The Dirt: Karina Smirnoff

You would think that being ranked second in the world and having five U.S. titles under your belt would be satisfying enough—but not for sizzlin’ hot Latin dancer Karina Smirnoff. This ballroom bombshell not only knows how to tear it up on the dance floor, but she can also hold her own in the classroom. After graduating from high school, she put her dancing career on hold and earned a degree from Fordham University. Talk about beauty and brains!



Karina appeared as a professional on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” for six seasons, where she danced her way into the top five with three different celebrities (Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus and singer Mario). Most recently, Karina and her hunky fiancé, Maksim Chmerkovskiy (also a “DWTS” regular), were partnered in the ballroom Broadway sensation, [ital: Burn the Floor]. Someone had better pull the fire alarm, because Karina is definitely turning up the heat! —Michael Anne Bailey




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