Simona grew up in a small village in the Czech Republic, in a sport-mad family. At 17 she began her career as a model, travelling the world and finding any and every opportunity to get physical – trail running, HIIT class, flyboarding, scuba-diving, skating and sky-diving to replace the competitive volleyball she played in her teenage years.
An early career on the stage and time spent with a leading acting coach prepared her well for the industry – Simona is a much sought-after talent for commercials.
Years of travel and living out of suitcases led to her realising how little we need to survive on materially, so sustainable living has been a key interest. Spending summers in South Africa have made her acutely aware of the huge poaching and illegal ivory trade issues facing the planet, and she supports efforts to eradicate both.