Elena Kountoura is a former model who made the transition to politics in her native Greece.
She modeled from 1984 to 1997, becoming the face of the Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido and working regularly with French photographer and designer Serge Lutens.
After a stint as a director for a Greek women's magazine, Ms. Kountoura got elected to the Greek Parliament in 2004, and served in that legislature on and off for about a decade. A woman who leans to the left, she currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Tourism under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Given the precarious state of Greek finances and the need for more tourism to help prop up Greece's economy, she has her work cut out for her.