Czech Republic has a fondness for the name Jitka. After Jitka Válková was crowned Česká Miss 2010 and went on to the Top 15 of Miss Universe 2010, she turned over the 2011 national crown to a namesake, Jitka Nováčková, who will be Miss Czech Republic in Miss Universe 2011.
The 19 year-old Nováčková, a fashion model and semifinalist of Elite Model Look Czech Republic 2009, stands at 1.75m, (5’9″). She will try to surpass her predecessors’ accomplishments by shooting for a spot in either the Top 10 or Top 5. In fact, pressure must be extra heavy because all Czech representatives from 2007-2010 (Lucie Hadašová, Eliška Bučková, Iveta Lutovská and Jitka Válková) placed in the quarterfinals (Top 15). And to go further up the ranking would surely mean a lot because she will have already established better recognition. In the event that she ends up clinching the Miss Universe 2011 crown, she does not only have the honor of being the first Czech to do so, but also being only the second from any Central European nation (Germany was the first in 1961) to nail the most-coveted beauty title.
Hodně štěstí, Jitka! 😉