Joanna Krupa is Polish model, actress, and reality television personality who has a net worth of $8 million. Krupa began modeling in her teens and went on to appear on the covers of such magazines as “FHM,” “Maxim,” “Stuff,” and “Shape.” She has also modeled for “Playboy” and has graced the cover twice. Joanna is also known for competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (2009) and appearing on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Miami” (2012–2013), and she has hosted “Poland’s Next Top Model” since 2010. In 2013, Zicana Jewelry named Krupa the face of their Classique Collection and renamed it the Joanna Krupa Collection, and she launched a swimwear line with Hapari in 2013.
Early Life: Joanna Krupa was born on April 23, 1979, in Warsaw, Poland. She grew up in a Roman Catholic household with mother Wendy, father Steven (a hotelier), and younger sister Marta. The family moved to the United States when Joanna was 5 years old, settling in Chicago, Illinois. She took ballet classes during her youth, and both Joanna and Marta became interested in modeling as teenagers. Krupa studied at Mary Lyon Public School and Steinmetz High School, and at age 20, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Modeling Career: Joanna started out doing test shoots in order to build a portfolio, and after a few years, she landed her first magazine cover. After making her debut on the cover of Holland’s version of “Maxim,” Krupa went on to appear on the covers of more than 100 magazines. She has said that her favorite covers were “Glamour,” “Ocean Drive,” “Shape,” and “Michigan Avenue” as well as her 2009 “Playboy” cover. “Maxim” declared Joanna the Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World in 2009, and she has been featured on the magazine’s Hot 100 list several times, coming in at #78 in 2005, #66 in 2007, and #89 in 2014. German “Maxim” named Krupa Model of the Year for 2004-2005, and she was the face of April 2007 in “Stuff” magazine’s 2006-07 calendar. In December 2007, Joanna was a Miss Howard TV model on “The Howard Stern Show.” Krupa has also modeled lingerie for Frederick’s of Hollywood.
Film and Television Career: Joanna has been appearing in movies and television shows since 1999, making her debut in “The Underground Comedy Movie.” In 2001, she had a small role in Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes,” and she was a Juggy Dancer on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” from 2002 to 2003. Krupa soon appeared in the films “Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon” (2004), “The Dog Problem” (2006), “Scary Movie 4” (2006), “Ripple Effect” (2007), and “Skinner Box” (2007). She guest-starred on NBC’s “Las Vegas” in 2004 and CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2006, and in 2009, she competed on “Dancing with the Stars,” coming in fourth place with partner Derek Hough. The following year, Joanna began appearing on “Poland’s Next Top Model” as the host as well as a judge, and she joined the cast of “The Real Housewives of Miami” in 2012, appearing in 34 episodes during the show’s second and third seasons.
Animal Rights Activism: Krupa is dedicated to fighting for animal rights and has appeared in several ad campaigns for PETA. In 2014, Joanna and her friend Gabi Gutierrez founded the non-profit organization Angels for Animal Rescue, an animal shelter in Studio City, California. A lifelong animal lover, Krupa said in a 2016 interview with “Naluda Magazine” that she had dogs, hamsters, and fish during her youth and that she decided to become an animal rights activist after seeing an undercover video of “cold hearted monsters” torturing animals. Joanna launched a pet accessory line called Krupaws in 2018, and a portion of the brand’s proceeds benefit Angels for Animal Rescue.
Lawsuits: In January 2015, Krupa sued “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Glanville for $2 million after Glanville falsely accused her of adultery and made derogatory comments about her genitalia on a 2013 episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2017, and Glanville was forced to publicly apologize to Joanna. In late 2015, Krupa and 31 other models filed a $5.3 million lawsuit against swingers club Miami Velvet for using photos of them on the club’s website, social media accounts, and promotional materials without permission. In September 2019, Miami Velvet was ordered to pay the models $892,500.
Personal Life: Joanna married nightclub owner/businessman Romain Zago on June 13, 2013. The couple had been engaged for five years, and they wed in a poolside ceremony in Carlsbad, California. Krupa and Zago divorced in August 2017, and she went to marry another businessman, 451 Media Group CEO Douglas Nunes, on August 4, 2018, in Kraków, Poland. Joanna and Douglas welcomed a daughter, Asha-Leigh, on November 2, 2019. In a 2013 “People” magazine article, Krupa opened up about struggling with an eating disorder in the past, saying that when she was 20 years old, she used laxatives to make herself lose weight quickly. Joanna is a devout Catholic, and in August 2015, she traveled to Israel to be baptized in the Jordan River.
Real Estate: In 2013, Joanna and Romain paid $1.369 million for a 2-bedroom condo in Miami, and they put the 2,140 square foot home on the market for $1.87 million in February 2018, after their divorce. In August 2018, the asking price dropped to $1.595 million, and the home sold for $1.55 million the following month. Krupa and Zago previously tried to sell the condo for $1.9 million in 2014 and $2.5 million in 2016. In 2004, Joanna purchased a 2,217 square foot house in Encino, California, for $670,000, and in 2014, it was reported that the home was in danger of foreclosure because Krupa owed $725,000 on her mortgage; she denied the allegations, and the 4-bedroom home was sold for $689,000 in 2016. Joanna also owns a home in the Hollywood Hills, which made the news in 2016 when four armed robbers broke into the home and injured a man; it is believed that a home invasion also occurred on the property in February of that year.
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Apr 23, 1979 (42 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)|
|Profession:||Fashion Model, Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|