Petra Nemcova Tells Us Why Christy Turlington Is Her Supermodel Idol

On Tuesday night, Petra Nemcova hosted a benefit at the Dream Hotel to raise funds for her charity Happy Hearts Fund to help rebuild an Indonesian kindergarten destroyed by the 2006 earthquake.

We spoke with Nemcova about the group of young professionals behind the soiree, the Helping Hearts Council, as well as the philanthopically-minded models that have inspired her along the way:

“I’m so incredibly proud of everyone who put this event together because it takes lots and lots of hard work. They took this mission on themselves and really gathered their friends around for support. So many people are coming up to me saying ‘I want to be part of this’ and that’s because of them.”

Many models are involved in charity work, from Coco Rocha‘s Letters to Haiti to Chanel Iman and friends’ skateboards with a cause. So which cover girls inspire Nemcova?

“There is one Czech model that I was really inspired by — Tereza Maxova. She was helping orphanages in Czech Republic and she is still doing it 10 years later. She started the whole wave of models doing meaningful things, but not just putting their names on it or being just an ambassador, but really being involved every single day.”

And because we would be remiss not to discuss the one and only Ms. Turlington while on the topic of inspirational models:

“Christy Turlington is so faultless. I’ve seen her movie, I’ve seen her speak — she is devoted, dedicated, inspirational.”

No argument there!

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