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Karolina Kurkova interview at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Model of the Week: Karolina Kurková


If the Jolly Green Giant had a gorgeous daughter, it would probably be Czech model Karolina Kurkova. I'm of above-average height, but she's so tall that I felt about as short as Milo while interviewing her. She's been on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Face among other magazines. But these days, she's best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. I've interviewed her before, but we had lots to talk about this time around—so read on to find out how she keeps her skin and hair healthy.

What do you do to keep your skin so clear?
I try to steam everyday. I drink a lot of water. And then I use the Victoria's Secret Bare Bronze tinted moisturizer to give me a little bit of glow. So I don't need to lay in the sun. I guess laughing. I think laughing and having a good attitude gives you that glow. That would be my secret.

For more of the interview, plus a photo gallery, read more.
Do you stay out of the sun, or are you a sun worshiper?
I love the sun but I hate tanning for hours. I get bored, I can't deal. I need to move around. So I like to be in the sun but I have to be active. I can't just lay and bake for hours. I just can't do that. And it's also not so healthy for you. A little bit of glow is good, but too much sun isn't good for your skin. It ages you, it really does.

So since you have to have your hair done all the time, how do you keep your hair healthy?
I try to not wash it every day because it washes out the natural oils. But of course if I'm working every day, yeah, I have to. Unfortunately, in our world, we have our hair blown out and styled almost every day. It's really hard.

One last question: At what point in your life did you feel beautiful?
Probably when I started modeling. I kind of started to understand my body and myself, and starting to appreciate that. Because growing up, I was very different, I was very—people always used to look at me and point at me because I was very tall and very long. I was different, so I wasn't very comfortable with the way I looked. So definitely through modeling and being in front of the camera and people, I got my confidence. I'm actually okay, it's okay to be different. And you have to really learn how to love yourself and accept yourself for who you are. Otherwise you'll drive yourself crazy because you won't ever be happy. Everyone always has something: "Oh, I don't like this or I wish I had that." Like, I always say I wish I had really curly hair, but I have straight hair. But, you know, you have to really appreciate what you have.

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