Fashion | New York Magazine

Skip to content, skip to search, or go to the top of the page.

Petra Nemcova

    • Thumbnails
    Close

    Rate this look

    Top 100

    Advertising
    Petra Nemcova View off-the-runway photos
    Nationality
    Czech
    Birth Date
    June 24, 1979
    Lives Now
    New York, NY
    Status
    Sexy girl
    Known for
    Body, Smile
    Agencies
    Next
    Dated
    Sean Penn, James Blunt (06 - 07), Simon Atlee (03 - 04)
    Friends
    Oluchi Onweagba, Russell Simmons, Vicky Andren, Veronica Varekova, Noot Seear, Daniela Pestova, Estella Warren, Bar Refaeli, Georgina Chapman
    Model Turned
    Activist (Happy Hearts Fund, 2005), Talk show host (A Model Life with Petra Nemcova )
    Interests
    Dancing

    Off the Runway Photos

    Petra Nemcova's Career Highlights

    24 JUN, 1979
    Born in Karvina, Czech Republic
    1995
    Discovered at the age of 16 during a national talent-search
    1996
    Wins Elite Look of the Year competition in the Czech Republic
    2002
    Big break: modeling for Sports Illustrated
    5 APR, 2002
    Appears on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Kilborn, who predicts she’ll land the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue Video»
    2003
    Meets British photographer Simon Atlee on a photo shoot; the two begin dating
    FEB 2003
    Appears on cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
    3 JUN, 2004
    Telecast judge for the 53rd-annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador
    AUG 2004
    Appears on cover of British GQ
    NOV 2004
    Appears on cover of Italian Cosmopolitan
    26 DEC, 2004
    While on vacation in Thailand, Nemcova and fiancé Atlee are caught in a tsunami; Atlee drowns, but Nemcova survives (suffering a broken pelvis and internal injuries)
    2005
    Returns to Thailand to thank the medical staff at the hospital where she got treated
    2005
    Starts her charity foundation, Happy Hearts Fund
    JAN 2005
    Appears on cover of Italian GQ
    9 MAR, 2005
    Appears on ABC’s Primetime Live to talk about her near-death experience
    5 DEC, 2005
    Publishes autobiography, Love Always, Petra
    2006
    New face of Fortunoff jewelry
    2006
    Dates British singer James Blunt
    2006
    New face of Rampage ad campaign
    FEB 2006
    Makes modeling comeback with appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
    DEC 2006
    Appears in the British 2007 FHM calendar as Miss May
    2007
    Hosts TLC’s Model Life, which exposes the ups and downs of the modeling industry
    2007
    Face of the Hewlett-Packard-computers TV and web campaign
    7 JUL, 2007
    Present at the Live Earth concert for the environment
    DEC 2007
    Becomes the face of Ann Taylor's first fragrance, Possibilities
    Advertising