Spheres of influence: Supermodel and Miami resident Karolína Kurková leads our annual celebration of the Magic City’s most influential women.
FROM A TOP TV PERSONALITY TO FIERCE ENTREPRENEURS AND STYLISH PHILANTHROPISTS, SIX OF MIAMI’S LEADING LADIES HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: THEY ARE ON A MISSION TO ENCOURAGE AND EMPOWER OTHERS—NOT JUST IN THE 305, BUT ACROSS THE GLOBE.
KAROLÍNA KURKOVÁ: The Style Setter
The Czech supermodel has conquered the catwalk, strutting her stuff for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and landing countless campaigns for high-end fashion houses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Now, the blonde beauty balances modeling, motherhood, and giving back. What charities are you involved with right now?
I work with Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)
and amfar [The Foundation for AIDS Research] (amfar.org). I did a campaign with Anna Wintour and a few female designers where we created products that were sold on Shopbop.com. All of the proceeds were given to moms in third-world countries who have HIV. How do you balance your career and personal life? It’s a learning process; having kids forces you to have balance. I am constantly learning how to manage my time more efficiently. I pay very close attention to nutrition and try to take care of myself. But my kids come first, because children really need that guidance and a lot of love and attention.
Your childhood is not what people might expect. Growing up in a small town [in the Czech Republic] I got a lot of attention, but not in a good way. People would point at my long legs and stare at me. I never wore short skirts or shorts; I was always in pants trying to hide them. I was kind of insecure. I never thought of myself as a beautiful girl or that I could be a model.
When was your first big break? At [14 years old], a friend of mine asked me if she could take pictures of me. And then, without telling me, she sent them to an agency. They called and said they would like to meet me in person. On one hand I was like, Oh my God, yes! and on the other, I wanted to kill my friend because she didn’t ask me. But if she had, I probably would have told her no, and I wouldn’t be where I am today.
PHILANTHROPY PHILOSOPHY: We are a part of this planet, and we all need to help and empower others.
Asymmetric red-plaid knit dress, Stella Mccartney ($797). theoutnet.com.