Eva Herzigova My thought elegance authentic
As she moves into her 40s, supermodel Eva Herzigova continues to captivate - while resisting the lure of the needle or knife. She tells Bella Blissett why �flashy femininity� is not for he
'I was asked to go to Paris - quite a proposal for me in the Communist era!
There was a time when models were considered over the hill by the time they reached 30. Modelling was a whippersnapper�s game.
But then fashion hadn�t reckoned on the power of the 1990s supermodels, including Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen and Eva Herzigova, whose luscious locks and strong, lean limbs defined the aspirational aesthetic of the time. Now, 20 years later, they�re back, showcasing a more subtle, grown-up kind of beauty and a physically fuller, empowered version of femininity that refuses to see getting older as a cue to retire quietly. And leading the charge is Eva - who at 40 has recently become the face of Dior�s Capture Totale DreamSkin
�In the past few years, beauty has been�exposed. It was immature and more about flashy femininity. Today, my idea of beauty is more sophisticated - casual, authentic, confident. There�s an intelligence and a timelessness to it,� she say
ALL ABOUT E
Motto �With age, we become rigid. [Photographer] Helmut Newton told me that being flexible would keep me young.
On my bedside table �Cookbooks. Cooking reminds me of families and happy reunions
Favourite song �Anything by Janis Jopli
Childhood dream �To be a tourist guide, because we have so many castles in my count
Biggest luxury �I love my bed. That and some lovely Dior Eau Noire candles to help me relax.�
Watching her on set, it�s clear that there�s a master at work. Added to those high, slanting Czech cheekbones is an aura, a strength. At 5ft 11in, Eva also has an inside leg measurement that most of us would kill for. She has obviously aged since those magazine covers of the 90s, but, if anything, she looks better. So, of course, I have to ask her
She has worried that the cynical among us will roll our eyes when she says she�s genuinely a fan of Dior skincare. Yet Eva and that most classically French brand go back a long way. �The first time I went to Paris, I went to buy a Dior eye cream. I was so young that the assistants in the store said, �It�s not for you, madame. It�s for ladies of 35 and over.� And I said I didn�t care - I just wanted it!� she laughs. �Now their Capture Totale DreamSkin is my new favourite discovery - it feels incredible on the skin. I�ve really noticed my complexion looking brighter and smoother since I began u
ng it.� Surgery, though, is not for her - she prefers �authenticity and individuality� when it comes to beauty. �Cosmetic surgery is being used in a way that�s too exaggerated for my taste. People don�t realise how unnatural they look,� she says. �I don�t try to look or be like anyone else. Because as time passes, I realise that I�m fine as I am. I think I feel good about myself because I feel good ab
t my life.� This body-confident, can-do attitude undoubtedly played a part in her acceptance into the upper echelons of supermodeldom. Dubbed the �Marilyn of the 90s� for her blonde-bombshell hair and killer curves, she shot to fame at the age of 21 in that 1994 Wonderbra advert, which featured her cleavage and the sloga
As lingerie legend has it, not only did people crash their cars when they passed the billboards, but a record-breaking million bras were sold, and the controversial image was named the most iconic outdoor advertisement of all time in a 2011 public poll. Since then, her image has been emblazoned across the covers of international magazines. Working with the industry�s most influential fashion photographers, she has
so chalked up an impressive number of designer adverts and catwalk appearances - Chanel, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton and Chopar
to name a few. In 2003, though, the world was stunned by a photograph of the shrunken supermodel as she left a charity event in New York looking exhausted and worryingly skinny. Immediately the gossipmongers set to work. Was she partying too hard? Had she developed an eating disorder? She denied all of the above, claiming it was just a case of losing her teenage puppy fat. But it�s taken a long time for the speculat
to go away.
Clockwise from above: the infamous underwear ad; out and about in Italy last May with husband Gregorio Marsiaj and sons, and modelling for Dio
Since then, though, she seems to have found a happy medium. That sense of feeling content with her life shines through now that she�s settled and in love. After her two-year marriage to Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres ended in 1998, she met Italian multimillionaire Gregorio Marsiaj, and they m
ried in 2006. �I saw him from afar when my plane to New York was grounded in Italy. He caught my attention and it was a beautiful moment - my heart was beating really hard and I couldn�t breathe,� she laughs. �What�s the secret to a perfect relationship? It�s a mystery to me! I think with us it�s chemistry - many little things and many little words at important moments. The fact that we don�t see each other every day saves us, I th
� she laughs.
