Eva Herzigova says that her older
sister is the true beauty in her family. To this day, she is amazed that
she has a modeling contract instead of her sister. On a family trip to
Prague, a friend encouraged Eva and her sister to enter a contest
sponsored by the French agency, Metropolitan Models. Her sister wasn't
interested, so Eva entered with her friend. Six months later, she was
flying to Paris, only sixteen and on the verge of a major modeling career.
Her very first photo session was "uncomfortable." Having never attended
modeling school and worse yet, coming from Czechoslovakia where fashion
magazines were rare, she had no idea what to expect. She kept wishing all
the stylists and make-up artists would quit staring at her. Now, she
prefers 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.
She was born March 10, 1973 in Livinov, a mountain village in northern
Czechoslovakia where her mother worked as a secretary and her father was
an electrician in a mining company. She credits her parents with
instilling her value for hard work and keeping her grounded.
In 1992, she gained her greatest exposure in a series of GUESS? ads shot
by Ellen von Unwerth. When the ads ran, Marie Claire hailed her as "the
next Marilyn Monroe." In July of 1994, she landed the cover of Elle
magazine and became the spokesmodel for Wonderbra. Since then, she has
become synonymous with those infamous ads.
Eva married Bon Jovi drummer, Tico Torres, in September 1996, but the
couple divorced two years later. She is now dating producer Guy Oseary.
Eva speaks four languages: Czech, Russian, English and French. Her hobbies
include pottery, horseback riding, reading, going to the movies and riding
her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Her big screen debut was in Jean-Marie Poire's film, Les Anges Guardiens,
starring Gerard Depardieu. She also appears in Ellen von Unwerth's film,
Inferno. Since she was a little girl, she has dreamed of acting. Always
practical, she realizes, "You can't model at age 60, but you certainly can
be an actress."
"Ever since I was a very
little girl, I've dreamed of acting. You can't be a model at age 60,
but you certainly can be an actress. So I'd like to be in that
"I'm very serious; I don't waste my earnings. I put my money in the
bank: I have to think of life after modeling, when I'm not famous
Twisted Tango (2004) .... Eva
Modigliani (2004) .... Olga, Picasso's Wife
Just for the Time Being (2000) .... Christine
... aka Unspoken Love (International: English title: recut version)
(USA: recut version)
Amico del cuore, L' (1998) .... Frida Seta
Anges gardiens, Les (1995) .... Tchouk Tchouk Nougat
... aka Guardian Angels (International: English title)
Inferno (1992) (TV)