Getting Ready
karolina kurkova

Karolína Kurková’s Getting-Ready Playlist Is One You’ll Want to Copy

Prepping for the Teens for Food Justice Gala with the supermodel, her family, and a surprise appearance by Jason Wu.

By: Jodi Taylor

While most of us were curled up on our couches after a weekend of Halloween festivities last night, model and actress Karolína Kurková was busy getting ready for Feast 2018, the Teens for Food Justice Annual Gala. Both Kurková and her husband, Archie Drury, were being honored by the organization for all of the work theyve done with them. Teens for Food Justice was founded in 2017 with the goal of training youth on urban hydroponic farming and the importance of healthy eating.

As Kurková got ready for the event, she munched away on room service salad, blasted her current playlist (more on that later), and played with her son, Noah Jack Drury (her eldest, Tobin, was busy getting ready himself). Everyone was in good spirits, and how could you not be with such a special night ahead and, you know, having the company of Jason Wu to help you get dressed in a dress and coat from his line?

To complete the evening’s look, Kurková slipped on a pair of strappy and sparkly Alevi shoes, threw a velvet tassel Carolina Santo Domingo bag over her shoulder, and dusted herself with Ana Khouri jewels.

“Before an event I make sure to eat. My go-to is a burger with a salad and sometimes french fries. I like to make sure I have energy for the rest of the day because I know I’ll never have the chance to eat at an event. For drinks, I like green juice or green tea and lots of water. I know once I’m at an event I won’t really be thinking about drinking water.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“Going to an event, I always carry a mint. It’s always good to have a mint when you’re out and about and talking to people. It’s also refreshing after talking to a lot of people. A lip balm and blotting paper. And my phone, so I can always get around.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“How do I pump myself up before a red carpet? Music, always music. Music makes you feel, makes your body move, loosens you up, and relaxes you. It puts you in the zone, whatever zone you want to be in, whether that is calm or more connected. Music always lifts you up. At least for me it does, and I can’t live without it.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

Her current playlist:

“‘Obedear’ by Purity Ring, ‘Life Goes On’ by E^ST, ‘Side Effects’ by The Chainsmokers ft. Emily Warren, ‘Molotov’ by Kira Pura, ‘While We’re Young’ by Jhene Aiko, ‘Best Part’ by Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R., ‘Show Me’ by John Splithoff ft. Madison Ryann Ward, [and] ‘One Time’ by Marian Hill"

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“I first was introduced to Teens for Food Justice last year; it’s a fairly new organization. My friends run it, and I also got to go and see the hydroponic farm in person with my two boys—my three-year-old and nine-year-old. We got to meet the kids and see these hydroponic gardens. We also tried their produce. There’s nothing more amazing than eating fresh produce, greens, and vegetables.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“I was able to see where [the food] grew and [that] they were taken care of with love. It was amazing to have my nine-year-old there, he loved it; he was planting seeds and watering them. It’s really empowering and important. As a family, we are all about bringing our kids with us and exposing them to different things and having open minds.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“The foundation also involves STEM, to create the gardens and take care of them, so I think it’s a really great project for children to be a part of. It also changes your relationship with food; food is really important, it gives you energy and makes you happy. Having access to nutritious foods shouldn’t be a luxury; every person and child should have access to it. That’s what I love about this organization. It teaches children about working together, STEM innovation, and allows them to appreciate greens.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“Children don’t always have the best relationship with green vegetables, but when you are part of growing them and taking care of them, seeing it grow from seed to vegetable, it is such a gratifying experience. The greatest thing is that they produce 25,000 lbs in these schools, and then bring the food to the cafeterias. Then, when they have leftover, the kids take the food home to their communities to share.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“The organization is special to me because it connects me to my roots. When I was growing up, I would always eat fresh produce with my grandparents and take care of their garden with them. It’s a very special memory that I cherish as an adult.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“Me and my husband are being honored for all we’ve done for Teens for Food Justice alongside Emilio and Gloria [Estefan], who are incredible people, so inspiring. They have a beautiful family and are so real and passionate. We are so happy to team up with them and bring this to Miami. It is our goal to spread this amazing work and increase the amount of schools in the U.S. with hydroponic farms.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“We do grow some of our fresh herbs [at home], which we love and use in our cooking. We live on an island, so we grow avocados and have coconut trees. One day I would love to have a small farm and grow fruits and vegetables.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“My favorite herb is cilantro. I really like cucumbers and avocados as well.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“My favorite dish to make my boys is chicken schnitzel with sautéed broccoli and garlic and sweet potatoes in the oven.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

“The last thing I do before I walk out the door is apply deodorant and spritz myself with perfume.”

Photo: Timofey Kolesnikov

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