If there’s one thing you should know about #BlogHer, it’s that we seriously stan multi-faceted women — and Marie Forleo and Karolina Kurkova are no exception. These two #WinningWomen are pioneers in their industries, contagiously optimistic, and all-around women we want to emulate. We are so pleased to welcome these two ground-breaking, barrier-bashing, glass-ceiling smashing women to the #BlogHer20 Healthy at Home fam.
Marie Forleo is a Jersey girl who started out with nothing more than passion, her laptop, and a dream — much like so many of our incredible community members. Her book, “Everything is Figureoutable,” was an instant New York Times best-seller — not to mention my new mantra. She’s created a booming digital business, hosts her own TV show and podcast, and best of all, she hasn’t lost sight of her vision along the way. Marie is passionate about empowering women to get after their dreams and achieve their goals — and we cannot wait to get inspired by her on May 20th.
Karolina Kurkova is equally impressive and unstoppable. While she’s best known as being “one of the last true supermodels,” (casual, right?) Karolina has additionally established herself as an incredibly savvy businesswoman, entertainment icon, and even dabbles in holistic healing. Put all of these traits together and you get Gryph and IvyRose, Karolina’s brand of child and family products ranging from skin products to herbal elixirs and probiotics. On top of all of this, Karolina is also a philanthropist — her recent Billie Blooms x Karolina Kurkova initiative was created to produce sustainable cloth masks for purchase and donation to Feeding America, ensuring as many people as possible can protect themselves from COVID-19.
We could not be more excited to welcome these two powerhouses to our lineup of incredible #BlogHer speakers. Join us for #BlogHer20 Healthy at Home on May 20th for a day of inspiration and information for anyone looking to healthify their lives while in quarantine!
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
A born-and-raised Jersey girl with nothing more than passion, a laptop, and a dream, Marie Forleo has created a socially conscious digital empire that inspires millions across the globe. Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, she’s the star of the award-winning show MarieTV, with over 55 million views, and host of The Marie Forleo Podcast, with fifteen million downloads. Marie has taught entrepreneurs, artists, and multi-passionate go-getters from all walks of life how to dream big and back it up with daily action to create results. She runs the acclaimed business training program B-School. Her recent book, “Everything is Figureoutable” was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Learn more at www.MarieForleo.com.
Often called one of the last true supermodels, the Czech-born Karolina Kurkova has established herself as a fashion and entertainment icon and savvy businesswoman, most notably gracing best-selling covers of fashion magazines worldwide, starring in numerous high-fashion campaigns, co-starring in a hit film franchise, and parlaying her talent into the world of fashion TV.
After being spotted by a model scout in 1999, Kurkova was signed to an exclusive Prada/Miu Miu contract. Soon after, she became the youngest model to grace the cover of American Vogue at age 16, and was lauded as the “next supermodel” by its famed editor Anna Wintour. Wintour isn’t the only one applauding Kurkova. Photographer Mario Testino has said, “The proportions of her body and her face, as well as her energy level, make her a model who could fit almost into any moment,” and designer Marc Jacobs has been quoted saying, “She has an angelic look with a dark side. She’s sweet and fun, but looks like she could be an evil bewitching child.”
The appearance on the cover of American Vogue gained her momentum as a worldwide phenomenon, with covers of French, German, Spanish and Australian Vogue, not to mention a first-time-ever series of British Vogue covers following in close succession. Kurkova went on to grace the covers of every major worldwide fashion publication- from W and Harper’s Bazaar to Numero, international Marie Claire and i-D. In 2004, Kurkova crossed over into men’s magazines, gracing the cover of GQ’s “Summer Beach Issue”. In her first few years of modeling alone, Kurkova was featured on no less than 52 covers. Magazines know that Kurkova’s covers will sell. Her November 2011 Vogue Brazil cover was the magazine’s highest-selling issue ever. This record was formerly held by Gisele Bundchen. Kurkova has worked with the who’s who of top photographers in the fashion industry, including: Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Michael Thompson, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Irving Penn, David Simms, Steven Klein, David Bailey, Arthur Elgort, Nathaniel Goldberg, Elaine Constantine, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and David LaChapelle.
