Karolína Kurková
Czech model
Karolína Kurková
Karolína Isela Kurková 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. " Vogue editor Anna Wintour called her the "next supermodel". Kurková is among the world's top-earning models, having earned an estimated $5 million in the year 2007.
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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Broadcast Used To Be Intensely Creepy
Huffington Post - 3 months
You’ll never watch “My Best Friend’s Wedding” the same way again. The year was 2001. Adriana Lima was 20 years old, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was 6 years old and for some reason, Rupert Everett was the host.  If it bothers you that a televised broadcast of beautiful women parading down a runway in their underwear is one of the most highly anticipated spectacles of the holiday season, wait until you see this cringeworthy, 15-year-old footage we dug up on YouTube. Folks, we’ve come a long way. Everett, giving off decidedly non-Prince Charming vibes, spends an uncomfortable 40 minutes saying things like, “The security is tight and so are the girls,” and calling attractive women “delicious crumpets.” All the blame can’t be put on Everett’s shoulders. There’s also a mirror cam, which catches the girls unknowingly as they adjust their outfits and check themselves out. Anouck Lepere, one of the models who walked in the show that year, sums it up: “Imagin ...
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AI participated in designing this supermodel-worn dress at the Met Gala
Yahoo News - 10 months
Technology has officially infiltrated fashion, and last night’s star-studded Met Gala served as proof. The glamorous event, always known to set the fashion police’s tongues wagging, took on a very 21st-century theme on Monday, with guests offering their takes on this year’s theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Thoroughly embracing this modern marriage are IBM and Marchesa, who debuted a so-called “cognitive dress” on supermodel Karolina Kurkova. On my way! @marchesafashion #MetGala #emotionalintelligence #wearabletech @ibm #MetGala2016 pic.twitter.com/nyI6OR22wC — Karolina Kurkova (@karolinakurkova) May 2, 2016 Calling it a “first-of-its-kind garment with cognitive inspiration woven into every step of the creative process — from concept and R&D, to design, and finished product,” the dress comes from the combined atelier of fashion powerhouse Marchesa and none other than IBM’s Watson. Not only is this AI powering hotel concierges, giving us recipes, and tracking ...
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Everyone Is Wearing Face Sheet Masks, And So Should You
Huffington Post - about 1 year
K-beauty, aka Korean beauty, has quickly expanded to the rest of the world over the past five years thanks to life-changing products. From BB creams (beauty balms that make you look like you're not wearing any makeup) to essences (highly concentrated, yet lightweight topical treatments that go on before serums and moisturizers), you can't walk into a Sephora or Ulta without seeing a display highlighting Korean skincare.  But one of the most popular K-beauty trends to have taken off this year has been face sheet masks. Supermodels Chrissy Teigen and Karolina Kurkova, comedian Chelsea Handler and actor James Franco have uploaded photos of themselves on social media sporting face sheet masks, which make them resemble Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th."  A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Jul 13, 2015 at 3:41am PDT According to Christine Chang and Sarah Lee of Glow Recipe, an online destination for natural Korean beauty products, brands ...
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The Stars On This Week's Best Dressed List Have Some Serious Skills
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Between swanky Super Bowl festivities and AmfAR's fancy prelude to New York Fashion Week, there were plenty of stellar style moments to choose from for this week's best-dressed list. Lily Aldridge was a vision in winter white and Jessica Alba showed us how to rock a sweatshirt on the red carpet. But it was Beyoncé who claimed the top spot by mesmerizing us with her killer curves in a dazzling gown. She can seriously do no wrong! Here's a look at all our picks for best-dressed. What do you think? Lily Aldridge in Rosie Assoulin One word: Goddess! The dramatic neckline and sleeves on this edgy ivory ensemble make it a certified showstopper. Beyoncé in Roberto Cavalli There are very few celebs that could rock this peek-a-boo creation and Beyoncé is definitely one of them. She effortlessly shows off her fabulous physique while looking classy -- not trashy. Jessica Alba It's not easy pulling off a sweatshirt on the red carpet, but Jessica handled it like a champ. Teaming ...
