Jo Champa is an actress and model.
Champa was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Rome, Italy. She became a model there as a teenager. Before the age of 18, she was already one of Gianni Versace's favorite models. As such she turned to the Italian film industry in 1986, with various screen acting assignments, for directors including Claude d'Anna, Ettore Scola, Massimo Troisi, and Damiano Damiani. At the top of her career, Champa returned to the United States, starring in Steven Seagal's Out for Justice, followed two years later by Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha, and then Don Juan DeMarco by Jeremy Leven. Later in the 90s, she mostly worked for television guest starring in TV series such as Walker, Texas Ranger, JAG, and CSI: Miami. Champa can also be found in Helmut Newton's book Sumo where he found her to be one of his favorite models. Most recently she was in Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola.
In Italy she has hosted the very successful fashion TV show for RAI TV, Kermesse. Champa has also served as special contributing editor and columnist for the Italian edition of Vogue and L'Uomo Vogue. Italian Vogue has written that, \"She is an icon of Italian style.