Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
04/15/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT
Has Petra Nemcova broken the Dancing with the Stars
"What curse?" Nemcova says, smiling and shrugging her shoulders. "I don’t think about that."
Now entering her fifth week of competition, the 5'11" Nemcova has officially lasted longer than any other of her leggy model predecessors who performed on past seasons of the show, including Paulina Porizkova, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland and Josie Maran.
"You can look at it in different ways," says Nemcova, 31. "Perhaps Dmitry (Chaplin, her pro partner on DWTS
) knows how to work with tall people."
For someone who walks and poses for a living, Nemcova says her progression on the dance floor "is a miracle."
"I am learning how to move my body to music and it's very hard work but it's very rewarding," she says. "I was worried in the beginning because I was unbalanced, un-centered, uncoordinated. I couldn't do two things at once. But now when I do it, it feels so amazing."