Karolina Kurkova turns 30 years old today–that being February 28, 2014–and we guess that we can’t get away with our usual jokes about how that means she’s too old for us now. The recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue reminded us that we can still get excited over models who were posing for the mag back in the ’80s. Karolina Kurkova was on the cover back in 2003. We’re starting to think that was just like yesterday in supermodel years.
Anyway, Karolina Kurkova sure isn’t letting her encroaching age keep her from moving on to Hollywood. She’s built a pretty good career out of playing herself on shows like Person of Interest, 30 Rock, and Adult Swim’s FCU: Fact Checkers Unit. Karolina also did a fine job of playing a fashion who wasn’t named Karolina Kurkova in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. And don’t forget the episode of Chuck when she played Sofia Stepanova.
Karolina’s also still thriving in her modeling career. That kind of got to a rough start for some guys, since Karolina actually made it into a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show back in 2000. Yes, she would’ve only been 16 years old at the time. Fortunately, Karolina was soon working very hard as a grown-up gal who brought the classic blonde look back to the runway. She was even officially legal when she returned to the 2002 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show while sporting the coveted “Star of Victoria” Fantasy Bra.
We suspect that we’ll be coveting Karolina for a few more decades. If you’re just catching up with Karolina, then start with the awesome gallery below that features over 50 fantastic photos of the supermodel at her finest. It’s our birthday gift to you, because we’re too cheap to buy one for Karolina…