Joanna Krupa

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Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa Benchwarmer 2008.jpg
Krupa hosting the Benchwarmer Holiday Party, Hollywood, CA, 9 December 2008
Born (1979-04-23) 23 April 1979 (age 37)
Warsaw, Poland
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Romain Zago (m. 2013)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Manager Avant Management

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

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]


Krupa has appeared on magazine covers including Envy, FHM, Personal, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin' Out, Teeze, 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. 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 and did well in their comeback episode. Having taken ballet lessons as a child,[6] she competed in Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars[7][8] with one-time champion Derek Hough. They were eliminated on 17 November 2009.[9]

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 thought she did a poor job,[10] but some critics commented positively on her appearance in the film.[11]

She sang a version of The Spinners' "I'll Be Around" as part of a duo with Manon; it was released 19 November 2009.[12]

On 2 December 2009, animal rights organization PETA released a controversial print ad campaign for dog adoption featuring a nude Krupa, depicting her as angel floating in a Catholic church filled with dogs, and holding a cross covering her breasts and genitalia.[13][14][15][16] Krupa had previously appeared in a PETA ad campaign against 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.[17] She posed nude again for PETA in 2015, this time for their campaign to boycott SeaWorld.[18]

Since autumn 2010, Krupa has hosted and served as the head judge on the Polish version of Top Model.[19][20][21][22] In 2012, Krupa was announced as one of the new cast members on The Real Housewives of Miami, which premiered on 13 September.[23] Her sister, Marta, also appears on the show.[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]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Krupa was partnered with professional dancer and choreographer Derek Hough. She was voted off in the ninth week, finishing in 4th place.

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.




  1. ^ "'Real Housewives of Miami' Star Joanna Krupa Says Husband Romain Is 'Proud' of Jordan River Baptism; Model Tells Critics: 'I Don't Pretend to Be Perfect'". Christian Post. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Joanna and Marta Krupa". 
  3. ^ "Joanna Krupa looks effortlessly glam in floral maxi as she shops in LA". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  4. ^ "New Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa turns heads in two-tone dress". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  5. ^ "2011 Hot 100 on Maxim Girls". Retrieved 19 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "Dancing's Joanna Krupa: "People Will See the Real Me" - All Things Dancing with the Stars". 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!". Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Model Joanna Krupa Eliminated". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Leeder, Mike (14 February 2014). "Albert Pyun: Max Havoc Declassified". Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey M. "Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)". Combustible Celluloid. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dauman Music Is Dancing With The Stars". 
  13. ^ Barrett, Annie (29 October 2009). "Joanna Krupa and PETA vs. the Catholic League: How are you offended?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Stokes, Jamie (8 January 2010). "Perspectives on Poland: Crosses to bare". Krakow Post. The Sofia Echo. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "PETA Defends Playboy Model in Angel Pose Ad - Washington Whispers". 24 December 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Kinon, Cristina (2 December 2009). "Catholic League slams PETA ad featuring Joanna Krupa holding crucifix over nude body". Daily News. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Joanna Krupa Does Cover Story Q&A with Aventura Business Monthly". Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  18. ^ Derrick Bryson Taylor, "Joanna Krupa Poses Nude To Save Orcas," New York Post, 30 July 2015
  19. ^ "Joanna Krupa w Top Model Zostań Modelką". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ruszył "Top Model"!". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Ruszyły castingi do II edycji Top Model! Oto szczegóły!". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nowy skład jury "Top Model" po raz pierwszy razem. Galeria!". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Joanna Krupa Bio". 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Krupy "pokłóciły się na planie"". Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  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. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 9 (Fall 2009 with Derek Hough)
Succeeded by
Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke