Sonya Kraus in Büdingen,
|Born||22 June 1973|
|Occupation||television presenter, former model|
Aged four, Kraus started ballet school which eventually led her to music school in Frankfurt. She ended her ballet career in 1987 when she grew too tall, reaching 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) at the time. In 1992, she finished her Abitur / university-entrance diploma and started working as a professional model until 1994.
Her brother died when she was six years old. Her father, a book publisher, hanged himself when she was 11. Her mother lost five children during pregnancies and Sonya became her mother's only surviving child.
In 1998, she became publicly known as part of the staff in the television show "Glücksrad" (the German equivalent of Wheel of Fortune) on Kabel 1, hosted by Frederic Meisner. Since 2000, she has hosted "Talk talk talk" on ProSieben, a summary of the highlights from talk shows all over the world. Throughout 2000, she co-hosted "Fort Boyard - Stars auf Schatzsuche" with Steven Gätjen and Alexander Mazza.
Other shows she has hosted with Mazza include "Desert Forges - Stars an ihren Grenzen" and "Clip Mix". She was very active in the Pro-Sieben campaign Red Nose Day.
Since 2003, she has presented the show Do it Yourself - S.O.S., remodeling rooms, houses and gardens all over Germany. In July 2004, she co-hosted with Elton "Die Alm" on ProSieben. Between January - February 2005, she and Elton hosted "Die Burg".
She has written 3 books:
- Baustelle Mann-Der ultimative Love-Guide (2007)
- Baustelle Body: Sonya's Secrets (2009)
- Wenn das Leben dir eine Zitrone gibt, frag nach Salz und Tequila: Die Sonya-Strategie für Lebensglück, Erfolg und jede Menge Spass (2011, not out yet)
In her shows, Kraus likes to play with her image as a silly blonde but having achieved a straight-A in her Abitur [final exams], along with more eloquent appearances in talk shows and interviews proves this image to be an act for the benefit of mild entertainment. Kraus also presents some of her shows barefoot.
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