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Biography for Petra NemcovaPetra Němcová (born 24 Jun. 1979 (34 years ago) in Karviná, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is a model, TV host, author, and philanthropist. She is also the founder and president of Happy Hearts Fund. In dec. 2004 (9 years ago), she was injured in Thailand by a tsunami resulting from the 2004 (9 years ago) Indian Ocean earthquake; her then-fiancé, photographer Simon Atlee, was killed in the tsunami.
Her father was a mason and her mother, a teacher. She has a sister called Olga. She became a model after being spotted at the age of 16 during a national talent search.
She was featured on the cover of the 2003 (10 years ago) Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue but appeared also in the editions of 2001 (12 years ago), 2003 (10 years ago), 2004 (9 years ago), 2005 (8 years ago) and 2006 (7 years ago). She has also modeled for Victoria's Secret (26 walls), and for many other companies in the women's clothing market. In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair's body painting work. On 3 Jun. 2004 (9 years ago), she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador.Petra speaks czech, slovak, polish, english and, she saids "bad french" and "body language".
The 2004 (9 years ago) tsunamiDuring the Indian Ocean earthquake of 26 dec. 2004 (9 years ago), Němcová was at the Khao Lak resort in Thailand with her main photographer and fiancé, Simon Atlee when the tsunami struck where they were staying. Initially, Atlee was presumed missing, but his body was found and identified on 3 Mar. 2005 (8 years ago), on the shores of Sumatra (near the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the Tsunami).
Atlee drowned, and Němcová suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries, but she managed to hold onto the top of a palm tree, reportedly for eight hours, until she was rescued by Thai civilians and airlifted to an inland hospital nearby. Petra spent three weeks in a Thai hospital, and then flew home to the Czech Republic, where she spent an additional three weeks in the hospital. Atlee's body was not found until over two months after the tsunami. Němcová's first interview after her near-death experience was with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Live, on 9 Mar. 2005 (8 years ago). She has also spoken of her experiences on the Larry King Live program on CNN.
Happy Hearts FundIn 2005 (8 years ago), Němcová started The Happy Hearts Fund, a charitable organization and campaign formed after her survival and recovery from the Tsunami of 2004 (9 years ago). It aims to advocate and provide for disadvantaged youngsters who have had to endure hardship and who are not receiving the essential and sustainable help they need for healthy childhood development. It actively partners with charities, donors and foundations committed to providing immediate, tangible assistance for children.
Moving onIn 2008 (5 years ago) she visited Peru to help support the victims of the 2007 (6 years ago) Peru earthquake
She arrived at the Un Conte De Noel Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes movie Festival on May 16 , 2008 (5 years ago) in Cannes, France.
Glamour magazine awarded Němcová a "Survivor Award" in 2005 (8 years ago) for the way she picked up her life following her tsunami ordeal; her comeback being complete with her appearance in the 2006 (7 years ago) Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She also appeared in the 2007 (6 years ago) British FHM calendar as Miss May. She is now the host of TLC's A Model Life.
She wrote Love Always, Petra (ISBN 0446579130) published dec. 2005 (8 years ago), which tells of her early life under Communist rule in Czechoslovakia, her entrance into the field of fashion and modeling, and her breakthrough into Sports Illustrated, which was her springboard to becoming a supermodel. She also tells of her life with Simon Atlee and how they fell in love and became engaged to marry.
Nemcova has also moved on romantically, briefly dating British singer James Blunt in 2006 (7 years ago).
On 7 Jul. 2007 (6 years ago) she was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth and appeared in the music video 'Misfit' by American indie group Elefant. She is currently working with HP computers to produce a multi-million dollar TV and web campaign.
In Jul. 2007 (6 years ago), Němcová became a vegan after learning about the planet's rapidly depleting fish stocks. The Czech Republic-born model gave up meat and dairy in Feb. of that year.
Also in Jul. 2007 (6 years ago), Němcová partnered with New York City power broker Ron Schnackenberg to form a luxury boutique real estate firm Aglow Properties, which specializes in representing high net-worth/high profile clients in a very discreet manor. Aglow Properties has been linked with several high priced New York City apartment transactions.
On 12 Nov. 2007 (6 years ago) Nemcova visited Haiti alongside Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean as part of a charity-sponsored event. The inauguration of a computer lab and an eatery in the slums of Port-au-Prince were funded and sponsored by Jean's Yéle Haïti foundation and Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund.
Němcová is signed to Chic Management in Sydney, Australia. Recently she traveled in Mykonos island to attend a party in honor of De Grisogono jewels and she also did a fashion shooting for the Greek edition of Hello! magazine. Nemcova is also signed to Next Models Management.
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