the multi-million dollar fantasy bra, worth almost $10 million and designed by Hearts on Fire. Other runway credits of hers include Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Vera Wang.

Kurková was named "Model of the Year" at the 2002 (17 years ago) VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, in part for her work ethic, having worked twenty-three weeks straight.[citation needed]

Kurková has appeared in almost twenty Vogue magazine covers internationally, including the French, Italian, UK, German, Russian, Greek, and Korean editions, and has also appeared in international editions of Elle, Vanity Fair, and The Face. She has worked with noted fashion photographers like Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, and Mario Testino.

After being contracted as a Victoria's Secret (26 walls) Angel in 2005 (14 years ago), she was featured in the 2006 (13 years ago) Victoria's Secret (26 walls) Fashion Show, showcasing the $6.5 million fantasy bra decked with almost 2000 (19 years ago) diamonds weighing 800 carats and a centerpiece diamond brooch weighing 10 carats. She is the only Angel besides Heidi Klum (67 walls) to model the fantasy bra twice. As an Angel, she received a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" prior to the 2007 (12 years ago) Victoria's Secret (26 walls) Fashion Show, appeared on the Feb. 2008 (11 years ago) cover of Esquire, re-creating the classic 1966 (53 years ago) Angie Dickinson cover for the magazine's 75th anniversary, and was chosen as part of People magazine's 100 most beautiful people in the world.

In dec. 2007 (12 years ago), she could be seen in print ads for Dell.

Model.com featured her at number five on the list of the hottest models today.[citation needed]

In the last Cía Marítima fashion show, Kurková's unexpectedly heavier physique brought criticism from the Brazilian press as having "too much back fat, love handles and cellulite".

Kurková is among the world's top-earning models, having earned an estimated $5 million in the year 2007 (12 years ago). She was placed 6th in the Forbes annual list of the highest earning models.

Kurková has no navel, and photographs are often altered by the addition of an image (wallpaper) of a navel to hide this.

Kurková is currently represented by Viva Models Paris.

In Nov. 2008 (11 years ago), E! Entertainment TV voted her the world's sexiest woman, beating the likes of Angelina Jolie (146 walls), Scarlett Johansson (60 walls), Gisele Bündchen (30 walls), and her fellow Angels Heidi Klum (67 walls) and Adriana Lima.

TV/Movie career

Kurková is set to make her movie debut alongside Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel, and Amber Valletta in Howard Himelstein's coming-of-age dramedy, My Sexiest Year. She has also been cast as Courtney A. Kreiger / Cover Girl in the live action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (10 walls) to be released in 2009 (10 years ago).

She appeared on the 2008 (11 years ago) Academy of Country Music Awards along with Dwight Yoakum in presenting the "Top Female Vocalist" award to Carrie Underwood.

Personal life

She currently lives in New York City's TriBeCa district and enjoys courtside basketball games at Madison Square Garden. Karolina's interests are football, basketball, hiking, and acting.[citation needed]

Kurková has been quoted as saying, "Everyone likes and deserves to have some fun. In the end, when you smile, life smiles back at you!"

Kurkova has revealed that she has suffered from hypothyroidism, which caused her to gain extra weight.

She is expecting a child with her fiancé Archie Drury.

Charity

In Mar. 2006 (13 years ago), Kurková received an award from the non-profit organization, Women Together, for her humanitarian work. Kurková was honored for working for the welfare of children through organizations such as "The Beautiful Life Fund", "Free Arts" and "Global Youth Action Network". Karolina Kurkova Received the Atmosphere Magazine Award at the Madrid Planet Hollywood on dec. 18, 2003 (16 years ago).

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