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Michaela Bercu (Hebrew: מיכאלה ברקו‎‎; born 31 March 1967) is a Romanian-Israeli model and actress.[2]

Early life

Michaela Bercu was born in Tel Aviv as the only child of immigrant parents from Romania. Her father is from Bucharest and her mother is from Timișoara. Bercu grew up speaking both Romanian and Hungarian. She also has Romanian citizenship.[3]


She started her career as model at age of 13½ when her mother took her to the fashion photographer Menachem Oz. She later signed with Elite Model Management. Bercu is married to businessman Ron Zuckerman.[4] The couple have four children.

Bercu appeared on the November 1988 cover of American Vogue wearing a bejeweled Christian Lacroix T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans; the shot was done outdoors in natural light. It was Anna Wintour's first cover since taking over as the magazine's editor-in-chief, and was seen as signaling a break from the more formal and posed cover images favored by her predecessor, Grace Mirabella. It was also the first time a model on the cover of Vogue was shown wearing jeans.[5][6] Bercu was also the first Israeli woman to be featured on the cover of American Vogue.[7] She would later appear on the covers of French, Italian, German, and Australian Vogue, American, British, Spanish, German, and Swedish Elle, Mademoiselle, L'Officiel, Madame Figaro, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She was also featured in the 1990 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[1]

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Blumarine, DKNY, Joseph, Andrew Marc, Rochas, Laurèl, CP Shades, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, L'Oreal, and Revlon.

Bercu also appeared in the American film Bram Stoker's Dracula as one of sensual Dracula's brides, co-starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves and Monica Bellucci.[8] She briefly retired from modeling in the mid-1990s after marrying but returned in 1999 modeling plus sized clothing.[9][10]


See also


  1. ^ a b Michaela Bercu at the Fashion Model Directory
  2. ^ YouTube
  3. ^ "Michaela Bercu, modelul romano-israelian care a revolutionat stilul Vogue, a vorbit in exclusivitate pentru CANCAN.RO: "Am pasaport de Romania si sunt mandra de asta!"". 20 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (7 June 2008). "Celebrity Grapevine". The Jerusalem Post. 
  5. ^ Wintour, Anna. "Honoring the 120th Anniversary: Anna Wintour Shares Her Vogue Story". 
  6. ^ Sowray, Bibby (15 August 2012). "Anna Wintour's first ever Vogue cover". 
  7. ^ Almagor, Shahar (14 September 2001). "Israeli Beauty/About Face". 
  8. ^ "The Perfect Halloween Hero". Bennington Banner. 24 October 2007. 
  9. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (20 August 1999). "Celebrity Grapevine". The Jerusalem Post. p. 16-B. 
  10. ^ YouTube

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