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The famous model turned actress is renowned for her charitable organization which helps children affected by natural disasters

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BirthdayJune 24, 1979
NationalityCzech
FamousMillionaires, Fashion, Models, Actresses
SiblingsOlga Němcová
Known asPetra Nemcova, Czech Chick
Universities
  • London Business School
Birth PlaceKarviná
Height179cm
GenderFemale
FatherOldřich Němec
MotherBožena Němcová
Net Worth$9 million
Sun SignCancer
Born inKarviná
Famous asModel

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Who is Petra Nemcova?

Petra Nemcova is a Czech actress who was discovered at a young age in her home country by a model scout. Although she was hesitant to break into the business at first, she won a modeling competition at age 16, signed with an agency, and moved to Milan to start her career. She was featured in magazines, advertisements, and movies before experiencing her big break as the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’. After this, her modeling career took off. She was featured as a host and judge on modeling shows and competition and competed in one season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Perhaps her most important work followed in the wake of a tragedy she experience in Thailand. While she was on vacation with her fiancé, an enormous tsunami hit, injuring her and killing many others. She was inspired by this tragedy to found ‘Happy Hearts Foundation’ to bring hope to children affected by these disasters. She has also spent her time with various other foundations and has won many awards for the dedication of her time. She has also written and published an autobiography called ‘Love Always, Petra’, in which she talks about growing up in a Soviet dominated Czechoslovakia.

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Childhood & Early Life

Petra is one of two children and was very close to her sister Olga growing up. She was discovered as a young teenager when she was walking in Prague by ‘NEXT Model Management’. She moved to Milan, Italy immediately after signing.

Career

Feeling overwhelmed by the glamour industry at such a young age, she moved home to the Czech Republic after her very brief stint in Milan. In 1995, she won the Czech ‘Elite Model Look’ competition at the age of 16. She then returned to Milan to begin modeling seriously.

Starting in 2000, she worked for designers such as Lolita Lempicka, Matthew Williamson, and Michino Koshino. She made her first TV appearance on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, a British sitcom, a year later.

In 2002, she made her first appearance in the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.’ A year later, she achieved a major milestone in her career when she appeared on the cover of the magazine.

She was on the panel of judges of the 53rd Miss Universe pageant, held in Ecuador June 2004.

In 2005, she released ‘Love Always, Petra,’ an autobiography where she writes about living under Communist rule in Czechoslovakia as a child. It follows her career from breaking out as a model and living as a supermodel now.

In 2006, she founded the ‘Happy Heart Foundation’ (HHF) to help children recover from natural disaster by rebuilding schools. This was inspired by the tsunami tragedy in Thailand two years earlier.

She was the host of ‘A Model Life’, which was an American reality show that followed a group of models trying to make it in New York City in 2007. The same year, she was a presenter at ‘Live Earth,’ an entertainment convention that focuses on the environment. In 2008, she dabbled in realty, selling two apartments in New York City for around $25 million each. By this time, she had appeared on the covers of ‘Sports Illustrated’, ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Elle’, ‘Shape’, ‘Figaro’, ‘Glamour’ and more. She has been featured in campaigns for ‘Victoria’s Secret’, ‘Maidenform’, ‘Playtex’, and ‘John Lewis’, and many more.

In 2012, she served as the face of ‘Only Make Believe’, an organization that performs plays for children in the hospital.

Recently, in January 2015, she became the face of ‘Ultimo’ underwear, replacing Abbey Clancy.

Major Works

She was featured on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’ in 2003, her first big break. She went on to become a supermodel, working for brands such as ‘Victoria's Secret’ and appearing on the covers of ‘Elle’ and ‘Glamour.’

Following the tsunami, she founded a charity to help children recover from natural disasters. She has dedicated much of her life to this work.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, Glamour gave her the ‘Survivor Award’ in gratitude of her work after the tsunami the year before.

In 2012, she was awarded the ‘James Hammerstein Award’ at the ‘Make Believe on Broadway’ gala for her support of children in need. Also in the same year, she was named ‘Ambassador-at-Large’ in Haiti for her work there after the tragic earthquake through ‘HHF’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In December 2004, tragedy struck when Němcová was vacationing with her fiancé, Simon Atlee, in Thailand. The infamous tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters of all time, swept the couple out of their hotel room window. Němcová survived by clinging to a palm tree, suffering lacerations and a severely broken pelvis; Atlee was swept out to sea and found dead three months later.

She founded the ‘Happy Heart Foundation’ (HHF) in 2006, an organization aimed to help survivors of natural disasters. They specifically focus on coming in and rebuilding schools after first-responders leave the scene. She was inspired to do this work after her own experience with the tsunami in Thailand.

It is reported that she has dated Sean Penn and James Blunt. In 2012, she broke off her engagement to actor Jamie Belman.

As of 2014, she is happily in a relationship with Laurent Lamothe, the Haitian prime minister.

