Marketa Janska, Playboy’s Miss July 2003, started modeling as a teenager and left her home in the Czech Republic to travel in Europe. At 22 she received an offer to model in Los Angeles. Playboy interviewed her by the pool in the building where she lived, and the minute she approached us it was clear that the casual setting suited her perfectly. Modest Marketa wore no makeup and seemed immune from the posturing that often accompanies the “LA model” label.
The fresh-faced beauty communicated her dream of becoming a professional singer. “I want to do something no one else has done,” Marketa said in her soft voice. “I’ve studied since I was six and am now a trained classical singer. I play the piano, guitar, and flute. At home, I was studying to become a grammar school teacher like my mother. It was not exciting for me.”
Marketa found a vocal coach she liked and started working on a demo. “Right now, I’m trying to lose my accent and sing perfectly.” Marketa came off so naturally—her green eyes convey a sincerity that makes us want to help her out in any way we can—yet we hope she doesn’t lose her engaging accent completely.
Miss July 2003 comes from a small village outside of Prague that she described as down-to-earth, an atmosphere that helped her remain grounded when she left home to start modeling. “I was slowly getting used to traveling to bigger cities and meeting new people, so it was not that shocking to come to L.A.,” she said.
It didn’t take long for Marketa to pick up on the different dating styles of Czech and American guys. Does she have a preference? “It depends on the person and how charismatic he is,” she said. “In America, a guy would want to impress me by taking me to an expensive restaurant, something fancy. In the Czech Republic, we would go for a bicycle ride or on an afternoon hike or maybe enjoy a barbecue—something simple. I don’t like show-offs. I like nice guys who don’t try too hard. It doesn’t matter what a man looks like—he should be easy to talk to and straightforward, and he should move slowly.”
Marketa told Playboy she’s also turned on by intelligence, something unique about the person, confidence, and a nice smile. Her turn-offs include selfish people and bad teeth.
Marketa came to the United States on a work permit and hoped to become an American citizen in a few years. She has strong ties to those she left behind. “I have two younger brothers and I care a lot about my family,” she said. “In five years I see myself living in the US, but not married. I want to have children much later, too—maybe in 10 years. I’m going to enjoy every day and see what happens.”
One unexpected turn for Marketa was an offer to play a Czech girl in a movie. She has also appeared on CSI: Miami, Swingtown, 90210, and in the movie Couples Retreat.
“Acting can be fun and I’m very serious about all the work that I do, but I am happiest when I’m singing,” she told Playboy. “That is where my heart is.”