Thursday, May 28, 2009

Petra Němcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɲɛmtsovaː])

Born on 24 June 1979 in Karviná, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic
Petra Němcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɲɛmtsovaː]) is a model, television host, author, and philanthropist. She is also the founder and president of Happy Hearts Fund. In December 2004, she was injured in Thailand by a tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake; her then-fiancé, photographer Simon Atlee, was killed in the tsunami.

"Mamma Mia," said every man in Milan that crossed Petra Nemcova's path.
While Petra's long legs and luscious
lips give you the urge to grab her and kiss her until Armageddon, her charm and smile strike another arrow in your already tortured hearts. Is it even legal to let women as sexy as her wander the streets?

Petra Nemcova ranked No. 41in's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008 (as well as making the list in 2005, 2006 and 2007).

DISCOVERED: Petra was a 16-year-old student in Karvina, a coal mining town near the Beskydy Mountains, when she began modeling in Prague.

She was featured on the cover of the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue but appeared also in the editions of 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She has also modeled for Victoria's Secret, and for many other companies in the women's clothing market. In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair's body painting work. On 3 June 2004, she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador.Petra speaks czech, slobvak, polish, english and, she saids "bad french" and "body language".

The 2004 tsunami

During the Indian Ocean earthquake of 26 December 2004, Němcová was at the Khao Lak resort in Thailand with her main photographer and fiancé, Simon Atlee when the tsunami struck where they were staying. Initially, Atlee was presumed missing, but his body was found and identified on 3 March 2005, on the shores of Sumatra (near the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the Tsunami).

Atlee drowned, and Němcová suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries, but she managed to hold onto the top of a palm tree, reportedly for eight hours, until she was rescued by Thai civilians and airlifted to an inland hospital nearby. Petra spent three weeks in a Thai hospital, and then flew home to the Czech Republic, where she spent an additional three weeks in the hospital. Atlee's body was not found until over two months after the tsunami. Němcová's first interview after her near-death experience was with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Live, on 9 March 2005. She has also spoken of her experiences on the Larry King Live program on CNN.

Happy Hearts Fund

In 2005, Němcová started The Happy Hearts Fund, a charitable organization and campaign formed after her survival and recovery from the Tsunami of 2004. It aims to advocate and provide for disadvantaged youngsters who have had to endure hardship and who are not receiving the essential and sustainable help they need for healthy childhood development. It actively partners with charities, donors and foundations committed to providing immediate, tangible assistance for children.

In 2008 she visited Peru to help support the victims of the 2007 Peru earthquake

She arrived at the Un Conte De Noel Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 16 , 2008 in Cannes, France.

Glamour magazine awarded Němcová a "Survivor Award" in 2005 for the way she picked up her life following her tsunami ordeal; her comeback being complete with her appearance in the 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She also appeared in the 2007 British FHM calendar as Miss May. She is now the host of TLC's A Model Life.

She wrote Love Always, Petra (ISBN 0446579130) published December 2005, which tells of her early life under Communist rule in Czechoslovakia, her entrance into the field of fashion and modeling, and her breakthrough into Sports Illustrated, which was her springboard to becoming a supermodel. She also tells of her life with Simon Atlee and how they fell in love and became engaged to marry.

Nemcova has also moved on romantically, briefly dating British singer James Blunt in 2006.

On 7 July 2007 she was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth and appeared in the music video 'Misfit' by American indie group Elefant. She is currently working with HP computers to produce a multi-million dollar TV and web campaign.

In July 2007, Němcová became a vegan after learning about the planet's rapidly depleting fish stocks. The Czech Republic-born model gave up meat and dairy in February of that year.

Also in July 2007, Němcová partnered with New York City power broker Ron Schnackenberg to form a luxury boutique real estate firm Aglow Properties, which specializes in representing high net-worth/high profile clients in a very discreet manor. Aglow Properties has been linked with several high priced New York City apartment transactions.

On 12 November 2007 Nemcova visited Haiti alongside Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean as part of a charity-sponsored event. The inauguration of a computer lab and an eatery in the slums of Port-au-Prince were funded and sponsored by Jean's Yéle Haïti foundation and Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund.

Němcová is signed to Chic Management in Sydney, Australia. Recently she traveled in Mykonos island to attend a party in honor of De Grisogono jewels and she also did a fashion shooting for the Greek edition of Hello! magazine. Nemcova is also signed to Next Models Management.


"I love to dance. I can dance for, like, four or five hours nonstop without even drinking water. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing."

“There are lots of things which I would love to tell him, but in some way, I also feel that I lost the person closest to me. And I got a second chance to live. So in a way I feel that I live for both of us... and I will do my best.”

"Learn from the past, look to the future, but live in the present. "

"My secret passion is motorbikes. I want a Kawasaki Ninja."

"I think all women want to feel sexy and confident yet comfortable at the same time in what they wear. "

"I can't find Simon," the 25-year-old Nemcova told the Daily News. "It was horrible. I'm very lucky, but I can't find Simon."

