Joanna Krupa

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Joanna Krupa
Krupa in 2008
Warsaw, Poland
Occupation(s)Actress, model, activist
Years active1994–present
Romain Zago
(m. 2013; div. 2017)
Douglas Nunes
(m. 2018; sep. 2023)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
AgencyAvant Management

Joanna Krupa (Polish pronunciation: [jɔˈanːa ˈkrupa]) is a Polish-born American model and actress. She is known internationally as the host and head judge of Polish Top Model as well as for appearances on reality television shows Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami.

Early life[edit]

Krupa was born in Warsaw. She was raised Roman Catholic.[1] She has a younger sister, Marta, who is also a model.[2] Krupa moved to Chicago, Illinois[3] with her family at the age of five. She went to Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois, Mary Lyon Public School in Chicago, and Steinmetz High School, also in Chicago.[4] Later, the family settled in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

As a child, she trained in classical dance, and later became interested in modeling. As a 13-year-old, she was enrolled by her mother in a modeling school.[5]

Career in modeling[edit]

Under the pseudonym Regina Bartkowski, she appeared briefly in a 2002 pornographic movie Girls Gone Wild featuring Snoop Dogg.[6][7] She later underwent breast augmentation surgery and began working as a photomodel. She appeared on the covers of many magazines around the world and participated in photo shoots, published in magazines: Glamour (in October 2010, September 2015), Playboy (in the American edition in July 2005, and in the Polish edition in August 2005), CKM (May 2001, June 2006, August 2007, October 2008, December 2011), FHM (in the French edition in May 2013),[8] Most Fitness Magazine, GQ, Personal, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin Out, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Maxim (in the Belgian edition in 2004, in the German edition in 2008 and in the American edition in 2009), Grazia or Viva!.[9] She was one of two Polish women (alongside Sandra Kubicka) whose nudes were published by Treats! magazine. (2017). Being pregnant, she ended up on the cover of Wprost (August 26, 2019) and Viva! (September 5, 2019).[10]

In 2005-2007, she was ranked 78th, 61st and 66th, respectively, in the list of the 100 hottest women of Maxim magazine.[11] In 2007, she was among the 25 sexiest women in the world according to Playboy magazine. In July 2008, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of CKM magazine, she took third place in the list of the ten sexiest Polish women, created by readers. The German magazine Maxim chose her as "woman of the year 2004." With her sister Marta, she was "Miss Howard TV" December 2007 on Howard TV and The Howard Stern Show.

Career in media[edit]

Joanna Krupa on the runway, 2008

Since 2010, Krupa hosts and serves as the head judge on the Polish version of Top Model.[12][13][14][15] She was the host of the TVN show Misja pies (2017) and one episode of the Showmax talk show SNL Poland (2018).

She was a contestant on the ninth edition of ABC's entertainment program Dancing with the Stars (2009) and one episode of TVN's reality show Starsza pani musi fiknąć (2019), in which she starred with her mother, as well as a character on the reality show The Real Housewives of Miami (2012-2013).[16] She has been a frequent guest on the breakfast show Dzień dobry TVN. She was a guest on the talk-shows Kuba Wojewódzki (2011), Świat się kręci (2014) and Gwiazdy Cejrowskiego (2017), as well as the protagonist of a series of reports aired on the show Uwaga! (2011-2012).

Animal rights activism[edit]

On December 2, 2009, animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a print ad campaign for dog adoption featuring Krupa as an angel floating in a Catholic church filled with dogs and holding a crucifix covering her breasts and genitalia.[17][18][19][20] Krupa had previously appeared in a PETA ad campaign against the use of natural fur. In an April 2009 cover story with Aventura Business Monthly, Krupa said she was first motivated to promote PETA when she saw video of animals being skinned alive for their fur in China.[21] She posed covered in body paint for PETA in 2015, this time for its campaign to boycott SeaWorld.[22] She also founded an animal rescue group, Angels For Animal Rescue, with her friend Gabi Gutierrez.[23]

Personal life[edit]

After several years of dating, Krupa became engaged to nightclub owner and businessman Romain Zago in 2010.[24] They married on June 13, 2013, in Aviara, Carlsbad, California.[25] On July 10, 2017, she filed for divorce.[26][27] The divorce was finalized several weeks later on August 17.[28][29] On March 25, 2018, she announced her engagement to Douglas Nunes on Instagram. They married on August 4, 2018, in a private ceremony at the Benedictine Abbey in Kraków, Poland.[30][31] They welcomed daughter Asha-Leigh Nunes on November 2, 2019. In March 2023, Krupa announced that she and Nunes are separated.[32][33] According to People, Nunes filed for divorce on March 24 in a court in Los Angeles.[34]

Dancing with the Stars results[edit]

Krupa on the red carpet at the Miami International Film Festival in 2012
Week # Dance Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa "Meddle" 8 8 8 Safe
Foxtrot "The Best Is Yet to Come" Awarded 10 Points Added to Week 1 Score
2 Jive "What I Like About You" 6 7 * 7 Safe
3 Samba "La Bomba" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Lambada "Dançando Lambada" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango "Whatever Lola Wants" ** 8 8 8 Safe
6 Waltz "Be Here To Love Me" 8 9 9 Safe
Mambo "Ran Kan Kan" Awarded 10 Points Added to Week 6 Score
7 Rumba "The Look of Love" 9 9 9 Safe
Tango "You Give Love a Bad Name" 9 9 10 Added to Week 7 Score
8 Quickstep "Valerie" 8 7 8 Safe
Paso Doble "Living on Video" 9 10 10
9 Viennese Waltz "Hallelujah" 9 9 9 Eliminated
Cha-Cha-Cha "Can't Get You Out of My Head 9 9 9
Salsa "La Luz del Ritmo" 9 9 9

^* Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2, the 7 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.
^** Due to illness, Derek Hough was unable to perform; Joanna Krupa performed this dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.




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  34. ^ "Joanna Krupa ROZWODZI SIĘ z mężem! Douglas Nunes złożył pozew". March 27, 2023.

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