Daily Archives: November 8, 2011
Veronika Vařeková (born 19 June 1977) is a Czech model. Her name in the English language press is often given as Veronica Varekova. A native of Olomouc, Czech Republic, Veronica moved to New York City at the age of 19 to attend the Parsons School of Design. Upon arriving in Manhattan, Veronica met with Next Models at the urging of a close friend, and was signed immediately. With Next Models, Veronica’s career took off, landing her the covers of Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and, the most coveted of all, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her images, taken by some of the world’s most prestigious photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Ellen Von Unsworth,Greg Kadel and Peter Lindbergh, led to starring in campaigns for Gap, Chanel, Guess, Nivea, Escada, Chopard, Pantene, Ungaro, Patek Philip, Hublot andVictoria’s Secret. Veronica also appeared on a number of TV programs, including guest spots on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, CNN, Charlie Rose, Fox and Friendsand more.
A successful and talented model, Veronica’s passions reach beyond the fashion industry as she is an avid painter and involved in the arts. She is also an active person, who can often be found on the golf courses, ski slopes, and tennis courts around the world.Veronica successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008. It was on this trip that she first met with the African Wildlife Foundation team in Tanzania and discovered her passion for wildlife. Turning her focus to philanthropic endeavors, Veronica was recently named one of the first Goodwill Ambassadors to the African Wildlife Foundation in October 2009; in this role, she will aid in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support initiatives focused on conserving large landscapes, protecting endangered species, and empowering local communities working in AWF’s African Heartlands. Additionally, Veronica is a patron volunteer at the SZPD Orphanage in her home town of Olomouc, a role she has held for over five years. Veronica’s resides in New York City, however, spends time in Prague to be close to family and friends. Vařeková has appeared in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated a total of eight times: 1999-2002 and 2004-2007. She appeared on the cover in 2004. In addition to SI, Vařeková has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and became the face of NIVEA. Other contracts include Guess?, Chanel, Pantene, and Newport News. She has been a cover girl for Marie Claire, Harpers & Queen and Cosmopolitan.
Tarkan Tevetoğlu was born 17 October 1972 (age 39), simply known as Tarkan, is a World Music award winning Turkish pop singer. He was born in Alzey, West Germany, and raised in Turkey. Tarkan has been known for the use of sexual and romantic themes in his work and has been nicknamed the “Prince of Pop” by the media. He has released several platinum-selling albums during his career, with an estimated 29 million albums and singles sold. He also produces music through his company HITT Music, which he established in February 1997. One of a few European singers that has managed to span chart success over three continents without singing in English, the artist is also noted for his live stage performances. Tarkan’s effect on Turkey has been compared by The Washington Post as analogous to Elvis in America circa 1957 and Atlantic Records co-founderAhmet Ertegün described him as one of the best live performers he had ever seen. He has also been listed byRhapsody as a key artist in the history of European pop music, with his signature song “Şımarık” as a keystone track that moved the genre forward.