Petra Němcová

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Petra Němcová
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Němcová at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Petra Němcová

(1979-06-24) 24 June 1979 (age 40)
Modeling information
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorHazel
  • Jonathan Sanders & Co (Worldwide)
  • One Management (New York)
  • Marilyn Agency (Paris)
  • View Management (Barcelona)
  • Place Models (Germany)
  • Next Models (Milan)
  • Stockholmsgruppen (Stockholm) [1]

Petra Němcová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtra ˈɲɛmtsovaː] ; born 24 June 1979) is a Czech model, television host and philanthropist who founded the Happy Hearts Fund. In 2017, the Happy Hearts Fund merged with All Hands Volunteers to create All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response, with Němcová assuming the role of co-founder and vice chair.

All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response Nonprofit organization

All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) is a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The organization's current structure formed in late 2017, when two existing nonprofits, All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund merged to become All Hands and Hearts. All Hands Volunteers was founded in September 2005 by philanthropist and businessman David Campbell to provide relief to residents in areas affected by natural disasters worldwide. Happy Hearts Fund, founded by philanthropist and supermodel, Petra Němcová, sought a similar goal, to help communities recover after a disaster event. All Hands and Hearts is based in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.


Early life

Němcová was born in Karviná, [2] then Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, and grew up in Karviná in the Moravian-Silesian Region with her sister Olga.

Karviná Statutory City in Czech Republic

Karviná is a city in Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic, on the Olza River. It is administrative center of Karviná District. Karviná lies in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia and is one of the most important coal mining centers in the Czech Republic. Together with neighboring towns it forms industrial Ostrava-Karviná Coal Basin.

Czechoslovakia 1918–1992 country in Central Europe, predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia, was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.

Czech Republic Country in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west and northwest, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country with a hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents; other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen.



Scouted on the streets of Prague by NEXT Model Management, upon signing she moved to Milan, Italy. After winning the 1995 Czech Elite Model Look , she returned to Milan where her career flourished.

Prague Capital of the Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated on the Vltava river, Prague is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with relatively warm summers and chilly winters.

Milan Italian city

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Elite Model Look

Elite Model Look is a yearly fashion modeling event held by Elite Model Management, an international model management group. It is used to discover and launch female fashion models in the international fashion marketplace, like the similar Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest. Each year the contest attracts some 350,000 participants from roughly 70 countries in the world, with castings held in over 800 cities. Contestants, typically between the ages of 14 and 22, compete in local contests for a chance to represent their country in the world final.

She has featured in campaigns for Benetton, Bulgari, Cartier, Clarins, Cortefiel, Dirk Bikkembergs, Fortunoff, Graff, Hewlett Packard/Intel, HS, Intimissimi, John Lewis, Lancaster, La Perla, La Senza, Maidenform, Max Factor, Pantene Pro-V, Passport, Playtex, Rampage, Schwarzkopf, Victoria's Secret, and Wild Orchid. [2] Němcová has appeared on international covers of Harper's Bazaar , Madame Figaro , Elle , Shape, Cosmopolitan , Marie Claire , Flare , Glamour , L'Officiel , and Sports Illustrated. [2]

Benetton Group clothing company

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Bulgari Italian company

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CARTIER International SNC, or simply Cartier, is a French luxury goods conglomerate which designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells jewellery and watches. Founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847, the company remained under family control until 1964. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris, although it has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Cartier operates more than 200 stores in 125 countries, with three Temples in London, New York, and Paris.

Němcová has walked for designers including Lolita Lempicka, Gai Mattiolo, Matthew Williamson, Gugliemo Cappone, Marina Babini, Yumi Katsura, and Michiko Koshino. [2]

Lolita Lempicka French fashion designer

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Matthew Williamson English fashion designer

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Michiko Koshino, born in 1943, is a fashion designer. She has high-end stores in Japan and London.

Němcová gained attention outside the fashion industry after featuring on the cover of the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, from a shoot in Barbados by Walter Iooss. She also appeared in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions. [2] She was the object/subject of Joanne Gair's body painting work. [3] In January 2015 Němcová replaced Abbey Clancy as the face of Ultimo underwear. [4] She also serves as the global face of Chopard.

<i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue American magazine published by Sports Illustrated

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is published annually by American magazine Sports Illustrated and features women fashion models, celebrities and athletes wearing swimwear in various locales around the world. The highly coveted cover photograph has been considered as the arbiter of supermodel succession. The issue carries advertising that, in 2005 amounted to US$35 million in value. First published in 1964, it is credited with making the bikini, invented in 1946, a legitimate piece of apparel.

