03:41 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 04/20/2011 01:45PM
In most competitions, your competitors usually want to see you fail – unless, that is, you are Petra Nemcova.
While the quickstep proved a giant misstep this week for the Dancing with the Stars contestant, her fellow cast members had nothing but glowing praise for the supermodel and tsunami survivor who has dedicated her life to charity work.
"I don't know how to take [her elimination], because I love her," former rival Kirstie Alley told PEOPLE shortly after the announcement of Tuesday night's results. "She's the sweetest, most amazing, bright spirit in the universe."
Nemcova's spirit proved infectious – even at the lowest of times on the show.
Originally posted 04/19/2011 10:10PM
After a night of patriotic performances, three couples – Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel, Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplan – were tied at the bottom of the leader board with just 22 points a piece when the confetti settled on Dancing with the Stars Monday.
In the end, Petra Nemcova was eliminated.
The supermodel was joined in jeopardy Tuesday night by Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke and Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
"It's been a life-changing journey," she said after the decision was announced, "and I've made amazing friends. So many people got inspired because of ... Dancing with the Stars."
Originally posted 04/19/2011 07:00PM
It was a rough outing in the ballroom for three couples who competed on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.
Kendra Wilkinson, Petra Nemcova and Ralph Macchio each received scores of 22, putting them in a tie for last place.
Nemcova, 31 – who has lasted longer than the four other supermodel competitors on the show in the past – doesn't believe in what is considered "the supermodel curse." So, does she deserve another chance to prove that the supposed curse is wrong?
Originally posted 04/16/2011 11:00AM
Has Petra Nemcova broken the Dancing with the Stars supermodel curse?
"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.
Originally posted 04/12/2011 01:40PM
Can you blame her for being suspicious?
After taking a tumble on Dancing with the Stars last week, Kirstie Alley had another unfortunate mishap on Monday night when her shoe came off during a waltz with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
"I do think it's a conspiracy," the actress told PEOPLE after the show. "I think that the other girls came into my dressing room and tampered with my shoe. And I'm not going to name any names ... Petra [Nemcova]."
Though Alley was joking, she spoke seriously about their routine, which earned her 22 points out of 30 – and compliments from the judges.
Originally posted 03/12/2011 03:00PM
Petra Nemcova knows all too well what it's like to live through a natural disaster.
On Friday, after a devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated Japan, Nemvoca, who survived the 2004 disaster in Thailand, says it's difficult for her to watch the news coverage.
"It's very hard to look ... at those videos," the model and Dancing with the Stars contestant tells Access Hollywood. "Seeing people trying to escape from their cars and knowing this can be prevented. I think it's such a crime not to have disaster preparedness in curriculums."
Originally posted 01/07/2011 03:40PM
Model Petra Nemcova has found love again: She's engaged to British actor Jamie Belman, PEOPLE confirms.
"Petra and Jamie are delighted to announce their engagement after a whirlwind 8 month romance," the rep said in a statement.
The couple, who were introduced by mutual friends, spent Christmas together celebrating with their families and have not yet set a date or location for the wedding.
Originally posted 02/25/2008 08:20AM
Less than two months after he announced his separation from his wife of 11 years, Sean Penn hit Sunday night's Oscar party circuit with a new blonde beauty on his arm: model Petra Nemcova.
Originally posted 02/08/2008 12:45PM
SPOTTED: An apologetic Petra Nemcova, making a dash from the security check line to her Virgin America airlines gate at New York's JFK Airport, where she apologized profusely before boarding an early morning flight to San Francisco.
The stunning supermodel, in jeans, black boots and a black coat, was carrying an oversized silver tote, and another black purse when she arrived just before 7 a.m. She repeatedly said "sorry" to a Virgin America agent after missing several final boarding calls asking for "Passenger Petra Nemcova." (The agent even went as far as to check the security line and walkie-talkie someone to ask where Nemcova was.)
– Tiffany McGee
Originally posted 07/12/2007 06:00AM
Petra Nemcova, celebrating the launch of Justin Timberlake's William Rast clothing line at the Harvey Nichols store in London. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, Timberlake, his mother Lynn Harless, and Nemcova's fellow supermodel Lily Cole were also on hand for the bash.
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