CZECH SUPERMODEL LINDA V. IS IN THE HOTHOUSE
Personality Snapshots by Jeffrey Slonim
Hot doesn’t begin to describe the sexy, sensual surface smolder of rising supermodel Linda V. (short for Vojtova). But if it weren’t for the 25-year-old Czech model and jewelry designer’s doe-eyed personality, she’d be just another sizzling babe.
We caught up with V. in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, where the hothouse flower was researching the desert-cactus pavilion for her jewelry line, Love Linda Vojtova, produced by her boyfriend, the charmed entrepreneur Jamison Ernest of the Love Universe brand. He also represents Love Genevieve Jones, a Vogue favorite. Ernest has big hair and likely yet another body part of sizable girth, as the pretty gals often fall for Ernest, lead singer in a band called Yellow Fever, and the designer of his own fashion label of the same name.
Like most models, V.’s real-life wardrobe is nondescript. She wears leather Givenchy flats, denim short-shorts, and a gray tank top paired with a tiny pink Jerome Dreyfuss bag over one shoulder.
The career of the Prague protégé was launched by an Elite Model Look contest when she was only 15. After gracing catwalks for Vuitton and Givenchy, she moved to Manhattan at age 16 where she shot her first cover for Elle France. In the last nine years, V. has worked with the world’s top photographers—Meisel, Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Klein, and Sante D’Orazio—and has represented brands Armani, Diesel, and Victoria’s Secret in sizzling ad campaigns. She has also landed in the glossy editorial pages of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, W, and Dazed & Confused. As an “it” model, she has as trotted her hot stuff on runways for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Hermès, Calvin Klein, Dior, Prada, Chloé, and Alexander McQueen.
Meanwhile, V. has crisscrossed the globe. “I’ve shot in the desert many times,” says the worldly mannequin. “When you’re in the Sahara, it’s really dusty and dry. The makeup is melting. But the souks in Morocco are incredible. We went with a producer, who is Moroccan. I bought a carpet, tried lamb’s brain, held monkeys.”
While V. is hot in real life, on many shoots she’s been really, really hot. “I’ve shot in the desert in Palm Springs and Arizona. You start in the morning and you’re freezing, superhot all day—sometimes shooting fur in the middle of the day—and then you’re freezing at night. I’ve pretty much been everywhere in the world besides Australia.”
One of her favorite desert locations was Israel. “The people there are so appreciative of what they have,” she says. “I was there on September 11, 2001. It was scary, but at the same time, people were so joyful, full of life. It really touched me.”
While the life of a hot model sounds desirable, V. mentions that she often travels to paradise only to return shortly after she lands. “It took me 26 hours to get to the Phi Phi islands in Thailand,” she explained. “I’ve never seen ocean like that, mountains full of green. We were shooting there for a French magazine at this gorgeous resort. But I was there for only two days and then had to fly right back to New York.”
The best shoots, of course, mix business with pleasure…and heat. “I was just on this trip in Arizona,” she recalls. “We finished at 3 p.m. and hiked to these natural hot springs. I just love that; Prague is known for its thermal baths.”
So which hot thoughts burn through the model’s mind on the runway? “’Don’t fall,’” claims V. “Many runways are really slippery. And if I’m wearing a bathing suit, it’s: ‘Is everything in place?’”
And where do she and Ernest escape when she’s had enough of the damaged hair from rough treatment backstage? “We go to the Bahamas a lot,” V. tells True Great. “Harbor Island, where there are only golf carts to get around. All you can do is fish and read books, 100 percent rest. One year, we took our moms. And we’ve taken our moms to Greece. Jamison’s mother is very, very Brooklyn, and mine is a supertough lawyer from Prague. We spoil them, play games.”
V. also truly loves animals. Growing up, her family owned a farm outside of Prague. “We had this pig, Mana, that was supersmart, really cute,” she says.
That said, this babe’s last jewelry line wasn’t swine-, but rather, canine-influenced. “It’s all about dogs, bones, paws,” says V. “One necklace looks like a dog leash, so people who love their pets can always have them close at heart.”
Supermodel Linda V., short for Vojtova, has shot with Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, and Sante D’Orazio and has graced the runway for Calvin Klein, Dior, Marc Jacobs, and McQueen.
Written by Jeffrey Slonim
Photography by Patrick McMullan, Amber De Vos, Ryan McCune, Clint Spaulding, & Chance Yeh for Patrick McMullan.com
Design by Marie Havens
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Linda Vojtova, FREE ARTS NYC Annual Art Auction Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, NYC, May 17, 2011, Photography by Amber De Vos for Patrick McMullan.com
Lorenzo Martone, Jeisa Chiminazzo, Andre Leon Talley, & Linda Vojtova, ARC NY Celebrates “The Return of the Supermodels Era” Hosted by Lorenzo Martone with Guest of Honor Andre Leon Talley, The Lambs Club at The Chatwal Hotel, NYC, February 13, 2011, Photography by Clint Spaulding for Patrick McMullan.com
Linda V, DOM PERIGNON closes Fashion Week with a tribute to Andy Warhol, VILLA PACRI NYC, September 16, 2010, Photography by Chance Yeh for Patrick McMullan.com
Exhibition Invite, Supermodel LINDA VOJTOVA Celebrates 10 Years with Exhibit “LOVE LINDA VOJTOVA”, 548 West 22nd St., NYC, February 7, 2011, Photography by Ryan McCune for Patrick McMullan.com
Scott Lipps & Linda Vojtova, Momenti di Emporio Opening Reception, Armani / 5th Avenue, NYC, April 05, 2011, Photography by Clint Spaulding for Patrick McMullan.com
Linda Vojtova, Supermodel LINDA VOJTOVA Celebrates 10 Years with Exhibit “LOVE LINDA VOJTOVA”, 548 West 22nd St., NYC, February 7, 2011, Photography by Ryan McCune for Patrick McMullan.com
Tanya Vojtova (her mother) & Linda Vojtova, Supermodel LINDA VOJTOVA Celebrates 10 Years with Exhibit “LOVE LINDA VOJTOVA”, 548 West 22nd St., NYC, February 7, 2011, Photography by Ryan McCune for Patrick McMullan.com
Linda Vojtova & Kamila S, Red Dress Fashion Show, Studio Noir, Bryant Park, February 6, 2004, Photography by Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan.com