Martina Klein Korin was born on December 7th, 1976, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The daughter of architects, Martina also has a brother, Tommy. In 1988, the family moved to Barcelona, Spain. But Martina, having grown up in Buenos Aires, has kept a special place in her heart for the city and her native Argentina. Indeed, the rest of her family still lives there, and Martina has stayed in touch with both family and friends.
In 1991, at age 15, Martina first began working as a model, and soon found herself increasingly swept up in the fashion world. While she was in high school, she went to all her castings accompanied by her mother Adriana, and modeling was only a part-time job. But once Martina graduated in 1994, she attended even more castings than before.
After high school, Martina Klein attended university, studying history. But she found academia not to her liking, and dropped out without completing a degree. Thereafter, Martina devoted herself to her modeling career. Soon she was doing ads for Renault, Bollicao, Kodak, Coca Cola, Mercedes Benz, Lee Cooper, Kas, Trident, Levi's, Yves Rocher, El Corte Ingles, Wella, Don Algodon, and Mango. More recent campaigns included those for Guess?, l'Oreal, Risk, Cebado, Caroche, Triumph, Zoco, Kleymac, Aninoto, Llongueras, Pronovias, Mango, Margon, and Anti-Flirt.
At the same time, Martina Klein made her presence felt on the runways of New York, Paris, London, and Milan. Since she was based in Barcelona, Martina made a point to appear in Spanish fashion shows, such as the l'Oreal, Cibeles and Salo Gaudi, where she helped showcase many hot Spanish designers. Throughout the '90s, she traveled the world as a top international model.
Yet Martina wanted to try new things. In 1999, she took a sabbatical, studying writing (which remains a hobby), contemporary dance, art, and drama. In addition, Martina took a crack at television work. In 2000, Martina began work as a contributor in the Spanish television program Los 1000 i una for her local Catalan channel. She has also been interviewed on other Spanish programs, such as Lo + plus, La cosa nostra and Maldita la hora.
Martina certainly didn't give up modeling, and her explorations of other media didn't hinder her career. In 2000 she was chosen as Model of the Year at Madrid's Cibeles Fashion Show, and the following year Martina was chosen as Woman of the Year by GQ magazine. Hola magazine readers declared Martina the "Most attractive woman" that February.
Martina Klein has hardly slowed down since her travels have taken her from the Mediterranean to New Zealand to the Caribbean and back. But Martina's hectic schedule has yet to wear her down. While working in Greece last fall, Martina couldn't help thinking about the fashion shows she was missing back in Spain. "It's funny how," Martina observed, "while [they were] on, I would give anything to get a break, a siesta, a few minutes of silence."