Birthplace: Litvinov, Czechoslovakia
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One of the world's top fashion models. Eva Herzigova was discovered at age 17 while on a family day trip to Germany when she was approached to enter a beauty contest sponsored by the American modeling firm, Madison. Regularily models for Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated magazine. She was Wonderbra and Guess? spokesmodel. Eva has shown aspirations towards acting. She can be seen in the Ellen von Unwerth's film called Inferno. She also played a role in the french film titled "Les Anges Gardiens", and acted together with Focus 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 Focus 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, Focus 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. Focus 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 Focus, 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 Focus 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. Focus has appeared in Jean-Marie Poire's film Les Anges Gardiens, starring Gerard Depardieu She also appears in Ellen von Unwerth's film, Inferno.