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Ireland Baldwin & Chanel Iman: amfAR Gala with A$AP Rocky!
Just Jared - about 3 years
Ireland Baldwin hits the black carpet while attending the 2014 amfar New York Gala kicking off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday (February 5) in New York City. The 18-year-old model was joined by her good friend Chanel Iman, who was accompanied by her rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky. Models Karolina Kurkova, Alyssa Miller, Coco Rocha, and Nicole Trunfio were all spotted attending the star-studded gala to kick off fashion week. FYI: Ireland is wearing a Gabriela Cadena dress, Casadei shoes, a Smythson clutch, and Graziela Gems jewelry. 15+ pictures inside of Ireland Baldwin, Chanel Iman, and others…
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The Czech Fashion Model Karolina Kurkova Seems to Be Everywhere
NYTimes - about 3 years
The Czech fashion model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karolina Kurkova is polishing her image as a celebrity.     
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Stars Show Us How To Embrace Messy Hair In This Week's Best & Worst Beauty (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We spend a lot of time oohing and ahing over the perfectly polished hairstyles celebs wear on the red carpet. But this week, we were left stunned by messy hair. Karolina Kurkova attended a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Pirelli Calendar sporting a wispy low ponytail, and Jennifer Lawrence rocked her new pixie haircut with a punkish edge. But not everyone was successful at making messy hair look effortless. (We're looking at you, Pixie Lott!) Check out these messy hairdos below (plus more statement-making beauty looks) and tell us what you think. BEST: Jennifer Lawrence You may not be feeling Lawrence's much-shorter strands, but she sure is having fun with it. The "Hunger Games" star nailed this '80s-inspired look with her boyish pixie, dark brows, smokey eye makeup and bright pink lipstick. BEST: Shay Mitchell THIS is why the "Pretty Little Liars" actress scored a hair contract with Pantene. Mitchell works her signature glossy waves with groomed brows, black ...
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A Conversation With Supermodel Karolina Kurkova
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Top model and television personality Karolina Kurkova talks about being real, Botox and bedtime stories. When I wake up... I drink my hot water with lemon. Before I go to bed... I read my son a bedtime story. A well-dressed man... exudes confidence, elegance and charm without being cocky. Women should always... look neat and clean. Men should never... wear square-toed shoes and white tennis socks with sandals. The best thing that's been said about me... is that I am nice and funny. The biggest misconception about me... that supermodels are not nice. If I weren't doing what I'm doing today... I would be an archaeologist. My legacy... that people will remember me as funny, real and passionate. A great idea... is when it gives you butterflies. Botox is... rat poison. My mother... is Mother Theresa meets Grace Kelly meets Elizabeth Taylor. The soundtrack of my life... something that's alive, upbeat and happy meets something that's mysterious and quiet and intense. The f ...
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Forget Clothes, This Week It's All About Incredible Accessories
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While it's easy to get hung up on clothes and forget about accessories, shoes, bags and hats are what make an outfit. This week, stars like Jennifer Garner and Rachel Zoe showed us the power of a splashy handbag, while Karolina Kurkova made a bold move in not one, but two cuffs. Check out our favorite accessories of the week and let us know which have been added to your wish list! Jennifer Garner's Prada purse Garner always keeps her clothes very simple and has fun in the accessories department. Purses, shoes and bags are a great place to try new trends, and this gingham handbag is making us jump for joy. Rachel Zoe's Givenchy clutch No need to buy a Halloween costume when you've got this scary clutch. Alessandra Ambrosio's hat Not only is Ambrosio's hat stylish, but it's also a practical way to keep the sun off her face while she's in the patch! Kate Bosworth's Burberry handbag We know heart motifs are a little cliché, but not when they're done in calfskin ...
