Supermodel with a cause falls foul of police
January 27, 2006
Czech supermodel Helena Houdova took a break from the catwalk to visit
communist Cuba and was arrested for taking photo graphs in a slum.
The former Miss Czech Republic 1999 runs a foun dation in New York that
supports dis advantaged children and wanted to see what she could do to help
But on Monday, Cuban security police detained Houdova and her companion,
Czech psychologist Mariana Kroftova, while they were taking photographs in
the poor Havana area of Arroyo Naranjo.
They were released 11 hours later after signing a let ter saying they would
not engage in "counter-revolutionary" activities.
"We were afraid," Houdova said. "We grew up under communism and know what it