Karolína Kurková (February 28, 1984) is a Czech supermodel whose may not be a household name in the United States, but is recognized around the world as one of the top beauties. She was a Victoria's Secret model for many years, and since has branched out into acting and other pursuits.
Karolina is from Děčín, Usti Nad Labem, Czechoslovakia. She was a tall girl, and a friend sent some pictures in to a modelling agency. She quickly began walking the runway, and before long she was in Milan and Paris.
Kurkova soon moved to New York City, arriving there in about 2000. A key step in her recognition was a September 1999 Vogue cover, followed by one in February 2001. Victoria's Secret had her walk in its show during 2000, beginning a long association with the brand. She walked in the 2005-2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows.
Being chosen as a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2005 was a high point in Karolina's career, which led to her wearing the "Fantasy Bra" during the 2006 show. She remained a top Angel for several years, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. People Magazine included her in its list of 100 most beautiful people in 2008, and E! viewers voted her the world's sexiest woman. It doesn't get much better than that for a supermodel.
Karolina Kurkova has too many covers to list. In addition to the Vogue covers mentioned above, some of her other covers include:
US: 'Photo' - November 2001; 'W' - June 2001; 'Vogue' - September 2004; 'Vanity Fair' - April 2005; 'Esquire' - February 2008
UK: 'Vogue' - May 2001; 'Nova' - June 2001; 'Elle' - February 2008; 'GQ' - September 2008; 'Elle' - November 2008; 'The Sunday Times Style' - August 11 2013
Czech Republic: 'Harper's Bazaar' - December 2001; 'Harper's Bazaar' - July 2002; 'Harper's Bazaar' - August & March 2003; 'Elle' - April 2004; 'Harper's Bazaar' - August 2005; 'One' - March 2011; 'Elle' - March 2013
France: 'Vogue' - March & August 2001; 'Numero' - June 2001; 'Vogue' - September 2002; 'Elle' - August 2005; 'Femme en Ville' - June 2005; 'Elle' - July 30, 2007; 'Elle' - August 27 2010; 'Elle' - December 09 2011
Some health problems have intruded on Karolina's career. She reportedly has hypothyroidism, with related premature menopause. She gained weight at the height of her career as a result which led to some negative reviews. She also has some people wondering what is going on with her bellybutton, which has an unusual shape.
|Karolina with actor Gerard Butler|
Karolina has branched out into acting. She is probably best known for being the Cover Girl in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" (2009). She also has appeared on various iterations of the global "Next Top Model" series, and has made numerous television appearances. She makes regular appearances on "The Face," and also has appeared on shows like "30 Rock." Her nicknames include KK, Koka Kola or simply Kinka, and she lives in downtown New York City with her husband, Archie Drury, and they have a son with another child on the way as of August 2015.