“I think most people have a mission in life, a role they feel set to play – mine has always been that I wanted to work with children and in education. The tsunami happened and it fast-forwarded the process.”- Petra Němcová
Czech model, television host, and philanthropist Petra Němcová has achieved so much at just 35. After been scouted in Prague by NEXT Model Management, Němcová moved to Milan to embark on her modelling career. Following her win in 1995 of the Czech Elite Model Look, she went back to Milan where her career really took off. Over the years she has done campaigns for brands such as John Lewis, Max Factor, Clarins and Pantene while also gracing the covers of magazines such as Elle, Glamour and Cosmopolitan. In her career, she has also worked for many designers such as Matthew Williamson, Lolita Lempicka and Michino Koshino. Outside of modelling, Němcová has also appeared on the TV show Absolutely Fabulous and was one of the telecast judges for the 2004 Miss Universe competition. She has also hosted the shows A Model Life and the American leg of Live Earth and she appeared on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars.
In 2005, Němcová founded the Happy Hearts Fund after the Tsunami of 2004 while in 2007 she made a visit to Haiti with musician Wyclef Jean. During their visit a computer lab and an eatery were opened in the slums of Port-au-Prince which was funded and sponsored by Jean’s Yéle Haïti Foundation and Němcová’s Happy Hearts Fund. In 2009, Němcová and Happy Hearts Fund Executive Director Phillip Caputo launched the “Bring Happiness Back!” campaign at the United Nations to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
She has been admired for her charitable work. In 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 while Glamour magazine gave Němcová a “Survivor Award” in 2005 for her charitable endeavours.
Němcová supports the NY- and DC-based nonprofit Only Make Believe which is an organization which writes and performs interactive plays in children’s hospitals and care facilities. In 2012, Němcová was the face of Only Make Believe in lighting the Empire State Building and was awarded the James Hammerstein Award at the “Make Believe on Broadway” Gala in 2012. She was also the Celebrity Ambassador for Only Make Believe at Bloomberg Tradebook’s 2nd Annual Charity Day and was the host of a fundraising gala in New York City in 2014.
Němcová is also a very stylish woman which can be seen from her many fashionable choices over the years below: