Era: 1980s-1990s
Known For: Covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1984, 1985), Face of Oscar de la Renta, Versace, and Escada

Porizkova was a celebrity before she was even being considered to model clothes. After her parents fled Czechoslovakia because of the Warsaw Pact invasion, they thought Paulina could be brought out later. What followed was a seven-year split between Paulina and her parents and a surge of media attention surrounding the fight for her custody. Sometime after their reunion, when Paulina turned 18, her friend sent photos of her to Elite Modeling Agency hoping to be hired as a photographer. Instead, they signed Paulina as a model.