Karolína Kurková (February 28, 1984) is a top Czech model and actress who may not be a household name in the United States, but is recognized around the world as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Karolina has developed a successful acting career in both television and films that continues to develop.
|Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell on “The Face.” (Credit Steve Fenn/Oxygen). Karolina starred on the show for a year.|
Karolina was a Victoria's Secret model for many years, and since has branched out into acting and other pursuits. Karolina is perhaps best known for starring on "The Face" for a year, on which host Naomi Campbell called her a "complete idiot." Later, Karolina responded, telling Jay Leno on the Tonight Show:
Being the mom of a 3-year-old prepared me for a lot of things, I guess.
Karolina is from Děčín, Usti Nad Labem, Czechoslovakia. Her father was a basketball player (which probably accounts for her height) and her mother was a bank administrator.
Karolina Kurkova indeed was a tall girl, and a friend sent some pictures into a modelling agency. She quickly began walking the runway, and before long she was in Milan and Paris. Miuccia Prada gave Karolina Kurkova a contract with Miu Miu before she turned 16. That set Karolina into the stratosphere of modelling.
Kurkova soon moved to New York City, arriving there in about 1999. A key step in Karolina's recognition was a February 2001 Vogue cover that reportedly made her the magazine's youngest cover star. Victoria's Secret had her walk in its annual fashion show during 2000, beginning a long association with the brand. She ultimately walked in the 2005-2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows.
Being chosen as a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2005 was a high point in Karolina's career, which led to her wearing the "Fantasy Bra" during the 2006 show.
|Karolina Kurkova on the cover of Vogue Paris.|
She remained a top Angel for several years, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. People Magazine included her in its list of 100 most beautiful people in 2008, and E! viewers voted her the world's sexiest woman. It doesn't get much better than that for a supermodel.
Karolina Kurkova has too many covers to list, so let's just look at a few from recent years:
- May Harper's Bazaar Czech
- March Grazia Italy, Harper's Bazaar Taiwan
- November Glamour Italy
- April Harper's Bazaar Czech
- March Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan
- February The Edit, Net-A-Porter Magazine
- October Vogue Portugal
- May Elle Czech, Elle Czech, Elle Italy, Elle Czech
- November L'Officiel France
- August Elle Germany
- June Allure Russia
- May Tatler Russia
- April Madame Figaro France, Vogue Mexico
- March Harper's Bazaar Arabia
- February Stylist, Stylist, Stylist, Harper's Bazaar Malaysia
|Karolina Kurkova on Harper's Bazaar Taiwan, March 2017.|
In addition to the covers listed above, some of Karolina's earlier covers include:
US: 'Photo' - November 2001; 'W' - June 2001; 'Vogue' - September 2004; 'Vanity Fair' - April 2005; 'Esquire' - February 2008
UK: 'Vogue' - May 2001; 'Nova' - June 2001; 'Elle' - February 2008; 'GQ' - September 2008; 'Elle' - November 2008; 'The Sunday Times Style' - August 11 2013
Czech Republic: 'Harper's Bazaar' - December 2001; 'Harper's Bazaar' - July 2002; 'Harper's Bazaar' - August & March 2003; 'Elle' - April 2004; 'Harper's Bazaar' - August 2005; 'One' - March 2011; 'Elle' - March 2013
France: 'Vogue' - March & August 2001; 'Numero' - June 2001; 'Vogue' - September 2002; 'Elle' - August 2005; 'Femme en Ville' - June 2005; 'Elle' - July 30, 2007; 'Elle' - August 27 2010; 'Elle' - December 09 2011
Some health problems have intruded on Karolina's career. She reportedly has hypothyroidism, with related premature menopause. She gained weight at the height of her career as a result which led to some negative reviews. She also has some people wondering what is going on with her bellybutton, which has an unusual shape.
|Karolina with actor Gerard Butler|
Karolina has branched out into acting. She is probably best known for being the Cover Girl in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009). She also has appeared on various iterations of the global "Next Top Model" series, and has made numerous television appearances. She makes regular appearances on "The Face," and also has appeared on shows like "30 Rock."
Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova at IWC's party launching the new Portofino midsize watch collection, December 2014.
Karolina was on People magazine’s “Most Beautiful” list in 2004. She was named model of the year at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.
Karolina's nicknames include KK, Koka Kola or simply Kinka. She he lives in downtown New York City (along the West Side Highway in TriBeCa) and in Miami with her husband, Archie Drury, and they have a son with another child on the way as of August 2015.