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Model of the Week: Hana Soukupova

Welcome to the fourth installment of Model of the Week. I've written a five question interview that I have conducted with several high profile models to share with you. The questions are both fun and beauty related and will always remain the same. Don't forget to check out the past three installments featuring Jessica Stam, Caroline Winberg and Carolyn Murphy.

Here's a little about the up and coming runway model Hana Soukupova. Hana was born in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, on December 18th, 1985. She was a competitive basketball player until she entered the modeling arena through a Prague agency at the age of 15.

Hana has extremely long limbs and a delicate look about her. She has become a huge success over the last five years and continues to work incessantly.

You may recognize her from her campaigns for: Gucci, Jill Stuart, Tse, Carolina Herrera and Versace or from her Vogue, Elle and Bazaar covers. She has also graced the catwalk of many couture runways.

Hana stays in shape and gets rid of stress by hitting a punching bag she had installed in her apartment and she connects with her creative side by taking pottery classes in NYC.

To read her interview, and to see more runway pictures, read more

BELLA: What is your secret to beautiful skin and hair?
HS: The best secret for a healthy complexion is an egg white face mask which firms the skin and replenishes your pores. My favorite home made secret for shiny hair is a conditioner made from a spoonful of yogurt, olive oil & lemon. It may seem crazy but I swear it works!

BELLA: What is the one product that you can't live without?
HS: I can't live without my special face cream from Avene which I put on my skin several times a day (probably too often). It can only be purchased in France. Whenever I come back from Paris my bag is full of nothing but the little glass bottles of the cream.

BELLA: What is your guilty pleasure?
HS: Bags! Big or small, new or vintage, you can never have enough purses. They last forever and even after a few seasons you can break them out and re-introduce them.

BELLA: What is your favorite drugstore product?
HS: I love the European beauty and body product shops as they have some things that you cannot buy in a local New York pharmacy. Whenever I am abroad I buy all kinds of different cool products from head to toe they always have something I can’t resist trying.

BELLA: Happiness is...
HS: Happiness is leaving the gym after a great work out, a big breakfast followed by grocery shopping which is truly my favorite hobby. I can spend hours in Whole Foods and do more damage there than in Prada.

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