Yana Gupta is a model from Czechoslovakia, born in
Brno, one of the largest Czech cities. She was Yana Synkova before her
marriage to Indian painter Satyakam Gupta. She graduated with park
architecture and gardening at the age of 19 and took off for Japan. She
spent almost 2 years in Japan, modeling for notable cosmetic brands like
Shuemura, Shisheido, Nivea, Rexona, as well as other notable companies, like
Toyota, Honda and Sony, to name a few. She even spent 2 months in Milan, and
during her stay she modeled for some of the leading names in the field of
fashion. She traveled all over Europe, building a reputation as a supermodel
in Vienna, Paris, Munich, Hamburg and Prague. She worked for clients like
Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret, garnering fame and fortune. However, she
felt that she was drawing too much attention at herself. Then she came to
India on a vacation, and fell in love over a cup of coffee to Satyakam
Gupta. They got married soon and Yana started working in India. However, the
marriage ended with a divorce on 18th May 2005.
Yana was named the new face for Lakme cosmetics in
2001, replacing its former model Lisa Ray. She has been featured on the
covers of several magazines, including Lakme, ELLE, Cosmopolitan and Femina.
Her picture appeared even on the cover of Man's World, which catapulted her
to stardom in the glamour world. Gupta also modeled for the prestigious
Yana Gupta debuted in Bollywood with her hot item
number "Babuji" in the film "Dum", which made her a much sought after item
girl. Since then she has done cameo appearances in several Hindi and Tamil
films that include
* Film Dum" for the song 'Babuji'
* Film Manmadhan - Song thathai thathai
* Film Anniyan - Song Remo
* Telugu film Gharshana - Song
* Kannada film - "JOGI"
Besides her native Czech language, she can also speak
Spanish, Japanese, English and a little Hindi. She is a vegetarian in her
food habits. She is an active member of PETA, and has been featured in its
campaigns. At present she is working as a television anchor on the
countdown show "Mirch Masala" on ZoomTV. Yana recently signed up with a
leading mobile and PC games company Indiagames as brand ambassador and will
take part in several interesting games and applications related to fitness,
puzzles and so on. Now she has plans of launching her own music album, in
which she will write, compose the music and sing the songs herself. All the
songs will be in English, and she is not accepting any other projects till
this one is completed.