Have you ever experienced your own Christmas story with a happy ending?
This is related to the Foundation. In the early years, when we held the charity event called The Tree of Wishes, kids from children’s homes would come to Prague just before Christmas to pick up their presents. And during the closing evening, two siblings who had grown up apart in different homes, met for the first time in their lives. This moment was so emotional and touching that we began to persuade the directors of the homes to allow these two to stay together. We managed to make this happen at last.
What is the Christmas diet of a model like? Have you ever sinned with food?
I have to admit that, while I was modelling, I kept a very careful eye on my Mum as to how much sugar she used for the Christmas goodies… but now, after having three children, I don’t care.
What is your Christmas Eve like? Where will you spend it this year?
This year we’ll be in Bodrum, Turkey, with my husband’s family. But that won’t stop us from having a Czech Christmas! We’re taking all the ingredients with us, including Moravian pickled gherkins and our mayonnaise for the salad.
Can you tell us more about the Christmas traditions you keep? What can be found on your Christmas Eve table?
The tradition is Grandma-style confectionery, fish and potato salad. We’ll pack a bottle of Czech champagne and we’ll sing Czech carols.
What was the year 2016 like for you? What do you consider your greatest success?
No matter how difficult the political and economic situation may have been, this has been an unforgettable year for me personally: I got married in October.
What are your plans for next year?
We’re looking forward to the third edition of the Teribear moves Prague and Teribear moves Mladá Boleslav events. A great achievement is how well the collaboration with ŠKODA went this year; we hope it will be just as good in 2017.
What do you wish for yourself, your loved ones and everyone around you in 2017?
It seems to me the whole world is somehow unsettled, people are struggling to find common ground and understanding. Which is why I always remember this quote from The Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” So I wish that everybody manages to see this.