Karolina Kurkova is a Czech model who signed with a New York agency in 1999. Not long after that, Miuccia Prada fell in love with Karolina Kurkova’s fresh face and signed her as an exclusive for Prada and Miu Miu.
She then followed this with runway shows for Valentino and Vera Wang and also landed roles for Louis Vuitton and YSL ad campaigns. She was also one of the youngest models to land a Vogue cover. She then got editorials in W, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar Vogue Paris and Italia. She also got her wings with Victoria’s Secret.
Karolina Kurkova has also been part of charity works.
Karolina Kurkova has signed with Stockholmsgruppen Stockholm, Storm Model Management London, d’management group Milan, ZZO Paris and One Management New York.
Victoria’s Secret in 2000 chose Karolina Kurkova to be part of their fashion show webcast even though she was only 16. She signed contracts with fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent.
She also did ad campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel, John Galliano, Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, H&M and Versace.
In the 2002 Victoria’s Secret fashion show, Karolina Kurkova wore the Star of Victoria fantasy bra that is worth about $10 million. She has walked for Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Stella McCartney and Vera Wang.
In 2002, Karolina Kurkova was named as Model of the Year by VH1/vogue Fashion awards because she has worked for 23 weeks straight.
In 2004, she was on the cover of American Vogue that was photographed by Steven Meisel for Models of the Moment.
Karolina Kurkova has appeared on over 25 Vogue magazine covers internationally as well appearing in international issues of Vanity Fair, The Face and Elle.
In 2005, she was contracted as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and featured in the 2006 fashion show for Victoria’s Secret where she wore the $6.5 million fantasy bra named Hearts on Fire that had almost 2000 diamonds. She also received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
In 2008, she was voted the sexiest woman by E! Entertainment television.
Not only is Karolina Kurkova landing modeling contacts everywhere she has also appeared in film. In 2009, she played Courtney A. Kreiger/ Cover Girl in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. She was also a judge on the 15th season of America’s Next Top Model and on the 4th season of Germany Next Top Model.
She is also a supermodel coach on OXYGENS The Face with Coco Rocha and Naomi Campbell. Karolina Kurkova is still working and is constantly appearing on and off the runway.
In 2015, she walked for Marchesa, was on the cover for Elle Italia and Czech Republic and was in ad campaigns for Giuseppe Zanotti and Nic + Zoe.