Six year after winning their very first Miss World crown via Tatiána Kuchařová in 2006, another Big 4 crown for Czech Republic came into reality via the beautiful Tereza Fajksova. She became Czech Republic's very first Miss Earth title holder and her election as the new Earth ambassador gave her lot of responsibilities. She was thus imposed automatically spokeswoman for several environmental organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP which will also work together including Greenpeace, WWF, and various national government agencies engaged in the environment.
But who is the real Tereza Fajksova prior to her crowning?
Coming from a small town in the south of Ivančice Czech Republic, Tereza spent her childhood with her grandparents, brother, and parents. In an interview, she described that she has a very happy childhood. Just like any ordinary young girl, she was able to play with other children and at school she thrived with honors. During vacation, her parents would bring her to the cottage to the dam. Tereza loved times spent with her grandparents, like fishing, picking mushrooms and walking. When she was asked about the greatest lesson she learned from her childhood, she answered, "Not to climb trees, not to walk on thin ice in the winter and not jump into the water which you never saw." Overall, she was really the happiest child in the world with her only brother and she is very thankful to God for it everyday.
Tereza has a natural blonde hair and blue eyes. She attended elementary school at TG Masaryk in Ivančice and graduated high school at the Louis Danka Sports Gymnasium in Brno where she has been residing since her high school years. As a Public Administration graduate, she still hopes to pursue a second degree in Economics. She was also a volleyball player prior venturing into modeling and as captain of her team from Brno (Brno Kralovopolska Extraliga Volleyball Team), her team won three junior national championships in Czech Republic. But the time she had an injury, her career in volleyball ended. This paved her door in the world of fashion and modeling.
In 2010, standing at 5'11", Tereza represented her country in Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International where she placed second runner-up. A year after, she was sent to again represent Czech Republic at the 2011 Miss Bikini International where she placed in the Top 24.
She later competed in the 2012 edition of the annual Czech Miss beauty pagent which was held on March 31, 2012 at the Karlin Musical Theatre, Prague and emerged as one of the three winners and bagged the title, Czech Miss Earth 2012 which earned her the right to represent Czech Republic in the Miss Earth 2012 international pageant.
During the 12th Miss Earth coronation night held at the Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines, this 23 years old blonde gave Czech Republic their very first Miss Earth crown beating 79 other international delegates in a competition that took sustainable energy as its central theme, following the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration of 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
Prior to the conclusion of the pageant, the top four delegates were asked one question, “What is your defining moment as a woman?” Without the assistance of an interpreter, she acknowledged her disfluency in the English language, and replied: “I’m so sorry but I don’t understand the question. I will try to send this message: We have to protect Mother Earth. She gives us everything we need in our lives. So let’s respect her so she’ll respect us.” Regardless of the fact that she did not understand the final question, she was confident and delivered an improvised answer through a meaningful message about protecting the environment and the earth which brought her the title of Miss Earth 2012.
She even fell off to the ground after being crowned by her predecessor, Olga Alava from Ecuador, and suffered an ankle injury.
Tereza reported wanting to work on their own "Learn, See and Do 'Project." In an interview she added, "This project will involve convincing and influencing governments around the world to make environmental studies compulsory in early education. It has to be fun to make it easy for kids to learn about the benefits. The curriculum would also need to include activities so kids get to see the difference. If children learn about the environment from an early age, they are more likely to continue this behavior in their adult years."
As for her environmental advocacy, she is a believer that a lot of people want to help the environment but just don’t know how to make a difference. She mentioned that if it’s too hard to do, then people just won’t do it, so her environmental advocacy is recycling as is confident that recycling is easy and which everyone can do. Some countries have recycling bins for each house which is making it easy for people at home to recycle. But this is only half the solution.
Recently, Tereza regaled the kids with the story of “Amansinaya,” a story about a fishing community where nearly a thousand children from all over Metro Manila listened to stories about biodiversity and the riches of the planet during the two-day Inquirer Read-Along Festival at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center on November 26, 2012.
She was also a guest at the dance show contest, Star Dance in Czech Republic with actor David Švehlík on December 15, 2012.