Joanna Krupa

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Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa Benchwarmer 2008.jpg
Krupa hosting the Benchwarmer Holiday Party, Hollywood, CA, December 9, 2008
Born (1979-04-23) April 23, 1979 (age 36)
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/Green
Manager Elite Model Management

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

Early life[edit]

Krupa was born in Warsaw, Poland and was raised Roman Catholic. She has a younger sister, Marta, also a model.[1] Joanna moved to Illinois, United States, with her family at the age of five.[citation needed]


Krupa appeared as Jane Goody in the action film Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon. Its director said that he did not want Krupa in the film and thought she did a poor job.[2]

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.[3] 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.

Krupa, who took ballet lessons as a child,[4] competed in Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars[5][6] with one-time champion Derek Hough. They were eliminated on November 17, 2009.[7]

She sang a version of The Spinners' "I'll Be Around" as part of a duo with Manon; it was released November 19, 2009.[8]

On December 2, 2009, PETA released a controversial ad of the model,[9][10][11] which shows Krupa posing nude holding a cross that covers her breasts and genitalia. Krupa is depicted as an angel floating in a Catholic church filled with young puppies. The message of the ad is to "be an angel for animals, always adopt dogs, never buy".[12][13] Krupa had appeared nude in three previous ads for PETA, all speaking out against wearing fur.[13][14][15] 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 in China for their fur.[16] She posed nude again for PETA in 2015, this time for their campaign to boycott SeaWorld.[17]

Since autumn 2010, Krupa has hosted and served as the head judge on Poland's Next Top Model.[18][19][20][21] In 2012, Krupa was announced as one of the new cast members on The Real Housewives of Miami, which premiered on September 13.[22] Her sister, Marta, also appears on the show.[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, with the wedding costing approximately $1 million.[25]

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
1 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
6 Mambo /"Ran Kan Kan" Awarded 10 Points Added to Week 6 Score
7 Rumba/"The Look of Love" 9 9 9 Safe
7 Tango/"You Give Love a Bad Name" 9 9 10 Added to Week 7 Score
8 Quickstep/"Valerie"
Paso Doble/"Living on Video"
9 Viennese Waltz/"Hallelujah"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Can't Get You Out Of My Head"
Salsa/"La Luz del Ritmo"

^* 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. ^ "Joanna and Marta Krupa". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "2011 Hot 100 on Maxim Girls". Retrieved March 19, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dancing's Joanna Krupa: "People Will See the Real Me" - All Things Dancing with the Stars". August 27, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". 
  6. ^ Eng, Joyce (August 17, 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Model Joanna Krupa Eliminated". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved November 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Dauman Music Is Dancing With The Stars". 
  9. ^ Barrett, Annie (October 29, 2009). "Joanna Krupa and PETA vs. the Catholic League: How are you offended?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Stokes, Jamie (January 8, 2010). "Perspectives on Poland: Crosses to bare". Krakow Post. The Sofia Echo. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "PETA Defends Playboy Model in Angel Pose Ad - Washington Whispers". December 24, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ Kinon, Cristina (December 2, 2009). "Catholic League slams PETA ad featuring Joanna Krupa holding crucifix over nude body". Daily News. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Joanna Krupa Is an 'Angel for Animals'". Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Joanna Krupa's Naked Crucifix PETA Ad Photo (NSFW Picture)". March 17, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Critics Blast PETA Ad Showing Nude Joanna Krupa Holding Crucifix". Fox News. December 1, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Joanna Krupa Does Cover Story Q&A with Aventura Business Monthly". Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ Derrick Bryson Taylor, "Joanna Krupa Poses Nude To Save Orcas," New York Post, 30 July 2015
  18. ^ "Joanna Krupa w Top Model Zostań Modelką". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  19. ^ "Ruszył "Top Model"!". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  20. ^ "Ruszyły castingi do II edycji Top Model! Oto szczegóły!". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  21. ^ "Nowy skład jury "Top Model" po raz pierwszy razem. Galeria!". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  22. ^ "Joanna Krupa Bio". 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Krupy "pokłóciły się na planie"". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  24. ^ "Model Joanna Krupa Is Engaged!". Us Weekly. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  25. ^ Johnson, Zach (2013-06-13). "Joanna Krupa Marries Romain Zago in $1 Million "Princess Wedding"". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

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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