You were born on April 14th, 1975. (my generation :)), in the sign of Aries. Do you believe in astrology, and if you do, are you somewhat of a typical Aries - stubborn, etc?
I do not know much about astrology, but I do believe that is possible that astrology has an impact on us. The truth is that I am a fiery thing, I explode easily and I calm down quickly too.
You were born in Budejovice. We in Serbia know the Czech Republic mostly by its greatest exports - beautiful women and good beer. And, if I am not mistaken, Budejovice is the hometown of the most famous beer in the world. Do you enjoy Budweiser yourself? Have you ever been to the Budweiser factory? What do you think of beer bellies on men?
Yes I am from the beer town and I drank beer when I lived there like everybody else. My curves are the proof for it. J I visited the factory there - sure I wanted to see how the wonder happened.
You moved to Prague when you were eighteen. Did you attend university, and how did you get into photo-business? Were you a good photographer, judging from ten-year distance you now have?
After gymnasium I went to a school of photography for three years and then I opened my own photo studio in Prague with my partner at the time. We did commercial shoots and promotional photo shoots for models. I think that I was very good at the artistic elements and my partner was better in handling the technical part of the work. I never did like to deal with technical problems of the equipment.
What was it like for a teenager to become a part of a giant city? What did it take away from you, what did it give to you? What is the most impressive thing in Prague, for you?
I came to Prague when I was eighteen and it was very hard school since I had almost no financial support from my parents so I had to live in terrible conditions and work as a waitress or saleswoman to pay for the school expenses and for my living. At the same time I needed to save some money to start my business. In the historical and ancient areas, Prague is the most romantic and magical city I ever saw.
Do you often go to Budejovice? How are you treated there, as a local hero or as just another Budejowice girl? Do you have many friends from childhood you are still seeing?
I hardly ever go Ceske Budejovice because I keep traveling around the world so there is not much time left to go there. If I manage to go to there I spend all that time just with my family, I have no contact with my old friends - maybe I am afraid what would they think of my career as a nude model.
Just about everyone knows your equipment was stolen from your car in 1997, and that’s one of the reasons you became a model. How exactly did this happen? What exactly was stolen? Were you all in tears about this or did you take it easy? Did they ever find the thief? In the end, was it a good thing for you (it kind of jumpstarted your modeling career)?
That incident was devastating for me since it took me so many years to put all that equipment together, you know, those things are very expensive and me and my partner were very stupid not to be insured. It happened in the middle of the day, they broke in to the car and took all the cameras, lights and other things.
One of the very expensive cameras had been a present from my poor parents who did not have much money themselves. Many of the things were borrowed since we went to shoot a very difficult job and we needed a lot of technical stuff. The guy that we borrowed some of our gear from threatened my boyfriend that if he did not pay quickly, something will happened to him.
My heart was broken and I did not care much about the way I had to make the money. I needed a lot of it and quickly, so I took my first nude modeling job.
You were just a young girl when Czechoslovakia ceased to exist. How do you feel about that? Was it a good country for you and for Czechs? Do you have many Slovak friends?
My generation was brought up in communistic regime and then after the revolution we were thrown in to capitalism the country was in very bad shape and people had to learnt to fight for survival.
Your pseudonym, when you started modeling, was Eva. Why did you choose that name?
I just liked that name; it represents femininity.
Are you religious? Could you share a few thoughts on religion with us? What is it to you?
I never was religious; you know communists did not allowed it, so I grew up as atheist. I just lately start to ask myself certain questions and I believe in soul and I try to take care of mine. I want to figure out what is wrong and what is right for myself - I do not want others to brainwash me.
Are you afraid or death? Or growing old? What is your greatest fear?
After my thirtieth birthday I started to be more and more afraid of that. Now I learn that fear is bad and takes the freedom and joy of living away, so I have to teach myself not to fear those things.
Did you ever visit ex-Yugoslavia, or Serbia? Do you know anyone from these parts of Europe?
I visited Yugoslavia as I was fourteen with my father and I loved it there.
Who do you cheer, Slavia or Sparta? Who’s your favorite footballer? Are you a big sports fan? Do you prefer hockey to football?
I really do not care for any of that.
A movie, Zemanovaload, was made about a man obsessed with you. Did you watch the movie and what did you make of it? Did you have any similar experiences in your personal life?
Sure I saw the movie. Similar experiences? Not in the personal life but in my model life yes, several.
When did you first fall in love? How would you define love?
I first felt in love as I was about thirteen, as a teen girl I was constantly crazy in love. As you get older it gets more and more difficult to fall for somebody. The definition of love, that is a very complex question and there are different kinds of love.
