AN INTERVIEW WITH EVA
Her smile is huge, her courtesy is great.
Eva Herzigova, is one of the stars at Metropolitan agency in New York and Paris, has a lot of class. She arrives molded in a very 1950s dress, atop her spiked high heels. Sexy, but barely made up.
She answers our question with great openness while sipping her champagne (“I absolutely love it!”). Her parents, whom she’s invited to join her in France, stop by to see her, and they smile too.
Since 1989, when she left her native Czechoslovakia, Eva has been very successful. The Guess? campaign where she succeeded Claudia, the ads for Studio Line, and the Wonderbra billboards (“Look me in the eyes”) reinforce her image as the new Marilyn. A Marilyn of the ’90s, strong and uncomplicated.
HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN?
Every night I massage my face with a cream that I remove with a sponge to thoroughly clean my skin; then I apply a lotion and a moisturizer.
I rarely do masks because, if I have any extra time, I’d rather spend it with my friends than on myself.
DO YOU EXERCISE?
No, I don’t have time for the gym. But I was very much into sports when I was a child. I was very good at them; I enjoyed winning! I did gymnastics, basketball, track and cross-country skiing. That’s what gave me a good body. I’m going to have to be careful to keep it this way!
DO YOU WATCH YOUR DIET?
I’m lucky, I don’t like sweets, not even chocolate. But I love fish, cheese and meat, and I eat everything, but only in small quantities if it’s rich. I especially love French, Italian and Japanese cuisines.
You know, I’m fascinated with cookbooks; I buy lots of them and leave them in the bathroom (it’s the only time I have to read). But for the time being, I’ve only learned one cake recipe and how to make scrambled eggs. Later, I’ll get into more complicated dishes.
WHAT IS EVA HERZIGOVA’S STANDARD BREAKFAST?
Lots of tea and fruit.
WERE YOU A GOOD STUDENT IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA?
Yes, I was really good in physics and in math. But I regret not having liked history. History is the key to everything: politics, religion, even fashion
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THIS PROFESSION?
By chance. I lived with my family in a mountain village. Litvinov is in northern Czechoslovakia. One day, my parents took us to Prague. We were walking around town when I ran into one of my girlfriends. She said, “Eva, there’s a French agency that’s organizing a modeling contest! Come along ” I hesitated. My sister, who was 19 at the time, was much more beautiful than me. So, why me? But my sister didn’t want to go. I ended up accepting and I won the contest. Six months later I was in Paris. I was 16, and it all started to happen.
WHAT KIND OF TEMPERAMENT MUST ONE HAVE TO BE A MODEL?
You have to be open and kind. We never work more than two days at a time with the same people. We are very isolated, far from boyfriends and friends, so we have to be strong, smart and very professional. If you have these qualities, then you can succeed. Because beauty isn’t enough, there must be something more.
DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST PHOTO SESSION?
Oh yes, I was so embarrassed! I had never been to a modeling school, and I had no idea what the job was about. At the time there were no fashion magazines in Czechoslovakia. All of a sudden, I found myself on a runway, blinded by the lights, and everybody was watching me: the photographer, the stylist, the photographer’s assistant, the stylist’s assistant, the clients, the hairdresser, the makeup artist. I said, “Why are you looking at me like this?” And the photographer answered: “We’re not looking at you. We’re looking at your hair, your clothes; we’re checking the lights.” It didn’t help me to relax, and I felt uncomfortable throughout the entire session.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FIRST SHOOT FOR ELLE?
I remember it, of course. It was in Saint-Tropez, with photographer Steven Silverstein. I was wearing a pretty and very long white petticoat. I was really cute, with my hair all curled up. It was very pleasant. That’s when I discovered Saint-Tropez, and I just fell in love with the place. I love its outdoor cafes. I love the life there, the way people speak. In fact, a little later, my parents and I vacationed there. They loved it, too.
WHICH DO YOU PREFER: A PHOTO SHOOT OR A FASHION SHOW?
I love photo sessions. I’m alone, I’m the queen, everyone’s taking care of me (she laughs). A photo is a creation. I see my face change and, suddenly, I’m someone else. I like it a lot.
SO THE SEXY YOUNG WOMAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ISN’T YOU?
I play a role in front of the cameras, just like in the movies. Actually, I don’t really like being confused with my image. I’m even embarrassed at times when my friends come upon my pictures.
AND YET YOU ARE COMPARED WITH MARILYN MONROE.
Is it because nature was good to me? I have curves, I have breasts.
I didn’t have to undergo reconstructive surgery. For me, it’s a compliment to be compared with Marilyn, the unforgettable actress, the most beautiful one of all. But, curves aside, we have very little in common.
DO YOU HAVE TOP-MODEL GIRLFRIENDS?
We rarely see one another, only twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, during the collections. But it’s nice. It’s our chance to share girl stories: who’s dating whom, who’s doing what.
YOU EARN A LOT OF MONEY. DOESN’T IT ALL GO TO YOUR HEAD?
I’m very serious; I don’t waste my earnings. I put my money in the bank: I have to think of life after modeling, when I’m not famous any more. But I also like to shower my parents with presents. I bought them a beautiful car and a house. I don’t think I ever had a swollen head: I remember where I come from. I talk to my parents every day on the phone–they still live in Litvinov. Speaking with them keeps me firmly grounded: I know how much money they make. My mother’s a secretary; my father’s an electrician in a mining company. The gap between our incomes is so enormous!
YOU TRAVEL A LOT BY PLANE. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO LOOK GOOD WITHALL THESE TIME DIFFERENCES?
I’m lucky, I can sleep from takeoff until we land; so I’m fresh, rested and ready to work on arrival.
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