Born in the Czech Republic, Kurkova is best known as one of the faces of lingerie company Victoria's Secret. At the age of 15 she was discovered and signed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada and quickly landed a job with Vogue magazine. Her prescence is strong both in the high end and commercial markets as she has been the face of brands such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, and Yves Saint Laurent. Outside of modeling, Kurkova is active in humanitarian work, promoting the welfare of children through several organizations. She also recently completed her first acting role in the film, "My Sexiest Year".