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Wear It, Don't Bear It: Gun Iconography in Fashion
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The gun has gravely earned multiple connotations in our national psyche -- mass tragedy, personal loss, political polarization, socio-economic disparity and institutional failure chief among them. However, somehow "fashion statement" has wedged itself between otherwise reprehensible associations. Gun and weapon iconography are one of few symbols for which society has permitted itself a kind of cognitive dissonance in the interest of fashion and self-expression. The fetishization of guns in pop culture, and their association with power and pretension, appears in the 1980s with Andy Warhol's Guns and has gained momentum throughout the aughts. Rihanna proudly bears an ink pistol on her ribs (an emblem with deeply personal associations, to be sure) as well as vintage Chanel gun earrings. Madonna heralded a pistol-heel trend in 2008, and Karolina Kurkova donned an AK-47-patterned dress days after the Boston Bombings and its aftermath, which involved a shoot out. Should we be concerned ...
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Erin Heatherton & Scott Eastwood: Global Citizen Festival!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Erin Heatherton dons ripped jeans while posing backstage at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday (September 28) in New York City. The 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model was joined by supermodel Karolina Kurkova and Clint Eastwood‘s son Scott. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Erin Heatherton The day before, Erin was spotted spending time with Scott in SoHo. “It is thanks to my parents and the values they gave me that I could make the move to NYC at 17,” Karolina tweeted on the same day. In case you missed it, check out Scott going shirtless sexy for a feature in Town&Country magazine’s October 2013 issue.
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Photographer Nigel Barker: Picture Perfect On and Off Camera
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photographs of vibrant colors and scenes of children flash on my social media feed. It appears as a photo shoot is in session. Although these are not models, or at least not today and this is not an exotic scouted location... the carefully crafted scene has been captured by one of the world's most genuine photographers. The clarity in his children's eyes capture innocent moments filled with laughter. An hour long conversation with the oh-so handsome and incredibly charming Nigel Barker reveals layers of a man who views the world on a tweaked lens and captures moments by the milliseconds that last a lifetime. Some say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but in this 60 minutes interview beauty was not a visual to be seen yet an inspiring story to be heard. Barker, renowned fashion photographer became a household name by appearing on the Tyra Banks hit show America's Next Top Model. For 17 seasons he served as the most patient photographer/judge as models scrambled to reinvent th ...
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Stars Twerk, Fail at Twerking at Us Weekly Most Stylish New Yorkers Bash
US Magazine - over 3 years
Just ask the Oxford English Dictionary: 2013 is the year of Twerking! Dozens of celebrities flocked to Us Weekly's Most Stylish New Yorkers bash at Manhattan hotspot Harlow on Tuesday, Sept. 10 -- and in between chats about the Big Apple, style mishaps, fashion icons and more, stars gabbed with Us on the red carpet about the dance phenom that Miley Cyrus cemented into pop culture history. "Isn't that called the Beyonce?" celeb trainer (and Most Stylish honoree) Tracey Anderson quipped to Us reported Travis Cronin -- demonstrating a very skillful take on the basic twerking booty-pop move. PHOTOS: All the stars on the MSNY 2013 red carpet! Rapper and designer Eve, however, was also not all that impressed with the twerking craze. "Chicks have been shakin' their asses in the club for a long time," she sniffed. "Not that special!" PHOTOS: Miley's raciest outfits "I've been known to twerk," Revenge star Gabriel Mann admitted. "[But] I didn't even know I was twerking!" (Mann ...
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Meet Us Weekly's 2013 Most Stylish New Yorkers!
US Magazine - over 3 years
Big style in the Big Apple! Us Weekly is proud to announce its Most Stylish New Yorkers of 2013. The following fashionable stars will be celebrated at a party in their honor at NYC hotspot Harlow Tuesday, Sept. 10, during the city's Fashion Week festivities. Visit UsMagazine.com on Wednesday for all the photos, video and news from Us Weekly's annual bash! PHOTOS: All of the honorees! Alexa Ray Joel, singer-songwriter Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks' All-Star forward Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo PHOTOS: Best dressed TV hosts Brooke Shields, actress and best-selling author Christie Brinkley, supermodel Jason Ritter, actor, Fox's upcoming Us & Them Jenke-Ahmed Tailly, Beyonce's creative consultant PHOTOS: A-list style splurges Jenny McCarthy, cohost, ABC's The View Jonas Brothers, singers June Ambrose, celebrity stylist to Jay Z, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys Karolina Kurkova, supermodel PHOTOS: Supermodels then & now Luis D. Ort ...
