Petra Němcová

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Petra Němcová
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Němcová in 2012
Born Petra Němcová
(1979-06-24) 24 June 1979 (age 35)
Karviná, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)[1]
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 117 lb/53 kg
Hair color Brown[1]
Eye color Hazel[1]
Measurements 33B–24–34 (US)
84–61–86.5 (EU)[1]
Manager ONE Model Management (New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris, Milan); Unique One, Mikas, View Management

Petra Němcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈɲɛmt͡sovaː]; born 24 June 1979) is a Czech model, television host, and philanthropist. Němcová founded and chairs the Happy Hearts Fund.

Early life[edit]

Petra Němcová was born 24 June 1979, in Karviná, then Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. She grew up in Karviná in the Moravian–Silesian Region with her sister Olga.

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Scouted on the streets of Prague by NEXT Model Management, upon signing she moved to Milan, Italy. After winning the 1995 Czech Elite Model Look, she returned to Milan where her career flourished.

She has featured in campaigns for: Benetton, Bulgari, Cartier, Clarins, Cortefiel, Dirk Bikkembergs, Fortunoff, Graff, Hewlett Packard/Intel, HS, Intimissimi, John Lewis, Lancaster, La Perla, La Senza, Maidenform, Max Factor, Pantene Pro-V, Passport, Playtex, Rampage, Schwarzkopf, Victoria's Secret, and Wild Orchid.[2] Additionally, she has appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro, Elle, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Flare, Vegas, Glamour, FHM, and Sports Illustrated.[2]

From 2000 to 2004, she worked for designers Lolita Lempicka, Gai Mattiolo Erreuno, Matthew Williamson, Custo Barceloa, Blunauta, Dirk Bikkembergs, Gugliemo Cappone, Luciano soprani, Marina Babini, Yumi Katsura, Akadius, and Michino Koshino.[2]

Němcová gained attention outside the fashion industry after featuring on the cover of the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, from a shoot in Barbados by Walter Iooss. She also appeared in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions.[1] She was the object/subject of Joanne Gair's body painting work.[3]

Petra is currently[when?] signed to Mikas, View Management, Unique One, and "Next Model Management".

Television[edit]

In 2001, Němcová appeared on British television series Absolutely Fabulous.[4] On 3 June 2004, she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador. In 2007, she was the host of TLC's A Model Life. On 7 July 2007 she was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth.[1]

She was a losing contestant on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars and her professional dance partner was Dmitry Chaplin.[5][6]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2005, Němcová released her autobiography Love Always, Petra (ISBN 0446579130).

In 2008, Němcová partnered with New York agency Aglow Properties to sell two apartments.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Němcová is multilingual and speaks Czech, Slovak, Polish, English, French and Italian. She was briefly engaged to English actor Jamie Belman[8][9] In May 2013 Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe stateed that he and Němcová are in a relationship.[10]

2004 tsunami[edit]

Němcová was at Khao Lak, Thailand with her main photographer and then-fiancé, Simon Atlee when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck.[citation needed] Atlee drowned and Němcová suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries, but she managed to hold onto a palm tree, for eight hours, until she was rescued by Thai civilians and airlifted to an inland hospital nearby.[11]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2005, Němcová created the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), a charitable organization and campaign formed after the Tsunami of 2004.[12]

On 12 November 2007 Němcová visited Haiti with Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean. The visit included theopening of of a computer lab and an eatery in the slums of Port-au-Prince, funded and sponsored by Jean's Yéle Haïti Foundation and Němcová's Happy Hearts Fund.[citation needed]

On 15 December 2009, Němcová and HHF Executive Director Phillip Caputo launched the "Bring Happiness Back!" campaign at the United Nations to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami. That same day, Němcová and Caputo also participated in the closing bell ceremonies at NASDAQ where the "Bring Happiness Back!" Campaign was also highlighted.[13]

In June 2012, she was designated by president of Haiti, Michel Martelly and Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe as Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti for her work with Happy Hearts Fund.[14]

Glamour magazine awarded Němcová a "Survivor Award" in 2005 for her charity work following her tsunami ordeal.

Němcová is a supporter of the NY- and DC-based nonprofit Only Make Believe. Only Make Believe is a 501(c)(3) organization that creates and performs interactive plays in children's hospitals and care facilities. In 2012, Němcová acted as the face of Only Make Believe in lighting the Empire State Building and received the James Hammerstein Award, for her outstanding dedication to children in need, at the 2012 "Make Believe on Broadway" Gala. She also acted as the Celebrity Ambassador for Only Make Believe at Bloomberg Tradebook's 2nd Annual Charity Day.[citation needed]

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