This Week's Model: Hana Soukupová
Ten years ago, when Czech model Hana Soukupová was just 14 years old, the blonde bombshell entered a Prague modeling contest so she could win $100 to buy Christmas gifts for her family. With her classically beautiful face and Barbie-doll legs, it’s no surprise Soukupová walked away with the top prize. Since then, the now 24-year-old has walked in hundreds of runway shows including Versace, Zac Posen and the 2006 and 2007 Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and most recently starred in the fall 2009 Anne Klein and spring 2009 St. John ad campaigns. We caught up with Soukupová not long after the holidays.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
To get a New York driver’s license. Watch out bike messengers!
What is your favorite physical feature?
My natural boobs.
What is your least favorite physical feature?
I have big feet like Uma Thurman.
What are your favorite NYC hangout spots?
The downstairs lounge at Bond Street. Vintage shopping in the Lower East Side. Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.
How does it feel when people recognize you on the street?
Somewhat disappointing when I have to explain to them that I’m not Anna Kounikova.
What campaigns or editorials are you currently working on?
Elie Tahari with Terry Richardson. H&M. A crazy shoot in Hawaii with David LaChapelle.
What designers are you excited about for the next round of shows?
I always have a lot of fun with Zac. Zac Posen’s shows always have good energy.
Do you have any unusual hobbies?
Taking pictures of strangers.
Above: Anne Klein’s fall 2009 campaign
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Frozen peanut butter and Susan Boyle.
Who was your favorite model growing up?
Eva Herzigová—she opened a lot of doors for Czech models
What do you think you would be doing professionally, if you weren’t modeling?
Not sure but I’d definitely be eating a lot less healthy.
Tell us something that people in the fashion world wouldn’t know about you.
I have a personality.
Versace Jeans Couture spring 2010 ad campaign
Read our previous model Q&As here.