Barbados Country in the Caribbean

Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America. It is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 13°N of the equator. It is about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the countries of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 180 km (110 mi) south-east of Martinique and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital and largest city is Bridgetown.

Walter Iooss Jr. is an American photographer best known for his award-winning images of sports' greatest athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kelly Slater, Tiger Woods, Scottie Pippen, and Muhammad Ali. He has been called "the poet laureate of sports."


In 2001, Němcová appeared on British television series Absolutely Fabulous . [5] On 3 June 2004, she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador. In 2007, she was the host of TLC's A Model Life . On 7 July 2007, she was a presenter at the American leg of Live Earth. [2] Němcová was a contestant on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Dmitry Chaplin, reaching the 4th week before being eliminated. [6] [7]

In 2005, Němcová published her autobiography Love Always, Petra ( ISBN   0446579130).

2004 Boxing Day tsunami

On 26 December 2004, Němcová was in Khao Lak, Thailand, with her main photographer and boyfriend, Simon Atlee, when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami struck. [8] Atlee drowned and Němcová suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries, but she managed to hold on to a palm tree for eight hours until she was rescued by Thai civilians and airlifted to an inland hospital nearby. [9]


Němcová serves on the advisory board of the Glamour's Women of the Year Fund.

Her autobiography, Love Always, Petra, was released in 2005 from which 100% of the proceeds were donated towards helping children affected both by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and ongoing natural disasters worldwide. [10]

Happy Hearts Fund

In 2005, Němcová founded the Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), a charitable organization and campaign formed after the tsunami of 2004. [11] The main mission of Happy Hearts Fund has been to rebuild and renew schools affected by natural disasters. As a result of programmes run by the Happy Hearts Fund, 176 schools have been rebuilt world-wide in 10 countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Haiti, Nepal, Peru, Mexico and The Philippines. Němcová has been heavily involved on an every day basis since establishing the Happy Hearts Fund, helping to establish long term strategies, as well as outlining the vision which has led to the organisations long term success. Her personal experience during the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami gave her a deep understanding of the power of Mother Nature, allowing her to connect with those in need, bolstering the success of her work through the organisation. In late 2017, the Happy Hearts Fund merged with fellow non-profit organisation All Hands Volunteers to create All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response. As a result, Němcová now acts as co-founder and vice chair of All Hands And Hearts alongside All Hands Volunteers founder David Campbell. [12]

All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response

Němcová currently acts as co-founder and vice chair of All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response (AHAH).

All Hands And Hearts - Smart Response is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing fast and effective support to communities hit by natural disasters worldwide. Amongst the first to respond and often to last to leave, All Hands And Hearts have helped to rebuild schools and homes across the globe, positively impacting over 105,000 children in disaster hit areas. [13] The mission which Němcová outlined through the Happy Hearts Fund continues to be fulfilled by an international team of dedicated volunteers, to date numbering over 50,000, working in over 18 separate countries. Němcová herself has spoken about the importance of connecting with and understanding the needs of those in need of hope, empowerment and immediate aid, stating that, "We cannot control nature, but we can control that actions that we take." [14]

As of June 2018, All Hands And Hearts has positively impacted over 1 million individuals affected by natural disasters, helping to rebuild 208 schools and hundreds of homes in over 95 different locations, spread across 18 individual countries. [15] To date, 97 programmes have been launched in countries including Nepal, Peru, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

Nemcova in 2012. Petra Nemcova 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Němcová in 2012.


Glamour magazine awarded Němcová a "Survivor Award" in 2005 for her charity work following her tsunami ordeal.[ citation needed ]

In June 2012, she was designated by president of Haiti Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe as Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti for her work with Happy Hearts Fund. [16]

In 2017, Petra was appointed by the UNISDR as a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion and Tsunami Awareness Advocate. [17]

Personal life

Němcová is multilingual and speaks Czech, Slovak, Polish, English, French, and Italian.

She has been a vegan since 2007 and has paid close attention to life in the world's oceans. [18] [19]

She was briefly engaged to English actor Jamie Belman before the couple ended their relationship in 2012. [20] [21]

In May 2014, Němcová told People that she was dating the former Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe. [22] but as of 2015 they were no longer together. [23] In 2017, she became engaged to investment banker Alejandro Grimaldi before the pair called off their engagement in December 2018. [24]

In 2019, Němcová married French-Venezuelan entrepreneur Benjamin Larretche in Sedona, Arizona. They announced in September 2019 that they are expecting their first child. [25]

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