Are you a gentle girl, or a vixen, Amazon? How would you define yourself?
I can be both!
What is the one thing that men usually guess wrong about you?
As I was just so busy in my career around the people from the glamour modeling business I behaved and looked very much like that, so most of the time I probably gave a wrong impression that did not really reflected who I am inside.
These days I often live privately in the countryside mainly with the animals and with people that do not know me as model but just as the real me, people who know nothing about the mad world of a glamour model.
There are a lot of beautiful Czech girls in the modeling business. My personal favorites are you, naturally, and Adriana Skleranikova. Who are your favorite Czech models?
There are so many incredibly beautiful Czech fashion and nude models - I have no favorite one.
What’s your dream man made of?
A combination of honesty, great heart, generosity, intelligence, faithfulness and tolerance…it took a hell of a long time for me to find him.
What is it about Slavic women? Are they really the most beautiful in the world? Can you define what sets them apart from the others?
I do not think they are the most beautiful in the world, but what separates them is the sweetness, sensuality and vulnerability that they have in their faces and they are naturally beautiful so they do not need so much of the plastic surgery.
I read somewhere you wish to be a photographer again. Tell me, who would be your perfect model? And, do you sometimes give advice to some photographers you are working with? Are they sometimes surprised that you know a thing or two about photography?
I like to be creative and think about the picture together with the photographer some do allow me to be creative and some do not. I think that starting my career shooting models as a photographer helped me to be a good model.
I saw a beautiful pic of you and Aria Giovanni. How was it working with Aria? How do you like her looks and personality?
I absolutely adore her looks the body and the face…I do not know about the personality since she did not really talk to me much…
Would you ever consider doing a softcore scene with some hardcore star, like Jenna Jameson or Briana Banks?
Sure as long is soft core.
You look like a gentle person, easy to hurt. Did men hurt you many times in the past? Or am I just mistaken?
Yes I was heart broken very badly few times, but it happened because I allowed it to happen; I should have been more careful about whom am I giving my heart to.
I read you had a lot of trouble during your first years in Prague, and that poverty was your companion. How do you look upon those times now, when you have all the money in the world? Do you find some happy memories there? What’s the worst thing about being poor, and what could be the good side of it?
The good side of having nothing is that nobody takes advantage of you for money.
You are an object of every man’s desire, and yet you, as an intelligent woman, do not like being viewed just as an object. How do you connect those two extremes?
My way of dealing with this is that I separate totally my private and business life, I never talk about my work with people I meet in private life and I have a lot activities that have nothing to do with modeling so people I meet, get to know me as normal woman not as a dream woman from the photo. I do not think that I am something special because I was a model; on many occasions I still have feelings of low self-confidence.
Sometimes, on the photographs, you look kind of sad. Why is that so? Have you been sad a lot in your life?
I would say so.
I read somewhere that one of the richest men on the planet offered you virtually unlimited money for just a single night in his bed. Is this just a rumor, or is there any truth behind this?
Yes it is true, but I have lines that I do not cross and this is one of them. The money is important but not that important. I prefer to fall in love with some as?!?le and let him steal my money! It happened twice to me in my past but that is in past and now I am happily married to a great man.
I read that you still live in Prague, in small apartment. You still use public transport. Do you really ever want this to change?
That did change, I live in a different country in the countryside and I travel by my old Volkswagen beetle.
What’s the saddest thing you’ve ever seen?
Nature’s creatures tortured by ignorant humans.
Would you want to be a Bond girl?
If I would have acting talent, yes - why not…
You are often photographed with no clothes on, and with your legs spread wide apart, yet not one picture I’ve seen appears to be vulgar in any way. In fact, for me, and for many friends I’ve talked to, there’s something spiritual about these pictures. I haven’t heard anyone say “Veronika’s dirty photos.” I’ve never heard (and this is true) comments like “what would I do to her”; it's just “she is so angelic/beautiful” all the time. Is that the thing you have to thank for your success? Is that what sets you apart from the others?
I heard many dirty comments about me or my photos, I think that a dirty mind sees me as decadent only and those who are more spiritual and more sensitive can actually see my soul through the photo because no matter how revealing is the shot, I try to give also my soul into the picture and my soul is not dirty.
You share two things with beautiful Brigitte Bardot: angelic beauty and love for animals. Are you a fan of her, and how do you think you compare with her, as far as the looks go?
I think she is great in whatever she does, but to be honest, I do not know enough about her to be her fan. I do not want to compare myself to her, I am just a glamour model and she is a model and actress and real icon that people will always remember I do not reach there.