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Occupation:
Supermodel
Date of Birth:
October 14, 1970
Place of Birth:
Teplice, Czech Republic
Marital Status:
Divorced (Tommaso Buti)

Things are looking much better in the new millennium for Daniela Pestova than they were in 1999. Daniela landed the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover shot for the 2nd time, her first being in 1995. 
Born October 14, 1970 in the tiny Czech Republic town of Teplice, Daniela has charmed many with her stunning European beauty. Her problems in 1999 were well chronicled, which included her separation from Tommaso Buti, to whom which they also share a young boy who Daniela gave birth to in 1996. The two also were dealing with heavy losses at the business which Buti started, the Fashion Cafe, which included a criminal probe by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer alleging that Buti and Pestova bilked the restaurant chain out of millions. Couple this with the fact that Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell ditched their association with Buti and the restaurant chain last year and one begins to realize why Pestova wanted to disassociate herself from the man. Ironically, most have said all this money siphoning was in large part done to try to keep Daniela happy, a strategy that surely had backfired on Buti, as she ditched him for a much more frugal situation with an Australian photographer. 

Daniella's modeling career was also turned upside down when she and several other models bolted from Elite in 1999 to join the Donald Trump formed Trump Management. Critics have scoffed that Trump created the organization as more of a trophy than a business, as many have said he paid Pestova, Elsa Benitez and others double what they were worth to get them to leave the highly regarded Elite organization. Thankfully for the sake of their son perhaps, the couple remain friends, as Buti told the New York Post "We grew apart, but we talk every day. We have a great relationship."

The 5'11" blond haired, blue-eyed beauty like many others in her industry never set out to be a model. Her upbringing in the Communist controlled Czechoslovakia didn't make this career choice very likely, but fortunately she was discovered by Madison modeling agency's Dominique Caffin, who spotted her going into a theater, and the rest quickly became history. He asked her to enter in a modeling contest which she won and from their, the non-English speaking lovely headed to the land of the free in New York. Quickly she was landing scores of magazine covers and landed a role showcasing her incredible body with Victoria's Secret. She does admit that unlike many other models that can eat anything and not gain weight, she does have to control her diet, which includes avoiding breads, a staple amongst her homeland Czech folks.

The second SI Swimsuit Issue has garnered Daniela a lot of positive attention, where so far she's appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn. The cover of SI features Daniela wearing a tiny metallic bikini bottom and strands of beads over her breasts and this year's issue for the first time includes 3-D glasses to get a more realistic view of the beauties. This is not the most revealing cover that Daniela has done though, as she appeared topless in a cover of GQ magazine in '98, though only subscribers got this memorable photo, as newsstands carried a different non nude version where Daniela was wearing a bikini. Daniela has yet to break into film though it is reported that she turned down role as a hard-partying model in a Woody Allen film because she wasn't comfortable with the image it projected, which is an image entirely unlike Daniela herself, who enjoys walking on the beach, spending time with her child, and privacy.


February 21, 2006 - Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodels Rachel Hunter, Yamila Diaz-Rahi and Daniela Pestova were on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Wednesday, where Hunter did most of the talking. Asked if she was following the Czech Republic in the Olympics, Pestova said, "The Czechs just won today over the Germany in hockey. The Slovaks won over Russia." Asked how many photos were taken on the shoot, Pestova said, "A lot."

February 21, 2006 - Daniela Pestova participated in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue unveiling event at Crobar on February 14th in New York City. Check out pictures from GettyImages, WireImage, Abaca, and FilmMagic.

February 21, 2006 - The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was released and there is a big change on the cover this year - eight models instead of one. Watch a report from CBSNews.

February 21, 2006 - The 2006 Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine hit the newsstands last week.

April 28, 2004 - Daniela Pestova with a large black drape on looks just fine walking next to some black trash bags with boyfriend Palo Habera on garbage night in Soho in New York City.

April 21, 2004 - Daniela Pestova was on hand for John Varvatos' fragrance launch on Monday (April 19) at The Canal Room in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

April 4, 2004 - Daniela Pestova attended the Knicks Bowl 5 benefit for the Red for Children Foundation on Wednesday (March 31) in New York City. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

March 31, 2004 - Daniela Pestova and her son were photographed in New York City on Saturday (March 27).

February 19, 2004 - Past and present Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodels, including Anna Kournikova and Daniela Pestova, celebrated the 40th anniversary issue at a Manhattan party Tuesday night.

February 14, 2004 - Anna Kournikova and Daniela Pestova were on hand at the 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue - 40th Anniversary Edition party on Tuesday (February 10) at Club Deep in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, RexFeatures (page1 / page2), and WireImage (event / press conference / afterparty).

November 2, 2003 - Angie Everhart and Daniela Pestova were on hand to unveil the new H&M lingerie campaign on Thursday (October 30) at H&M SOHO in New York City. Check out pictures from GettyImages and WireImage.

October 12, 2003 - Daniela Pestova was on hand for the Esquire Magazine Apartment Launch Party on Thursday (October 9) at Trump World Tower in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage (arrivals / inside).

May 22, 2003 - Daniela Pestova and family were photographed out and about in New York City on Wednesday.

April 29, 2003 - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Daniela Pestova, and Gisele Bundchen were on hand at the White House Correspondents Association Press Dinner on Saturday (April 26) at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.

March 13, 2003 - Daniela Pestova was on hand at the Bowl With The Knicks Annual Fundraiser to Benefit Red Holtzman Knicks Cheering for Children Foundation on Wednesday (March 12) at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.com.

March 7, 2003 - Daniela Pestova is being sued by her fugitive ex-husband, who charges the beauty is being a beast by not letting their son visit him on the lam.

March 3, 2003 - The New York Post reports Daniela Pestova and Rick Schroeder helped Heidi Klum celebrate the launch of her new Birkenstock line at the Bryant Park Hotel's Cellar Bar.

February 20, 2003 - Daniela Pestova attended the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue press conference held at Gotham Hall on Tuesday (February 18) in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.com.

February 14, 2003 - Daniela Pestova, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen were at the Victoria's Secret Launches New Collection and New Book 'Sexy' party just in time for Valentine's Day at the Victoria's Secret store on 34th Street in New York City on Wednesday (February 14). Check out pictures from Rex Features and WireImage.com.

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