Joanna Krupa (Polish born 23 April 1979) is a Polish American model, actress and animal rights activist. She is mostly known for her appearances on the reality television shows Dancing with the Stars, Top Model, and The Real Housewives of Miami.
Krupa was born in Warsaw, Poland on 23 April 1979. She was raised Roman Catholic. She has a younger sister, Marta, who is also a model. Krupa moved to Illinois with her family at the age of five. In Chicago, she attended Mary Lyon Public School, followed by Steinmetz High School.
Krupa has appeared on magazine covers including Envy, FHM, Personal, Inside Sport, Stuff, Steppin’ Out, Teeze, 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.
She was voted German Maxim’s Model of the Year 2004–2005.
Krupa has also appeared twice on the cover of Playboy. Krupa has also been a lingerie model for Frederick’s of Hollywood. She was a Miss Howard TV model for the month of December 2007.
Krupa was featured on the television show Superstars in June 2009. She and her partner Terrell Owens were eliminated on the first episode. However, because of another team’s injury and disqualification, she and her partner were asked to step in and continue competing.
Having taken ballet lessons as a child, Krupa, along with one-time champion Derek Hough, competed in Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. They were eliminated on 17 November 2009.
In 2004, she starred as Jane Goody in the action film Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon. Its director Albert Pyun said that he did not want Krupa in the film and she was cast only because she was the client of a friend of producer John Laing. Some critics commented positively on her appearance in the film, although still finding her “stiff.”
Since autumn 2010, Krupa has hosted and served as the head judge on the Polish version of Top Model. In 2012, Krupa was announced as one of the new cast members on The Real Housewives of Miami, which premiered on 13 September.
Her sister, Marta, also appears on the show.
Animal rights activism
On 2 December 2009, animal rights organization 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 cross covering her breasts and genitalia.
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.
She posed covered in body paint for PETA in 2015, this time for their campaign to boycott Sea World.
After several years of dating, Krupa became engaged to nightclub owner and businessman Romain Zago in 2010.
They married on 13 June 2013 in Aviara, Carlsbad, California. On 10 July 2017, she filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on 17 August 2017.
The Underground Comedy Movie (1999) (2010 re-issue)
Planet of the Apes (2001), Friend at Leo’s Party
No Shoes, No Mercy (2003), Nurse
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004), as Jane
The Dog Problem (2006), Taffy
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Ripple Effect (2007), Victoria
Skinner Box (2007), Samantha
The Man Show (2002–2003), Juggy Dancer
Las Vegas episode Degas Away with It (2004), Nicole
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode “Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye” (2006), Waitress
Superstars (2009), Herself
Dancing with the Stars (2009), Herself
Million Dollar Challenge (2009), Herself
Poland’s Next Top Model (2010–present), Host & Judge
Szymon Majewski Show (Polish TV talk show) (2010), Herself, Guest Star
The Real Housewives of Miami (2012–2013), Herself
Ridiculousness (2014), Guest Star, Herself