My NY: Hana Soukupova

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The fashion industry has its fair share of long-legged, blond beauties, but, there's a certain special something that has made Czech-born stunner Hana Soukupova stand out from the ever-growing pack. Since signing her first contract as the face of Carolina Herrera's Chic perfume at the ripe old age of 15, the 6-foot tall glamazon (umm, have you seen those legs?) has graced 60 magazine covers, scored campaigns for Gucci, Balenciaga, and Bvlgari, to name a few, and strutted in over 500 runway shows. Now 24, it's still easy to see why Soukupova has effortlessly made the transition from a Victoria's Secret "Angel" to high-fashion queen—she's a favorite of fashion VIPs like Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, and Zac Posen. When Soukupova steps off the runway, she likes to lend a helping hand to animal cruelty and consult for eco-friendly clothing. We're also digging her newest side gig—working hand-in-hand with her hip husband Drew Aaron at the newly established Aaron Gallery, a contemporary art and photography haven. So, how lucky are we that before heading back to the catwalk the runway-queen shared her favorite NYC spots, from a serious spin class to a browse-worthy bookshop. Hey, if you can't look like a supermodel, you may as well live like one.
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Here are five NYC spots where you, too, can strut your stuff...
1. Stogo: "This is the best way to cool off on a hot day in the city. The organic ice cream here is not only amazing but it's guilt-free. Try the Fudge Brownie & Pomegranate Chocolate Chip (my favorites!)"
159 2nd Avenue (at 10th Street); 212-677-2301
2. Dashwood Books: "I love all photography books, and hands down Dashwood has the best selection in NYC. They have a great mix of fashion, international, rare, and hard-to-find books. Plus, it's a great atmosphere, and everyone who works there is really cooI. I can browse around for hours."
33 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street); 212-387-8520
3. Gottino: "Perfect for when you're looking for a cute and cozy place to catch up with an old friend over a glass of wine. The artichoke crostini and pear and gorgonzola salad are so craveable!" 52 Greenwich Avenue (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-633-2590
4. Soho Sanctuary: "My favorite go-to spot for relaxation when I'm feeling stressed or jet-lagged. The atmosphere is so low-key and zen-like, and the massage therapists give great deep-tissue massages. It's a ladies-only spa, so sorry guys, no boys allowed."
119 Mercer Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-334-5550
5. Soul Cycle: "I have a serious addiction to spin class. It's one of the few workouts that never gets old and classes progressively get harder, with the same familiar faces from class to class. Definitely not for the soccer moms—it's a hardcore workout." 103 Warren Street (at the Westside Highway); 212-406-1300
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