Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa Benchwarmer 2008.jpg
Krupa hosting the Benchwarmer Holiday Party in Hollywood, California on 9 December 2008
Born (1979-04-23) 23 April 1979 (age 43)
OccupationActress, model, activist
Years active1994–present
Romain Zago
(m. 2013; div. 2017)
Douglas Nunes
(m. 2018)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
AgencyAvant Management

Joanna Krupa (Polish pronunciation: [jɔˈanːa ˈkrupa]; born 23 April 1979) is a Polish-born American model, actress and animal rights activist. She is known internationally as the host and head judge of Polish Top Model as well as for appearances on reality television shows Dancing with the Stars and The Real Housewives of Miami.

Early life

Krupa was born in Warsaw, in the then Polish People's Republic, on 23 April 1979. She was raised Roman Catholic.[1] She has a younger sister, Marta, who is also a model.[2] Krupa moved to Illinois with her family at the age of five. In Chicago, she attended Mary Lyon Public School, Glenbard East High School, followed by Steinmetz High School.[citation needed]


Joanna Krupa on the runway, 2008
Joanna Krupa on the runway, 2008

Krupa has appeared on magazine covers including FHM, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin' Out, Shape and Maxim, in which she was named the Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World. Maxim named her #55 in its 2011 Hot 100 ranking of the world's hottest women.[3] She was voted German Maxim's Model of the Year 2004–2005. Krupa has also appeared twice on the cover of Playboy and graced the covers of the South African edition of GQ and the Polish editions of Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Glamour and Grazia.

Having taken ballet lessons as a child,[4] Krupa, along with six-time champion Derek Hough, competed in Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.[5][6]

Since 2010, Krupa hosts and serves as the head judge on the Polish version of Top Model.[7][8][9][10]

Animal rights activism

On 2 December 2009, animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a print ad campaign for dog adoption featuring Krupa as an angel floating in a Catholic church filled with dogs and holding a crucifix covering her breasts and genitalia.[11][12][13][14] Krupa had previously appeared in a PETA ad campaign against the use of natural fur. In an April 2009 cover story with Aventura Business Monthly, Krupa said she was first motivated to promote PETA when she saw video of animals being skinned alive for their fur in China.[15] She posed covered in body paint for PETA in 2015, this time for its campaign to boycott SeaWorld.[16] She also founded an animal rescue group, Angels For Animal Rescue, with her friend Gabi Gutierrez.[17]

Personal life

After several years of dating, Krupa became engaged to nightclub owner and businessman Romain Zago in 2010.[18] They married on 13 June 2013 in Aviara, Carlsbad, California.[19] On 10 July 2017, she filed for divorce.[20][21] The divorce was finalized several weeks later on 17 August.[22][23] On March 25, 2018, she announced her engagement to Douglas Nunes on Instagram. They married on 4 August 2018 in a private ceremony at the Benedictine Abbey in Kraków, Poland.[24][25] They welcomed daughter Asha-Leigh Nunes on November 2, 2019.

Dancing with the Stars results

Krupa on the red carpet at the Miami International Film Festival in 2012
Krupa on the red carpet at the Miami International Film Festival in 2012
Week # Dance Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa "Meddle" 8 8 8 Safe
Foxtrot "The Best Is Yet to Come" Awarded 10 Points Added to Week 1 Score
2 Jive "What I Like About You" 6 7 * 7 Safe
3 Samba "La Bomba" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Lambada "Dançando Lambada" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango "Whatever Lola Wants" ** 8 8 8 Safe
6 Waltz "Be Here To Love Me" 8 9 9 Safe
Mambo "Ran Kan Kan" Awarded 10 Points Added to Week 6 Score
7 Rumba "The Look of Love" 9 9 9 Safe
Tango "You Give Love a Bad Name" 9 9 10 Added to Week 7 Score
8 Quickstep "Valerie" 8 7 8 Safe
Paso Doble "Living on Video" 9 10 10
9 Viennese Waltz "Hallelujah" 9 9 9 Eliminated
Cha-Cha-Cha "Can't Get You Out of My Head 9 9 9
Salsa "La Luz del Ritmo" 9 9 9

^* Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2, the 7 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.
^** Due to illness Derek Hough was unable to perform; Joanna Krupa performed this dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.




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  5. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
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  8. ^ "Ruszył "Top Model"!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Ruszyły castingi do II edycji Top Model! Oto szczegóły!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Nowy skład jury "Top Model" po raz pierwszy razem. Galeria!". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
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  13. ^ "PETA Defends Playboy Model in Angel Pose Ad – Washington Whispers". 24 December 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
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  19. ^ Johnson, Zach (13 June 2013). "Joanna Krupa Marries Romain Zago in $1 Million "Princess Wedding"". Us Weekly. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  20. ^ Schnurr, Samantha (10 July 2017). "Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago File for Divorce". E!. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
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  24. ^ "Joanna Krupa on Instagram: "We did it ! @nunes451... dress @sylwiaromaniukcouture @ewa_pieczarka @malgorzata_urbanska_mua @justyna_bulinska #krakow #tyniec it was a…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 26 December 2021. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
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