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Karolína Kurková

Kurková at opening night of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera
Birth name Karolína Isela Kurková[1]
Other name(s) KK
Date of birth February 28, 1984 (1984-02-28) (age 26)
Place of birth Děčín, Czech Republic
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Green
Measurements 34.5B-25-35 (US)
87-64-89 (EU)[2]
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
Dress size 4 (US); 34 (EU)
Shoe size 9 (US); 41 (EU)
Agency IMG Model Management Viva Model Management

Karolína Isela Kurková (born February 28, 1984)[3] is a Czech model, best known as a former Victoria's Secret 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."[4] Vogue editor Anna Wintour called her the "next supermodel".[4]


Early life and career

Karolína Kurková was born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia, to Josef Kurka, a Czech basketball player, and a Slovak mother.[5] While Kurková was young, she was made fun of for her height.[6] But after a friend sent photos of Kurková to an agency in Prague, she - at 15[3] - landed a runway appearance, as well as a commercial and print advertising.[citation needed] She later traveled to Milan to gain more experience[5] and signed a modeling contract with Miuccia Prada.[7]

In September 1999, 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 February 2001 edition,[5] 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. Additionally, the lingerie brand Victoria's Secret chose her to be a part of 2000's televised fashion show special, though she was only 16 at the time.[8] Prominent fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent signed Kurková to contracts, while print campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano,Chanel, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Versace, H&M, and others helped expose her even more. In the 2002 Victoria's Secret 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.[8]

Kurková was named "Model of the Year" at the 2002 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 Angel in 2005, she was featured in the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, showcasing the $6.5 million fantasy bra decked with almost 2000 diamonds weighing 800 carats and a centerpiece diamond brooch weighing 10 carats.[9] She is the only Angel besides Heidi Klum to model the fantasy bra twice.[citation needed] As an Angel, she received a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame" prior to the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, appeared on the February 2008 cover of Esquire, re-creating the classic 1966 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 December 2007, she could be seen in print ads for Dell. 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".[10]

Kurková is among the world's top-earning models, having earned an estimated $5 million in the year 2007. She was placed 6th in the Forbes annual list of the highest earning models.[11][12]

Kurková has a smooth indentation in place of a navel, and photographs are often altered by the addition of an image of a navel to hide this.[13]

Kurková is represented by Viva Models Paris.[8]

In November 2008, E! Entertainment Television voted her the world's sexiest woman, beating the likes of Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Gisele Bündchen, and her fellow Angels Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima.[14]

Television/movie career

Kurková made her film debut alongside Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel, and Amber Valletta in Howard Himelstein's coming-of-age dramedy, My Sexiest Year.[15] She played Courtney A. Kreiger / Cover Girl in the live action 2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra film.[16]

She appeared on the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards along with Dwight Yoakam in presenting the "Top Female Vocalist" award to Carrie Underwood.

Personal life

Kurková announced in July 2009 that she was pregnant.

She lives in New York City's TriBeCa district and enjoys courtside basketball games at Madison Square Garden.[7]

Kurkova revealed that she has suffered from hypothyroidism, which caused her to gain weight.[17]

In July 2009, she announced she is expecting a child with her fiancé, Archie Drury.[18] On October 29th, Kurkova gave birth. The baby boy, Tobin Jack Drury, weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 oz., and is the first child for the couple.[19]


In March 2006, 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".[20] Karolina Kurkova Received the Atmosphere Magazine Award at the Madrid Planet Hollywood on December 18, 2003.


  1. ^ "Karolina Kurkova profile at". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  2. ^ DNA Profile
  3. ^ a b 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. CBS. 2007-12-04.
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  6. ^ "Karolina Kurkova interview at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show". Bellasugar. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Karolina Kurkova".AskMen. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  8. ^ a b c "Profile of Karolina Kurkova'.Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2005-11-13.
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  11. ^ Forbes Top Fifteen Models. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  12. ^ Forbes Top Fifteen ModelsForbes. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  13. ^ "Who doesn't have a belly button?". BBC News. 2008-11-20. 
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  15. ^ "My Sexiest Year".imdb. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  16. ^ Edward Douglas (2008-02-19). "In the Future: The Cast of Vantage Point". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  17. ^ Karolina Kurkova’s “Weight Problem” Caused by Hyperthyroidism
  18. ^ Karolina Kurkova Is Pregnant! People Magazine website. 07/14/2009
  19. ^ Model Karolina Kurkova Has a Boy! People Magazine website. 11/02/2009

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