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Hottest European Models - Everyone knows models are hot, but few of us ever stop to learn more than that — and for some reason they’re all from the same place, they’re all European Models. It may come as a surprise that the photogenic babes splashed across magazine covers and billboards have home countries, interests, hobbies, and a life story wholly separate from knockout looks. So today, we will take a look at 15 of Europe’s hottest models, how they got their start, and (in some cases) what their lives consist of while not on runways or behind cameras.

16. Heidi Klum

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No discussion of hot European models would be complete without Heidi Klum, the German beauty who parlayed her stunning looks into success as an actress, businesswoman, TV producer and host, fashion designer, artist, and even singer (an endeavor no doubt helped by her marriage to Seal.) Readers will recognize Klum as the hostess of the wildly successful TV show Project Runway, as well as Germany’s Next Top Model. Her biggest film role to date has been 2006′s The Devil Wears Prada.

15. Filippa Hamilton

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France’s Fillippa Hamilton, 23, is the unmistakable face behind the Ralph Lauren perfume brand “Romance.” Having gotten her start in modeling at just fifteen, Hamilton has been a mainstay at Ralph Lauren since being discovered on the streets of Paris, and projects as a rising star with a bright future in innumerable modeling campaigns for the company in years to come.

14. Naomi Campbell

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This London-born model and design maven got her start at the ripe age of seven, when she appeared in the music video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love?” according to People. Naomi Campbell also holds the distinction of being the first black cover girl for Vogue Paris magazine, as well as British Vogue. Additionally, Campbell is a trained ballet dancer who has collaborated with numerous musical artists including Vanilla Ice. Unfortunately, she is perhaps best known for an ugly incident involving throwing her jewel-encrusted Blackberry phone at one of her maids, resulting in five days of required community service.

13. Jana Cova

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Recognizable from her work in Boss Magazine, Jana Cova hails from the Czech Republic and has made a respectable career for herself in the modeling profession. Having used her green eyes and blonde hair in everything from catalogs to showrooms, Cova is a force to be reckoned with on the international modeling circuit (and quite a catch if you ask us.)

Cova has also performed in a number of adult films that can be read about in detail on her Wikipedia page.

12. Karolina Kurkova

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25 year old supermodel Karolina Kurkova has scored some truly envy-inspiring gigs with the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Balenciago, Ralph Lauren and Chanel. It all started with her youthful entry into the field at 15, when she promptly landed a photo shoot at prestigious Vogue New York. It was all up from there for this blonde bombshell, who has consistently earned top dollars and plush assignments ever since, such as starring in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, according to her website.

11. Kate Moss

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Kate Moss’s $9 million in 2007 earnings ranked her second on Forbeslist of the richest supermodels. With a body that has evoked comparisons to Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, Moss has garnered recognition from around the industry, including an 8th place finish in Maxim’s 50 Sexiest Women of 1999, 8th place in Celebrity Sleuth’s 25 Sexiest Women of 2004, and the Sexiest Woman in Arena’s ceremonial 150th issue. Moss is also known for her numerous celebrity flings (including Johnny Depp) and past cocaine abuse.

10. Julia Stegner

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A native of Munich, Germany, Julia Stegner has graced the cover of Vogue several times in her still-young career. Following her discovery by a talent scout, Stegner relocated to Paris where her modeling career began to take off. She was off to the races after her first appearance on the cover of Elle Magazine, going on to model for D&G, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Victorias Secret and Maybeline, among other big-name retailers.

9. Alessandra Bosco

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A model since the age of five, Italy’s Alessandra Bosco has assembled an impressive resume of magazine appearances, interviews, and fashion spreads in her time as a model. Bosco’s website lists her bikini modeling endeavors and notes that she has also studied hotel management and psychology. Photographers describe Bosco as a “versatile model and a natural talent” who can also sing and act when she is not posing for work-related ventures.

8. Sandra Scholz

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Sweden’s Sandra Scholz has used her scintillating body to sell underwear, swimwear, and various garments for manufacturers including Rolfsson. Additionally, Scholz has posed nude in “body art” presentations on Canary Island and other scenic locales.

7. Malgosia Bela

 

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Poland’s Malgosia Bela first hit the runway in the late 1990′s, and the 32 year old has not lost a step in the years since. Aside from a brief and mostly uncelebrated stint in the Polish film circuit in 2001, Bela’s impressive career includes work with Valentino, Versace, Lanvin, and Louis Vuitton.

6. Ariadne Artiles

 

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Perhaps best known for her work with Abercrombie & Fitch, Ariadne Artiles has had an enviable modeling career that has taken her from Miami to Milan, Germany to Spain, and virtually everywhere in between. A comprehensive list of magazine covers featuring Artiles from 2003 to 2005 can be found on her EuropeModels.com page.

5. Julia Serova

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Lithuania’s Julia Serova has worked primarily with swimwear maker Fianeta since her 2001 entrance into the field, according to the model’s personal website. She has appeared in several magazines, including Cosmopolitan, and her entire portfolio of photographed work can be seen here.

4. Doutzen Kroes

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Hailing from the Netherlands, Doutzen Kroes is one of the rising stars in today’s fashion circuit. Having appeared in magazines ranging from TIME, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and Vogue, Kroes has also been a top model for Victoria’s Secret since 2004 and participated in their fashion show from 2005 through 2008, according to CBS. When asked about her favorite part of the model lifestyle, Kroes cited “the parties [she] gets invited to”, as well as “the places I get to travel.”

3. Daria Werbowy

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AllWomensTalk.com pegged this Polish beauty’s 2006-2007 modeling earnings at a whopping $3.5 million. As they note, the 24 year old’s career has “had its ups and downs”, but we think most aspiring models would sign up for some adversity if it meant eventually scoring lucrative gigs with labels like Pepe Jeans, Valentino, Prada and Chanel.

2. Sasha Pivovarova

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Contrary to popular stereotypes, not every model is stick-thin and bordering on anorexic, Sasha Pivovarova has made a name for herself with a muscular and fit body. The Russian-born model was a late comer to the industry, getting her start in 2005 when a photographer friend snapped a few photos and passed them along to modeling conglomerate IMG, according to Sports37.com.

1. Lily Donaldson

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Lily Donaldson has represented modeling titan IMG across Europe, from London (her hometown) to Paris to to New York to Milan. In addition to her worldly travels, Donaldson is said to be among the highest-paid models today, having parlayed her work with distinguished designers like Luis Vitton and Chanel into enough financial success to purchase a $22 million home in New York, according to her website. Her current work includes campaigns for Burberry, Ralph Lauren, and Mulberry.

And in honor of Lily, check out those she had to beat out to walk the Victoria Secret fashion show…