Karolína Kurková was "never all that comfortable" modelling when she was younger.
The 30-year-old beauty is best known for being a former Victoria's Secret Angel and has walked for the likes of Chanel and Gucci in the past. Her successful career has put her among the world's top earning models.
Recalling how she became a fashion star, Czechoslovakian-born Karolína admits she hasn't always been so confident with posing.
"Well, I’ve been in this industry for 15 years - I was 15 when I started out. I’m from a really small town, and growing up, I was never all that comfortable in front of the camera. But one day, I agreed to pose for some pictures with a friend of mine who wanted to be a photographer, she sent them to an agency, and they called me in and told me I had the potential to be a model," she explained to Lucky magazine.
"They then sent me to Milan Fashion Week, where I met with a casting director named Russell Marsh - he’s been behind the discovery of so many major models. He was casting the Prada show, introduced me to [designer] Miuccia and boom - I wound up opening the Prada show at 15 years old as a complete unknown."
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It was this event which resulted in her being signed and landing a cover forVogue magazine. Karolína believes these days it is different for up-and-coming models, as they can rely on the internet to help boost their name.
"After that, I went to New York and met a casting director at Vogue, who introduced me to Anna Wintour. See, it was different back then - you had to meet individual people in the industry one by one until you were recognised by the fashion world. You didn’t have social media to share yourself with people in that way," she added.
"[Social media] has pluses and minuses. Now, as a new model, you don’t even have to have a good portfolio - you just have to have a great Twitter and Instagram. Sometimes now, your success isn’t even based on your body of work."
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