Kurkova has expanded into the business world, proving to be a natural entrepreneur. Since she was 19 years old, Kurkova has been experimenting with alternative and holistic practices, which has formed her belief that beauty and well-being starts from the inside out. Her travel and experiences along with her constant drive to evolve and learn has affected the way she raises her children, introducing them early to healthy foods and habits and always searching out the best ingredients in products. Through her own thirst for continued knowledge, she found herbalist Orion Nevel & Rachel Finger and a natural partnership to create Gryph & IvyRose with the goal of creating pure, functional products for children. Additionally, she recently collaborated with Cybex Strollers to create an eco-friendly yet stylish line of children’s mobility products.
Additionally, she has starred in fashion and beauty campaigns for internationally iconic clients such as, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana/ D&G, Versace/ Versus, Christian Dior beauty, Tommy Hilfiger, MaxMara, Saks Fifth Avenue, Anne Klein, Victoria’s Secret, Missoni, Blumarine, Giuseppe Zanotti, IWC and Jean Paul Gaultier, to name a few. She has also made over 400 runway appearances for such diverse designers as Michael Kors, Helmut Lang, Donna Karan, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein. Kurkova was chosen to wear the $15 million jeweled Fantasy Bra for Victoria’s Secret in 2002 and she also appears in the prestigious Pirelli calendar.
In 2009, Kurkova crossed-over into the entertainment world, making her big screen debut in the summer blockbuster, “G.I Joe: The Rise of the Cobra”. She went on to guest-star on the NBC television series “Chuck” and “30 Rock”, CBS’s “Person of Interest”, and produced/starred in the 2012 German fashion reality TV series entitled ‘The Perfect Model’. Most recently Kurkova joined fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha as coaches/mentors on Oxygen’s first season of the reality series, The Face, which premiered February 2013. With Kurkova’s guidance, a model from her team went on to win the entire competition.
Kurkova has been honored for her impressive achievements, including being named one of the world’s “50 Most Beautiful People” twice by People Magazine and remains the youngest model ever to win ‘Model of the Year’ at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007, and in July of that year, Kurkova was listed by Forbes as one of the top-earning supermodels in the world. In 2012 Karolina was honored as “Style Icon” at the Vienna Awards for Fashion & Lifestyle. In the same year she also received the GALA Spa Award in the category of “Beauty Idol”, which was awarded by one of Germany’s most popular premium people magazines. Karolina moderated the Energy Fashion Night 2012, once again proving that she’s also a force to be reckoned with in the Entertainment Industry. In early 2013 Karolina released her own fragrance in cooperation with LR Health & Beauty Systems, an international operation company. Karolina was intensively involved in the creative process. The fragrance cooperation already earned Karolina a nomination at the 2013 Duftstar Awards in the category “Novelties – Lifestyle (Women)”. The German Duftstar Award is the most distinguished award in the cosmetic industry.
Kurkova’s most recent partnership is Billie Blooms x Karolina Kurkova, for which she and the brand have teamed up to produce sustainable cloth masks for purchase and donation to Feeding America, ensuring as many people as possible can protect themselves from COVID-19. More than a beautiful face, Kurkova campaigns for the welfare of children through organizations such as AmFar, Feeding America, and New Yorkers for Children. She has also done work on behalf of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Feeding America, and Wounded Warriors.
Having grown up in the small Czech town of Decin, 100 miles from Prague, Kurkova comes from a close-knit family. She credits her solid upbringing and unfailing family support as her foundation and source of her level-headedness, confidence and self-sufficiency. Married in 2009, Kurkova and her husband, film producer and businessman Archie Drury, currently reside together with their sons, Tobin Jack Drury and Noah Lee Drury.