Karolína Kurková wanted to “kill” a friend who secretly sent in pictures of her to a modelling agency.
The 29-year-old model landed a runway role after the fashion professionals were impressed with the shots her pal submitted. That didn’t make it any easier for Karolína to take though, as she was deeply embarrassed by the images which her friend selected.
“My friend sent pictures to an agency but didn’t tell me. I wanted to kill her! I was 14 and I was just in my room goofing. I’ve always stood out because I had these super long legs and arms; big teeth – people used to look at me and whisper,” she told British magazine Stylist.
Soon Karolína was working for magazines and gaining a lot of commercial work. Looking back, she realises being cast by Miuccia Prada to walk in her show in 1999 was a turning point for her. At the time she didn’t understand what a big deal it was, although she’s glad of that, as she believes it stopped her becoming a diva.
The star has experienced many career highs over the years, although her favourite shoot may come as a surprise to many. Far from when she strutted her stuff for luxury lingerie company Victoria’s Secret, Karolína’s best memory is dressing as Goth rocker Marilyn Manson for US Vogue. The shoot was lensed by Steven Meisel and the model even donned coloured contact lenses to get the look right.
It’s the ability to transform which Karolína loves the most about her job. She feels like a “silent actor” when she is working as she has to convey emotions without words. On the whole, the star hopes people are now getting the message that modelling is about more than being a pretty face.
“We’re not just models; we’re also businesswomen and creatives,” she said.
Ensuring people have the right idea about the fashion industry and models in general is one of the reasons why Karolína signed up to appear on the first series of US show The Face, alongside Naomi Campbell. She was a mentor but made sure the wannabes she tutored didn’t get above themselves.
“We got very intimate and spent a lot of time together, but there were a lot of conversations about remembering who you are. One day you could have it all and when all of that attention comes in and people start to notice you, you need to keep your feet on the ground,” she previously explained.
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