Tugba Ercan is a Turkish-born American model, TV personality and actress. She is a combination of eclectic qualities that range from her Eurasian beauty and delightful charm to her strong work ethic and passion for health and fitness. With her features often getting mistaken, Tugba’s ethnic ambiguity is an incredible asset in the modeling world. Whether it’s a music video, commercial or TV show, she lights up any project she is associated with. Tugba’s broad appeal and commitment to her work shines across her work on runway, print and TV. Fun-loving and a fitness enthusiast, she enjoys running, paddle boarding, and working out 3 to 4 times a week.
Born and raised in Turkey, Tugba moved to the States in summer of ’96. Definitely not just a pretty face, Tugba graduated Magna Cum Laude before she focused solely on her modeling career. She has come a long way from being approached at shopping malls for modeling opportunities to finding successes in various entertainment avenues. In love with the camera since she was a little girl, she has naturally grown into the roles she plays as a Brand Ambassador, and as a model for fashion shows, magazines, commercials, print, and music videos.
Whether it was her selection as a Victoria’s Secret stand-in model for Adriana Lima in 2008, being a finalist as Miss Turkey in Hawaiian Tropic competition, making a 4-page spread Maxim Turkey in 2009, or being selected to become a Royal Flush Girl for World Poker Tour, Tugba has enjoyed every bit of her hardwork & successes.
Tugba’s broad appeal stands strong as she has been featured in multiple publications in the Latin world as well, one of which was being the Face for Ponds cream for Latin America. She has also appeared in numerous music videos,most recently in Pass at Me with Pitbull feat. Timbaland & David Guetta. Perhaps one of her biggest achievements is becoming a Royal Flush Girl for the World Poker Tour by being selected out of thousands of girls on a nationwide casting call. On her third season, She takes pride in her charming appearance on the World Poker Tour which aires on Fox Sports Network every Sunday.
Describing herself as a ‘free bird’, Tugba balances her life between working hard as a model/actress, having fun, and volunteering for charitable organizations. She says her love for traveling and adventure is the driving force for her career and has been the most rewarding part as she travels the world for work from Dubai to Italy to Canada. She feels guilty calling what she loves doing “work.”
With a busy and increasingly successful professional life, she has her beautiful eyes set on bigger accomplishments on the modeling and acting fronts. Tugba simply cannot imagine herself living another kind of life, and she doesn’t have to.
While those around Tugba mostly compliment her endearing smile and fit body, those closest to her know that these physical qualities are complemented by a big heart, firm professionalism, honesty and down-to-earth nature.
Tugba, the spokesmodel, TV personality, humanitarian and actress says “Do what makes you happy, no one else is living your life.” It’s beautiful that her work makes not just her happy, but other people as well from her co-workers to fans.