Joanna Krupa

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Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa Benchwarmer 2008.jpg
Krupa hosting the Benchwarmer Holiday Party in Hollywood, California on 9 December 2008
Born (1979-04-23) 23 April 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1994–present
Romain Zago
(m. 2013; div. 2017)
Douglas Nunes (m. 2018)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
AgencyAvant Management

Joanna Krupa (Polish pronunciation: [jɔˈanːa ˈkrupa]; born 23 April 1979) is a Polish American model, actress and animal rights activist. She is mostly known for her appearances on the reality television shows Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami and as the host and head judge of Top Model.

Early life[edit]

Krupa was born in Warsaw, Poland on 23 April 1979. She was raised Roman Catholic.[1] She has a younger sister, Marta, who is also a model.[2] Krupa moved to Illinois with her family at the age of five.[3][4] In Chicago, she attended Mary Lyon Public School, followed by Steinmetz High School.


Joanna Krupa on the runway

Krupa has appeared on magazine covers including FHM, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin' Out, Shape and Maxim, in which she was named the Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World. Maxim named her #55 in its 2011 Hot 100 ranking of the world's hottest women.[5] She was voted German Maxim's Model of the Year 2004–2005. Krupa has also appeared twice on the cover of Playboy and graced the covers of South African GQ and the Polish editions of Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Glamour and Grazia. Krupa has also been a lingerie model for Frederick's of Hollywood. She was a Miss Howard TV model for the month of December 2007.

Krupa was featured on the television show Superstars in June 2009. She and her partner Terrell Owens were eliminated on the first episode. However, because of another team's injury and disqualification, she and her partner were asked to step in and continue competing. Having taken ballet lessons as a child,[6] Krupa, along with one-time champion Derek Hough, competed in Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.[7][8] They were eliminated on 17 November 2009.[9]

In 2003, Krupa had a part in a fetish video titled "No Shoes, No Mercy" where she appears as a nurse, and she and another nurse take turns tickling each other while tied up.

In 2004, she starred as Jane Goody in the action film Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon. Its director Albert Pyun said that he did not want Krupa in the film and she was cast only because she was the client of a friend of producer John Laing.[10] Some critics commented positively on her appearance in the film, although still finding her "stiff."[11]

Since autumn 2010, Krupa has hosted and served as the head judge on the Polish version of Top Model.[12][13][14][15] In 2012, Krupa was announced as one of the new cast members on The Real Housewives of Miami, which premiered on 13 September.[16] Her sister, Marta, also appears on the show.[17]

Animal rights activism[edit]

On 2 December 2009, animal rights organization 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 cross covering her breasts and genitalia.[18][19][20][21] 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.[22] She posed covered in body paint for PETA in 2015, this time for their campaign to boycott SeaWorld.[23] She also founded an animal rescue group, Angels For Animal Rescue, with her friend Gabi Gutierrez.[24]

Personal life[edit]

After several years of dating, Krupa became engaged to nightclub owner and businessman Romain Zago in 2010.[25] They married on 13 June 2013 in Aviara, Carlsbad, California.[26] On 10 July 2017, she filed for divorce.[27][28] The divorce was finalized on 17 August 2017.[29][30] On March 25, 2018, she announced her engagement to Douglas Nunes on Instagram. They married on 4 August 2018 in a private ceremony at the Benedictine Abbey in Kraków, Poland.[31][32]

Dancing with the Stars results[edit]

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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  3. ^ "Joanna Krupa looks effortlessly glam in floral maxi as she shops in LA". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
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  5. ^ "2011 Hot 100 on Maxim Girls". Archived from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2007.
  6. ^ "Dancing's Joanna Krupa: "People Will See the Real Me" – All Things Dancing with the Stars". TV Guide. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast".
  8. ^ Eng, Joyce (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
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  13. ^ "Ruszył "Top Model"!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Ruszyły castingi do II edycji Top Model! Oto szczegóły!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Nowy skład jury "Top Model" po raz pierwszy razem. Galeria!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
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  19. ^ Stokes, Jamie (8 January 2010). "Perspectives on Poland: Crosses to bare". Krakow Post. The Sofia Echo. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  20. ^ "PETA Defends Playboy Model in Angel Pose Ad – Washington Whispers". 24 December 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  21. ^ Kinon, Cristina (2 December 2009). "Catholic League slams PETA ad featuring Joanna Krupa holding crucifix over nude body". Daily News. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  22. ^ "Joanna Krupa Does Cover Story Q&A with Aventura Business Monthly". 22 March 2011. Archived from the original on 4 September 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  23. ^ Derrick Bryson Taylor, "Joanna Krupa Poses Nude To Save Orcas," New York Post, 30 July 2015
  24. ^ "Joanna Krupa: Why She's Happy 'Real Housewives' Is In The Past And Her Life As A Devoted Animal Activist". 4 November 2015.
  25. ^ "Model Joanna Krupa Is Engaged!". Us Weekly. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  26. ^ Johnson, Zach (13 June 2013). "Joanna Krupa Marries Romain Zago in $1 Million "Princess Wedding"". Us Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  27. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (10 July 2017). "Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago File for Divorce". E!. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  28. ^ Stone, Natalie (10 July 2017). "RHOMiami Alum Joanna Krupa Calls 4-Year Marriage to Romain Zago 'Irretrievably Broken' in Divorce Filing". People. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  29. ^ Heller, Corinne (17 August 2017). "Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago Finalize Divorce". E!. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  30. ^ Stone, Natalie (17 August 2017). "RHOMiami Alum Joanna Krupa & Romain Zago Finalize Divorce". People. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  31. ^ "Joanna Krupa on Instagram: "We did it ! @nunes451... dress @sylwiaromaniukcouture @ewa_pieczarka @malgorzata_urbanska_mua @justyna_bulinska #krakow #tyniec it was a…"". Instagram. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  32. ^ "'Real Housewives' Star Joanna Krupa Marries Douglas Nunes". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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