Petra Nemcova

International Supermodel, Tsunami Survivor & Founder of Happy Hearts Fund

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At the podium, Nemcova shares a passionate story of what the tsunami and her childhood taught her about the preciousness of being and the importance of living in the moment. Audiences will be profoundly affected and forever changed by her powerful and uplifting message that each of us has the choice to learn from hardship and use the experience to help make the most of every day.

Switching gears as quickly as she at times must change wardrobes, the supermodel also discloses the not-so-glamorous side of the fashion industry. From air-brushing to eating disorders and beyond, Nemcova speaks candidly about the realities and the dangers of being in the spotlight.

This tragedy has brought a lot of suffering, but it has brought also a lot of love between people. Every experience has a negative and a positive. It is only up to us what we focus on.

- Petra Nemcova

About Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova is a supermodel with international success. Currently Ambassador to Clinique and Chopard, she has graced campaigns for Cartier, La Perla, Clarins and Lancaster.  She has also worked with Victoria’s Secret, and was the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl.

She is a founder of Happy Hearts Fund (HHF), established in 2005. The non-profit’s mission is to rebuild safe-resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. Petra has been the driving force behind the cause due to her personal experience of surviving the 2004 Tsunami. HHF has helped more than 50,000 children and 500,000 community members thus far and is present in 9 countries including: Thailand, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, United States, Chile, Colombia, Haiti and Philippines. Globally, HHF has rebuilt 113 schools and kindergartens.


Speech Topics

  • A Conversation with Petra Nemcova: My Journey From Supermodel & Survivor to Change Making Philanthropist
  • Model Citizen: Rebuilding Schools & Rebuilding Lives Through the Happy Hearts Fund
  • Surviving a Disaster: Focusing on the Positive in the Face of Hardship

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ABC News: Supermodel Petra Nemcova Brings Education to Earthquake Ravaged Haiti


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Vogue Magazine Reports: Petra Nemcova Will Be on Dancing with the Stars


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