�It�s the way he says, �Go, go work, we�re going to be together for ever.� It�s that kind of assurance that this is not just some joke relationship.� The pair now live in Chelsea, London, with their three sons, George, six, Philipe, two, and Edward, who was born
n April last year. �My children are multilingual and have experienced many different cultures. It�s about as different as you can get from my own childhood, growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia where there was no freedom of expression,� she says, remembering the isolation of life in Litvinov - a small mountain town where she lived with her father Jiri, a coalmining technician, mother Eva, a secretar
and her siblings. At 16, Eva visited Prague, tagging along with a friend who wanted to enter a beauty contest. But it was Eva who, deciding to leave, was chased down the hall by the owner of a French modelling agency. �I was asked to go to Paris - quite a proposal for me during the Communist era. It took six months to get permission to go from the government. Two months later, after my arrival in Paris, the Velvet Revolution took place and everything changed. But I still refer to the Czech Republic as my home.� Eva is the Face of Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin, �79, Dior counters
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Since then, her high-flying modelling career has taken her to all corners of the earth - yet her bond with her homeland and family, who still live there, is as strong as ever. She thinks her upbringing prepared her for the life that was to come. �I grew up with a very strong emphasis on sport and discipline and on giving your best in everything you choose to do. My mum was also very proper - washing. ironing and all that. Everything had to be clean! I think all these values stopped me from taking a wrong turn in adolescence, when everything seems difficult and you are struggling to find your place
the world,� she says. Her childhood certainly seems to have instilled her with the resilience required for life in the media spotlight. While other celebrities have succumbed to the pressure of pinging back into shape within weeks of giving birth, she embraced life post pregnancy - and learned from it. �Becoming a mother changed me for ever,� she says. �I took the view that you just have
o give your body time.� So Eva goes for the odd run when she has time. Today she is sipping a home-made juice of lemon, cucumber and celery (she generally steers clear of tea and coffee) and tucks into a bowl of pasta at lunchtime. She also admits that she�s a sucker for having w
pped cream with pudding. She is, however, �obsessed� with looking after her skin. She never puts her face in the sun, and cleanses morning and night with �super-cold water. I don�t know if it has anything to do with it, but people always say that I have very white eyes!� Thanks to weekly manicures and Dior�s Cr�me Abricot Nail Cr�me, which she carries everywhere, she looks immaculately groomed - in an understated way. And she smells divine, too, all cosy and vanilla-ery - a blend of various scents th
she created for herself. A slick of Rouge Dior Lipstick and some smudgy black eyeliner does the trick for evenings. Simple, sophisticated and a far cry from the �fashion faux pas of the 90s�, she says with a mock shudder. �There was my blue-eyeshadow period,� she laughs. �I wore nothing but blue eyeshadow, neon-fuchsia lipstick and strong blush - I loved it!� She�s still friends with her fellow �supers� (�Naomi [Campbell] is, like, for ever - she�s a great friend�). Backstage at the spring/summer 2014 catwalk shows, �90s supermodel strength� was the buzz phrase repeated by hair stylists and make-up artists. Clearly the �supers� are as influenti
as ever - they�ve just grown up. Eva is currently channelling celebrated 20th-century French writer and playwright Fran�oise Sagan as her fashion muse. She likes the combination of glamorous allure and rebellious androgyny that Sagan embodied. For red-carpet events, Eva will usually pick something from McQueen. But on regular days, she will simply throw on some boyfriend-style trousers with moccasins and a floaty, feminine top - a look that�s much mo
suited to her current lifestyle. After years of living the itinerant life of a model, Eva is pursuing other interests, alongside her work with Dior. Following on from film roles in Guardian Angels with G�rard Depardieu (1995) and as Picasso�s wife Olga in the 2004 movie Modigliani, Eva has recently finished filming Cha Cha Cha - the story of two women who fall in love with the same man. And she�ll be a judge on the
talian version of Project Runway. Behind the camera, she�s constantly taking pictures and devouring books on architecture and design. Then there�s her support of Unicef and Swab a Cheek, Save a Life, the world�s larg
bone-marrow donor organisation.
'My children are multilingual and have experienced many different cultures. It's about as different as you can get from my own childhood, gro
up in Communist Czechoslovakia'
Crikey - how does she juggle all that with looking after three young sons? �Organisation is the key word here,� she says, opening her handbag to reveal an emergency stash of crisps, some Czech sweets and two mobile phones. �With children, everything is a surprise and so much of a challenge.� She might get up early, prepare the children�s breakfast, drive them to school and then race back home to reply to work emails. On weekends they�ll make pizza together, visit London�s foodie hotspot Borough Market or go to the cinema
It�s all rather touchingly ordinary. As the photo shoot is declared a wrap and she transforms from Eva the model to Eva the mum, she slips on her Dior pumps and dashes for the door. Mother, muse and entrepreneur - this is one 40-year-old
ermodel whose best is yet to come.
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