Petra Nemcova's Education Background
Petra Nemcova is a Czech model, author, philanthropist, and television host. She is also the founder of the Happy Hearts Fund, a non-profit organization that aims to improve children’s lives in disaster areas. Recently, it was announced that Petra will be competing in the next season of Dancing with the Stars. EDUinReview will now take a look at her background.
Petra was born in the Czech Republic on June 24, 1979 and she grew up in Karvina. She speaks six languages: Czech, Slovak, Polish, English, French, and Italian.
Petra was approached by Next Model Management on the streets of Prague. After she signed with the modeling agency, she moved to Milan, where her career as a model took off. She work for campaigns for Benetton, Pantene Pro-V, Victoria’s Secret, and many more. In 2004, she appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, as well as in the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 editions of the magazine.
In December 2004, Petra was in Thailand with her finance, Simon Atlee. Her fiance was killed in the tsunami that was caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Petra survived by hanging onto a palm tree for eight hours until rescuers could get to her. After surviving the tsunami, Petra created the Happy Hearts Fund after returning to Thailand. While there, she saw families without homes and children without parents, so she decided to create a charitable organization that would donate 100 percent of all donations received to the children who needed these donations. She has also helped with the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and after the earthquake in Haiti.
Now, Petra will be taking some time off from her philanthropy and modeling work to dance her way into the audience’s heart in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars.
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