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Bad News For Naomi Campbell...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Things aren't looking good for Naomi Campbell's "The Face." After a single season, Karolina Kurkova, one of the three hosts, is reportedly leaving the show. According to Page Six, the model has too many work commitments to sign on for another season of the Oxygen reality series. "She appreciates everything the show did for her. She had a great experience and wishes them well," a rep for Kurkova told Page Six. "The Face" premiered last February to relatively positive reviews -- with an all-star cast like Cambell, Kurkova, Coco Rocha and Nigel Barker, we had a good feeling the competition would deliver. Alas, it looks like Campbell will have to scramble for a third leggy host in time for the imminent second season filming. (Our vote is for newly-engaged model Behati Prinsloo, FWIW.) Hey, at least this rumored split seems more amicable than Campbell's last firing, when she terminated contestant Luo Zilin's participation in the competition after photos surfaced of Zilin g ...
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Here's Where Model Scouts Go To Spot New Talent In New York City
Business Insider - over 3 years
We’re pounding the pavement of Times Square in search of the world’s next top model…at McDonald’s. Who knew the fast food chain would also be a place where model scouts like Lanny Zenga from One Management regularly scout for fresh faces? It sounds counterproductive but Zenga explains that it’s these types of chain locations located in New York’s most touristy locations (Times Square, Herald Square) that a scout can find a foreign or midwestern beauty. Other prime locations: H&M in Herald Square, the Zara next to Bryant Park. “Seriously, if you want to be discovered as a model, just go to these places, it’s where model scouts go,” he quips. It’s summertime in the city and a prime time for scouts like Zenga to find fresh faces to add to their model boards. “In the winter you can’t really make out the body of a girl who’s bundled up,” he says. “In the summer girls really can’t hide their bodies and we get to see what they really look like.” Zenga has been working as a s ...
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Vicki Hogarth: The Return of the Supermodel
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The moment was impossible to stage. "Teach Me How to Dougie" blasted from the loudspeakers at an LA Clippers game. A (then unknown) model named Kate Upton showed off her best Cali Swag District dance moves while her friend captured it all on his iPhone. All it took was one tweet, and Upton's star was instantly born on computer screens around the world. In an era where Hollywood stars had supposedly stomped out the supermodel, a handful of girls have still risen to the ranks of superstars. Upton, along with her contemporaries Coco Rocha and Cara Delevingne, have become brands in a time when models are accustomed to the idea of being seen and not heard on runways, while actresses and pop stars do the talking in magazine cover stories and international ad campaigns. The original six supermodels -- Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, and Christy Turlington -- may have created the concept of the supermodel, but Upton, Rocha and ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Karolína Kurková
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 30
    On 12 November 2015, it was announced that Kurkova had given birth to her second son named Noah Lee Drury Kurka.
    More Details Hide Details 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". Kurková received the Atmosphere Magazine Award at the Madrid Planet Hollywood restaurant on 18 December 2003. Kurkova was named one of the world's "50 Most Beautiful People" by People Magazine in 2004, and remains the youngest model ever to win "Model of the Year" at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
    On 8 July 2015 Kurkova announced that she and her husband were expecting a second baby.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 28
    Karolina also received the GALA Spa Award in the category of "Beauty Idol", which was awarded by one of Germany's people magazines. In early 2013 Karolina released her own fragrance in cooperation with LR Health & Beauty Systems, an international operation company.
    More Details Hide Details The fragrance cooperation already earned Karolina a nomination at the 2013 Duftstar Awards in the category "Novelties – Lifestyle (Women)".
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Kurkova was listed by Forbes as one of the top-earning supermodels in the world. In 2012 she was honored as "Style Icon" at the Vienna Awards for Fashion and Lifestyle.
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  • 2009
    Age 24
    Kurková revealed that Drury had proposed to her while on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, and they were married before the birth of their son, Tobin Jack Drury Kurka, which occurred on 29 October 2009.
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    In July 2009, she announced she was expecting her first child with her fiancé, Archie Drury.
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    On 8 January 2009, FoxNews.com reported that Kurková suffered from hypothyroidism, which led to her unusual heavier physique and caused Kurková to be panned by fashion critics, when she walked the runway for Cía Marítima and Victoria's Secret in June 2008 and November 2008, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2012 at the Council of Fashion Designers of America forum on "A Well Balanced Life", Kurková spoke about her thyroid problems: I thought I was going crazy. I was having panic attacks every minute and I didn't know what was happening, because I've been a healthy person. I've exercised all my life. I've always eaten well and taken care of myself. Kurková also said she developed symptoms of premature menopause and gained. Robert McConnell, a thyroid specialist, pointed out that Kurková's case includes a spate of symptoms which "totality doesn't fit into one, neat little package".
  • 2008
    Age 23
    She appeared on the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards along with Dwight Yoakam in presenting the "Top Female Vocalist" award to Carrie Underwood.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2010, Karolína guest-starred on NBC's Chuck season 4 episode, "Chuck Versus the Suitcase". She played Sofia Stepanova, an enemy spy posing as a supermodel. Kurková appeared alongside German model Eva Padberg on the reality television show Das perfekte Model, a model casting-show similar to Germany's Next Top Model. The show aired in spring 2012 on German television broadcast VOX. The show was canceled due to low rating in summer 2012. Kurková made a guest appearance on television series 30 Rock in Season 6, Episode 9 titled "Leap Day" in February 2012. Kurková appeared as herself in an episode of Person of Interest, in a subplot where the character of Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) protects Kurková from Armenian gangsters. The subplot, which is interspersed throughout the episode, takes up less than two minutes of screen time and is played for comic relief. Karolina is also a supermodel coach on OXYGEN'S "The Face", alongside Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha.
  • 2007
    Age 22
    Kurková made her film debut alongside Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel, and Amber Valletta in Howard Himelstein's 2007 coming-of-age dramedy, My Sexiest Year.
    More Details Hide Details She played Courtney A. Kreiger / Cover Girl in the live action 2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra film. She was a guest judge on the fifteenth season of America's Next Top Model and fourth season of Germany's Next Top Model.
    In December 2007, she was featured in print ads for Dell.
    More Details Hide Details 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 has a smooth indentation in place of a navel due to surgery she had as an infant, and photographs are often altered by the addition of an image of a belly button to hide this. In November 2008, E! Entertainment Television voted her the world's sexiest woman, beating Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, and fellow Angels Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima. Kurková modeled for Bottega Veneta spring 2011 campaign in a classic Hitchcock style.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 20
    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 "Hearts On Fire" Fantasy Bra decked with almost 2,000 diamonds weighing with a centerpiece diamond brooch weighing.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 19
    Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the "Models of the Moment".
    More Details Hide Details Kurková has appeared on over 25 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.
  • 2002
    Age 17
    Kurková was named "Model of the Year" at the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, in part for her work ethic, having worked 23 weeks straight.
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    In the 2002 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, she wore the "Star of Victoria" Fantasy Bra, worth almost $10 million.
    More Details Hide Details Other runway credits of hers include Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Versace, and Vera Wang.
  • 2000
    Age 15
    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 fashion show webcast, though she was only 16 at the time.
    More Details Hide Details Prominent fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent signed Kurková to contracts, while print campaigns for Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, Donna Karan, Celine, Fendi, Elie Saab, Rag and Bone, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Mango, Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Versace, H&M, and others helped expose her even more.
  • 1999
    Age 14
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on February 28, 1984.
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