Net Worth

As of 2015, Němcová is estimated to have a net worth of $9 million, amassed mostly from her work as a model and a television host.

Trivia

She has said one of her greatest joys in life is dancing and that she can dance for four to five hours straight without even stopping to drink water.

She is extraordinarily multilingual, speaking six languages. She can converse in English, French, Italian, Slovak, Polish, and Czech fluently.

She was on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and placed eighth with her partner Dmitry Chaplin.

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Petra Nemcova biography timelines

  • // 24th Jun 1979
    Petra is one of two children and was very close to her sister Olga growing up. She was discovered as a young teenager when she was walking in Prague by ‘NEXT Model Management’. She moved to Milan, Italy immediately after signing.
  • // 1995
    Feeling overwhelmed by the glamour industry at such a young age, she moved home to the Czech Republic after her very brief stint in Milan. In 1995, she won the Czech ‘Elite Model Look’ competition at the age of 16. She then returned to Milan to begin modeling seriously.
  • // 2000
    Starting in 2000, she worked for designers such as Lolita Lempicka, Matthew Williamson, and Michino Koshino. She made her first TV appearance on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, a British sitcom, a year later.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she made her first appearance in the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.’ A year later, she achieved a major milestone in her career when she appeared on the cover of the magazine.
  • // 2003
    She was featured on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’ in 2003, her first big break. She went on to become a supermodel, working for brands such as ‘Victoria's Secret’ and appearing on the covers of ‘Elle’ and ‘Glamour.’
  • // Jun 2004
    She was on the panel of judges of the 53rd Miss Universe pageant, held in Ecuador June 2004.
  • // Dec 2004
    In December 2004, tragedy struck when Němcová was vacationing with her fiancé, Simon Atlee, in Thailand. The infamous tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters of all time, swept the couple out of their hotel room window. Němcová survived by clinging to a palm tree, suffering lacerations and a severely broken pelvis; Atlee was swept out to sea and found dead three months later.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, she released ‘Love Always, Petra,’ an autobiography where she writes about living under Communist rule in Czechoslovakia as a child. It follows her career from breaking out as a model and living as a supermodel now.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, Glamour gave her the ‘Survivor Award’ in gratitude of her work after the tsunami the year before.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she founded the ‘Happy Heart Foundation’ (HHF) to help children recover from natural disaster by rebuilding schools. This was inspired by the tsunami tragedy in Thailand two years earlier.
  • // 2006
    She founded the ‘Happy Heart Foundation’ (HHF) in 2006, an organization aimed to help survivors of natural disasters. They specifically focus on coming in and rebuilding schools after first-responders leave the scene. She was inspired to do this work after her own experience with the tsunami in Thailand.
  • // 2007 To 2008
    She was the host of ‘A Model Life’, which was an American reality show that followed a group of models trying to make it in New York City in 2007. The same year, she was a presenter at ‘Live Earth,’ an entertainment convention that focuses on the environment. In 2008, she dabbled in realty, selling two apartments in New York City for around $25 million each. By this time, she had appeared on the covers of ‘Sports Illustrated’, ‘Cosmopolitan’, ‘Elle’, ‘Shape’, ‘Figaro’, ‘Glamour’ and more. She has been featured in campaigns for ‘Victoria’s Secret’, ‘Maidenform’, ‘Playtex’, and ‘John Lewis’, and many more.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she served as the face of ‘Only Make Believe’, an organization that performs plays for children in the hospital.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she was awarded the ‘James Hammerstein Award’ at the ‘Make Believe on Broadway’ gala for her support of children in need. Also in the same year, she was named ‘Ambassador-at-Large’ in Haiti for her work there after the tragic earthquake through ‘HHF’.
  • // 2012
    It is reported that she has dated Sean Penn and James Blunt. In 2012, she broke off her engagement to actor Jamie Belman.
  • // 2014
    As of 2014, she is happily in a relationship with Laurent Lamothe, the Haitian prime minister.
  • // 2015
    As of 2015, Němcová is estimated to have a net worth of $9 million, amassed mostly from her work as a model and a television host.
  • // Jan 2015
    Recently, in January 2015, she became the face of ‘Ultimo’ underwear, replacing Abbey Clancy.

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  • What is Petra Nemcova birthday?

    Petra Nemcova was born at 1979-06-24

  • Where is Petra Nemcova's birth place?

    Petra Nemcova was born in Karviná

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    Petra Nemcova's nationalities is Czech

  • Who is Petra Nemcova siblings?

    Petra Nemcova's siblings is Olga Němcová

  • What was Petra Nemcova universities?

    Petra Nemcova studied at London Business School

  • How tall is Petra Nemcova?

    Petra Nemcova's height is 179

  • Who is Petra Nemcova's father?

    Petra Nemcova's father is Oldřich Němec

  • Who is Petra Nemcova's mother?

    Petra Nemcova's mother is Božena Němcová

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    Petra Nemcova is Cancer

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    Petra Nemcova is famouse as Model