Just because you have a little bit of success it shouldn’t change the person you once where, you should always remember where you came from.” Joanna Krupa talks candidly about fashion, hard work and what inspires her.
Joanna Krupa is the type of woman that turns heads when she walks into a room. Originally from Poland, the model, actress, TV personality, animal rights activist and the brand ambassador of Esotiq has overcome countless obstacles to become one of most searched women on Google. So what is it exactly that sets her apart? A relentless work-ethic to start with. With more than 100 magazine covers to date, a hosting gig on Poland’s Next Top Model under her belt and recognition as one of The Real Housewives of Miami, Krupa is well on her way to becoming a household name, if she isn’t already.
How did you first get into modelling?
I’d always dreamt of being a model, but it didn’t become a reality until I moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20. I had a very tough time for 2/3 years before really getting my chance in the modelling world. No one wanted to hire me. I was too short, too sexy, too voluptuous. I’m not your typical high fashion model so I had to concentrate on the more commercial side, like covers, before finding my niche.
How many covers have you done?
To be honest I haven’t counted all the covers that I’ve done, but I would guess over 100 worldwide. Which I’m very proud of because launching my career was very hard. To accomplish so many covers back to back was already a dream come true, everything that happened after was just a bonus.
To accomplish so many covers back to back was already a dream come true, everything that happened after was just a bonus.
You were named one of the Top 25 Sexiest Women in the World by Playboy in 2009. How did that feel?
In the entertainment business, it’s a very humbling experience. It’s something women dream of and don’t always have the chance to turn into reality. One of my biggest gigs was when Playboy approached me to do their celebrity US cover. Before that a lot of my work had been done abroad.
Can you describe your ideal man?
Well, my type is obviously my husband Romain. For me the most important thing is heart, someone that is a good person, loves animals like I do and just makes me laugh. Life is so short, you need to enjoy it. You need somebody you can laugh with and have fun with.
You were born in Warsaw, but have spent most of your life in the States. Do you identity more with Poland or America?
I moved to the States when I was 5 years old but grew up in a very polish family. I feel I am 100% a Polish girl. I’m very proud of my Polish roots. My mum and dad always raised me to remember where I came from.
What inspires you?
My passion is definitely animals, and my family. I love my work, but I like to keep my work to when I’m working. When I’m not, I love to dedicate my time to something in my life. I have to have things going on, I can’t sit around watch TV all day and do nothing. I’m a go-getter.
When was your love of animals born?
Growing up no one really told me ‘You have to love animals’. They are defenseless and that’s why I felt at such a young age that it was my mission to be their voice and to do whatever I can as one person to try to bring some change to the world.
Can you tell us about your experience with The Real Housewives of Miami?
I’m very appreciative to the show. There are obviously some moments I wasn’t proud of but sometimes when you are in a room with people who want to hurt you and say mean things about you, you are going to want to defend yourself. I don’t regret it. Everything I’ve done in my life is a learning experience. A new chapter.
Everything I’ve done in my life is a learning experience. A new chapter.
What did your experience teach you?
Definitely don’t drink more than you can handle. I’m a lightweight and I have a big personality, so if somebody says something to me that’s going to get me going then I will definitely make it a bit bigger. I definitely learned to not do that anymore. I’ve learnt to control myself when it comes to those situation.
How has you style changed over time?
My style has changed so much. When I look back even ten years from now, I’m like ‘Oh my god, what was I thinking!’ It’s funny to go back and look at the photos. We all change, we grow up and our style changes. Now, my style is more classic. It’s definitely sexy but not cheesy. I’m not into a lot of accessories, so I usually just go for shoes, a handbag, maybe a ring. I don’t like over the top, I’m more… simple.
Online shopping is definitely the bomb. You don’t have to worry since you know you are going to get the quality in the photo. It makes you feel confident.
Are you a fan of online shopping?
I usually wait until the last minute to do any shopping. I love online shopping. That’s why Luisa Via Roma is amazing, because they have all types of prices, from the more affordable to the more expensive high end luxurious brands. Online shopping is definitely the bomb. You don’t have to worry since you know you are going to get the quality in the photo. It makes you feel confident.
Special thanks to: Joanna Krupa – Avant Models
Producer: Anna Puslecka – AP MEDIA www.apmedia.com.pl
Styling: Dorota Williams
Hair: Bartek Janusz
Make up: Malgorzata Urbanska
Location: Club Syreni Spiew / Warsaw
Photo: R. Biedermann / P. Mackiewicz / afeos.pl
This interview has been edited and condensed.