Paulina Porizkova is a Czechoslovakian model and actress, who, at the age of eighteen years, she became the first woman from Eastern Europe to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swim-suit issue.
She was a judge on the reality competition America's Next Top Model from seasons 10-12, but was fired for reportedly being "hard to work with".
Porizkova has graced the covers of magazines worldwide for more than a decade. She began modeling at the age of 15 and quickly rose to the top of her profession.
She segued into acting in the title role of Anna, written by Agnieska Holland and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, which garnered her wide critical acclaim. She next starred opposite Tom Selleck in Her Alibi, directed by Bruce Beresford.
She appeared in a co-starring role in Arizona Dreams, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Emir Kusturica.
After taking some time off to start a family, Porizkova returned to the movies with Female Perversions, starring Tilda Swinton. She then starred in Dana Lustig's Wedding Bell Blues, with Julie Warner and Ileana Douglas, followed by Skip Woods' Thursday with Aaron Eckhart and Thomas Jane.
Porizkova also starred in Long Time Since, directed by Jay Anania. Thursday and Long Time Since both screened in the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.
After taking another break to have her second child, Porizkova made her return to the screen appearing in L'Interne, which was an Official 2000 Sundance Film Festival Selection.
She also starred in After the Rain, written by Jerome Ehlers and produced by Jackie O'Sullivan; Nearest to Heaven, directed by Tonie Marshall; People I Know, alongside Al Pacino; Second Best with Joe Pantoliano, and the independent comedy Knots, with John Stamos.
Porizkova was also seen on Dancing with the Stars. She also wrote the novel A Model Summer for Hyperion books.
Porizkova lives with her family in New York City.