Born in Germany, the daughter of a Dutch father and a German mother, Petra grew up in the Netherlands. At the age of 17 Petra began her modeling career in the Netherlands as a runway model and continued during her studies throughout Europe for many years.
As time passed and Petra grew older she stopped modelling and pursued a career as a Human Resource Manager.
At the age of 46, Petra moved to Hamburg, Germany to live with the love of her life. She had given up her career in the Netherlands and her thoughts frequently turned to becoming a model again. Her husband encouraged her to fulfil her dream and so one day she decided to register with her former modelling agency, with instant success!
Petra has now firmly established herself in Europe as a classic model. She has worked for magazines and for advertisers such as Otto, Basler Fashion, Calgon, Malaysian Airlines, Chopard and Schwarzkopf. On a regular basis you can find her on the catwalk once again. She is also a welcomed guest on talk-shows in Germany and the Netherlands.
After being discovered by Patty Sicular in Berlin, Petra has now signed an exclusive contract at IconicFocus Models in New York and is thrilled to broaden her horizon beyond Europe.
Petra strongly believes in her natural self and embraces growing older. Refreshingly, she thinks this is to her advantage. She is looking forward to many new experiences and adventures, challenging boundaries along the way.
Since 2011 Petra monthly participates in beauty workshops, as a volunteer and ambassador, for the organisation “DKMS-LIFE” – Look Good Feel Better-. She gives cosmetic seminars to woman diagnosed with cancer.
And since 2016 Petra is the ambassador of the Ronald McDonald House in Hamburg.
She is happily married and lives in Hamburg, Germany.