All eyes were on Karolina Kurkova, the face of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, at New York City's Lincoln Center on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-tall fashion model stole the show at the unveiling of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS. The Czech-born beauty gets her height from her father, who was a Czech professional basketball player. Kurkova, too, once gave athletics a try. "I started laying basketball after [having done] gymnastics and ballet for seven years," she told The New York Post. "So I played basketball like a swan. It was beautiful to look at, but I wasn't very aggressive."

She rocks the runway like a swan, too. She's been gradually returning to modeling after having her first child, Tobin Jack Drury, in 2009. —KIMBERLY STEELE


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