"I was so broken, I couldn't walk," Nemcova told the newspaper. "There were so many people with horrible injuries, with blood everywhere. It was like a war movie.

"There might be pieces of bone stuck to my organs."

“It was so powerful I couldn't get up. I couldn't get out of it,”

“People and kids were screaming all over the place, 'Help, help.' And after a few minutes, you didn't hear the kids anymore.”

"Some people, from the same injuries it takes them two years. And I've healed in a little bit over three months. I was in Palm Springs and I was just thinking, what is the purpose in this, what is the meaning? It was really difficult."

- Petra Nemcova

Magazine Covers:
Canada: 'Flare' - August 2007
France: 'Biba' - December 2000; 'Madame Figaro' #818
Germany: 'Shape' - March 2004; 'GQ' - May 2004; 'Glamour' - June 2008
Italy: 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition' - May 2003; 'Cosmopolitan' - November 2004; 'GQ' - January 2005
Mexico: 'Harper's Bazaar' - October 2003; 'Cosmopolitan' - October 2004;
Russia: 'Elle' - March 2009
Spain: 'Marie Claire' - August 2002; 'Cosmopolitan' - November 2003 & February 2004; 'Man' - January 2005; 'Elle' - June & November 2007; 'Cosmopolitan' - January 2008
UK: 'GQ' - August 2004
US: 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition' - 2003; 'Ocean Drive' - Summer 2003

Fashion Shows:

Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2000 {Lolita Lempicka, Matthew Williamson}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2001 {Gai Mattiolo, Lolita Lempicka}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2001 {Custo Barcelona, Lolita Lempicka}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2002 {Blunauta, Dirk Bikkembergs, Gugliemo Cappone, Luciano Soprani, Marina Babini}
Haute Couture - Autumn/Winter 2003 {Yumi Katsuma}
Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2004 {Akadius, Dirk Bikkenbergs, Michino Koshino}



1. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) (TV) .... Beaker's Girlfriend
2. Absolument fabuleux (2001) .... Les mannequins
... aka Absolutely Fabulous (International: English title)


1. Love Evolution (2009) (pre-production) (executive producer)

Miscellaneous Crew:

1. Love Evolution (2009) (pre-production) (production executive)


1. Love Evolution (2009) (pre-production) .... Herself
2. One x One Gala (2007) (TV) .... Herself
3. "A Model Life" .... Herself - Host (8 episodes, 2007)
... aka "A Model Life with Petra Nemcova" (USA: subtitle)
- Model Ambitions (2007) TV episode .... Herself - Host
- Model Instruction (2007) TV episode .... Herself - Host
- Model Effort (2007) TV episode .... Herself - Host
- Model Motivation (2007) TV episode .... Herself - Host
- Model Behavior (2007) TV episode .... Herself - Host
(3 more)
4. "Last Call with Carson Daly" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 20 July 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
5. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 17 July 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
6. "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
... aka "Live with Regis & Kelly" (USA: new title)
... aka "Live with Regis" (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 4 July 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
7. MTV Video Music Awards 2006 (2006) (TV) .... Herself
8. "Howard Stern on Demand" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
... aka "Howard TV on Demand" (USA)
- Howard's Press Tour (2006) TV episode .... Herself
9. "The Tyra Banks Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- All Access Pass with LL Cool J (2006) TV episode .... Herself
10. Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit 2006 (2006) (TV) .... Herself
11. "The Tony Danza Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #2.65 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
12. "Primetime Live" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
... aka "ABC Primetime" (USA: informal short title)
... aka "Primetime Wednesday" (USA: new title)
... aka "Primetime" (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 9 March 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
13. "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" .... Herself (4 episodes, 2002-2004)
... aka "The Late Late Show" (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 27 August 2004 (2004) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 27 March 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 20 February 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 5 April 2002 (2002) TV episode .... Herself
14. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (Australia)
- Episode dated 26 December 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
15. Tribeca Film Festival Presents (2003) (TV) .... Herself
16. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- Episode dated 19 February 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself

First Name: Petra
Last Name: Nemcova
Nationality: Czech
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Date of Birth: June 24, 1979
Place of Birth: Karvina, Czech Republic
Height: 5'10" ; 178cm
Measurements: (US) 33-24-34 ; (EU) 84-61-86.5
Dress Size: (US) 4 ; (EU) 34
Shoe Size: (US) 8 ; (EU) 39
Hobbies: dancing, scuba diving
Official Website
Mother agency: unknown

* Next Model Management - Paris
* Why Not Model Agency
* View Management - Spain
* Next Model Management - New York
* Next Model Management - Milan

Bulgari Sunglasses,
Dirk Bikkembergs,
HP Intel Personal Computer,
John Lewis,
La Perla,
La Senza,
Max Factor,
Pantene Pro-V,
Sports Illustrated,
Victoria's Secret,
Wild Orchid,

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