The Petra Nemcova was in Khao Lak, Thailand with her boyfriend and photographer, Simon Atlee on 26th December 2004 when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami struck. Her boyfriend had drowned and she had suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries. She managed to hold on a palm tree for eight hours until Thai civilians rescued her and airlifted her to an inland hospital.
She was engaged to the investment banker, Alejandro Grimaldi from 2017-2018. Later in 2019, she got married to the French-Venezuelan entrepreneur, Benjamin Larretche with whom she has a child. She was born on 24th June in 1979 in Karvina, Czechoslovakia. She is multilingual and can speak in French, Italian, English, Slovak, Czech, and Polish.
She has been scouted on the streets of Prague by NEXT Model Management and then, she moved to Milan. In 1995, she took part in Czech Elite Model Look and won it and after that, she returned to Milan.
She has been featured in several campaigns for Cartier, Hewlett Packard, Bulgari, La Perla, Passport, Playtex, Victoria’s Secret, Intimissimi, Fortunoff, La Senza, Pantene, Maidenform, etc. She has graced several international magazine covers of Figaro, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Flare, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro, Shape, Sports Illustrated, etc.
She has walked for designers like Marina Babini, Matthew Williamson, Gai Mattiolo, Yumi Katsura, Lolita Lempicka, Michiko Koshino, etc. In 2003, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and she also appeared in 2002-2006 editions. In 2001, she appeared on the television series, Absolutely Fabulous.
She also served as a judge of the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition. She took part in the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars partnered with Dmitry Chaplin and they were eliminated in the 4th week.
In 2005, she founded the Happy Hearts Fund which is a charitable organization and campaign formed after the 2004 tsunami, and in late 2017, this organization merged with the non-profit organization, All Hands Volunteers, and created All Hands And Hearts – Smart Response.