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Although only 16, Rebeka Zuborova is hardly a rookie. Already three years into her modeling career, Zuborova has walked for Marc by Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Diesel Black Gold and L.A.M.B. in New York. Watch for her next in the upcoming Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Hair: Dark blonde
Birth sign: Sagittarius
Home country: Slovakia
"I love Gucci and Calvin Klein."
Favorite body part:
This is your first time in New York. What do you think of it?
"I love New York. It’s busy. It’s really the city that never sleeps!"
You started modeling at 13. How did you get into it?
"I was in a shopping center with my friend, and a woman came up to me and asked if I’d like to be a model. At first, I couldn’t imagine it. I was so young and wasn’t thinking about modeling, but after I went to a casting, it just came naturally."
What do you like best about modeling?
"Meeting new people and traveling. It’s a change from the normal life of going to school. It’s always changing."
How do you balance modeling with school?
"When I’m in Slovakia, I take my exams and then I can travel. I still go to school. After fashion week, I’ll go back [home] for a couple of months, then I’ll take my exams and will travel [for modeling] again."
What do you do when you’re not modeling?
"I’ve been boxing for almost four years, since I was 12. It’s good for your body. It’s really hard training. I won’t spar with another person, because I’m afraid of it, but it’s a good workout. When I first started, I looked funny because I was so skinny and so tall and just punching at the bag. Now I’m better. I was the only girl there too, but it was fine because I knew the guys from my neighborhood."
What are your favorite wardrobe pieces?
"I don’t have a special piece, but I like short dresses. I like to show my legs!"
What’s on your iPod?
"I like jazz — Ray Charles and Norah Jones. And also reggae."
Is there a model that inspires you?
"Natasha Poly and Freja Beha Erichsen. I like their looks — their facial features."
What are your modeling goals?
"To become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. It’s an amazing fashion show, and they get paid so much money. It must be so much fun to wear all that beautiful lingerie and walk on the catwalk with singers! The atmosphere is great!"