BiographyEva Herzigova was born on March 10, 1973, in Litvinov of the Czech Republic. Her mother was a secretary and her father worked as an electrician in a mining company. Both parents stressed the importance of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Even after Eva landed her modeling contract, they encouraged her to have something to fall back on, just in case modeling did not work out for her.
Growing up in a Northern Czechoslovakian village, modeling was the furthest thing from Eva's mind. She was active in many sports, such as gymnastics, basketball, track, and cross-country skiing.
Ironically, Eva always felt that her sister was the one destined to become a model. On a visit to Prague with her parents, the 16-year-old Eva met a friend who told her about a modeling contest organized by Metropolitan Models, a French modeling agency. Since her sister was not interested, Eva entered the contest herself.
She went on to win the contest, marking the start of her illustrious career. Within six months, she was whisked off to Paris and from from that point on, modeling became her focus in life.
Initially, the adjustment was quite difficult. Eva had never taken any modeling lessons and had no experience. To make matters worse, she never had much exposure in fashion magazines in her hometown, making her future even more uncertain.
She felt quite uncomfortable during her early photo sessions and did not like that the stylists, make-up artists and camera crew would stare at her for hours.
Nonetheless, the past few years have been kind to Eva, as she has found a home in front of the camera, preferring photo sessions to fashion shows. "I love photo sessions. I'm alone, I'm the queen, everyone's taking care of me," she says, laughing.
Eva has been referred to as the Marilyn Monroe of the 90's and advertisers have been quick to use this to their advantage. She followed in the footsteps of Claudia Schiffer as the Guess? Girl in 1992, which garnered her worldwide exposure.
Next on her list was a cover for Elle magazine and the opportunity to become the spokesperson for Wonderbra. This career move, along with her perfect figure, have made her internationally famous.
One of her most renowned ads, in which she appears scantily clad, has the tag line "Look Me In The Eyes"." If you have ever seen the ad, you would agree that this is easier said than done. She has also done work for Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated.
Not only is Eva beautiful and very likeable, she is intelligent and speaks four languages: English, Czech, Russian, and French. Her hobbies include pottery, horseback riding, reading, going to the movies, and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. She says she is lucky that she doesn't have a sweet tooth, but she loves French, Italian and Japanese cuisine.
She hopes to pursue an acting career in the near future. She has appeared in Jean-Marie Poire's film Les Anges Gardiens, starring Gerard Depardieu. She also appears in Ellen von Unwerth's film, Inferno.
As her parents have taught her as a child, she states, "You can't be a model at 60, but you certainly can be an actress." No official word on her current status, but we can tell you she got married to Bon Jovi's drummer Tico Torres in 1996. The two are no longer together.
Her career is full of great moves, that rose her through the modeling ranks. The best decisions of her life were accepting the Guess? offer to follow Claudia Schiffer as their spokesperson, and doing a campaign for WonderBra that really got everyone's attention.
Thanks the WonderBra campaign (we love that name), Eva can be one of the few women in the world that have multiple body parts instantly recognizable. Her lips are so recognizable in the Czech Republic, that they should become the national symbol.