Repeated Cinderella story Russian supermodels
Vodianova, Pivovarova, Linchuk, Poly, Luss, Shayk, Malygina, Vyalitsyna, Zelyaeva, Volodina, Selezneva, Strokous, Roslyakova and Kokoreva… Their images decorate the covers of world most glossy fashion magazines, and they are shining on the Parisian podiums. Meanwhile, many of the world famous models just embodied in their life the real story of Cinderella. Fortunately, they have achieved success, family happiness and prosperity.
Zelyaeva, born in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, in the family of an employee of the Russian (Soviet) army and a school teacher. Like many military families, Zelyaeva often moved from one city to another. So, then they moved from Ulan-Ude to Nizhny Novgorod, then briefly lived in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). When Valya was 7 years old, they moved to Moscow. It was in Moscow when a model agent noticed Valentina. He invited her for an internship to Japan, and she agreed not taking it seriously.
Vlada Roslyakova, born Yelena Roslyakova, in a Siberian city of Omsk. She started modeling business at a young age, in Russia, continuing in Tokyo and New York. In Paris, she chose a derivative of the name of her father, Vladimir – Vlad.
Born July 12, 1985 in Perm, Russia, Natalia Sergeyevna Polivshchikova became known as super model Natasha Poly.
Pivovarova never dreamed of becoming a model. However, her husband, Igor Vishnyakov, had photographed her in 2005 and gave the pictures to the international modeling agency IMG. Thus, he launched her career. Noteworthy, in 2 weeks Sasha has opened the Prada show in Milan.
Born June 6, 1992 in Magadan of Far East of Russia, Sasha Luss later moved to Moscow. Her mother Mary worked as a gastroenterologist. As a child, Luss studied ballet, participated in various dance competitions, during one of which she was asked to try her hand at modeling.
In 2007, when Selezneva was a student of the first course, she had a part-time job in the Moscow McDonald’s. There she was noticed by the agent of the Best Model Group and offered to try herself as a model.
Blonde beauty Anna Vyalitsina, born in Gorky (now – Nizhny Novgorod) in a family of doctors. At age 15, began modeling career after agents noticed her. IMG Models in St. Petersburg was in search of new faces for MTV’s Fashionably Loud Europe. She was cast and signed a contract with IMG Paris, and later – with IMG New York.
Strokous, born in Moscow in a family of businessman Vladimir and Olga Strokous. Shortly after the birth of Daria her family moved to Benin where Daria lived up to 5 years old. She studied at the Moscow State University to become a journalist.
Model and DJ Dasha Malygina, born in St. Petersburg in 1990. Her mother – designer of the brand Pirosmani – Evgenia Malygina. Dasha began her career at age 15. “I do not position myself as a model, because this profession has never been particularly interesting to me. But I love working, with talented people. According to her, she loves their environment, not models. “Traveling around the world – the only thing I like in this profession.” In particular, Daria has participated in shows of many famous brands. For example, Prada (2006), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ashley Isham, Miu Miu, Topshop, Moschino cheap and chic, Marni, and many others. Besides, she was a cover girl of such magazines as Vogue, V Magazine, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and others.
Shayk, born in a provincial town of Yemanzhelinsk. Her father Valery was a miner, he soon died of lung disease. The mother Olga worked as a teacher of music, and had to work in two places, to feed her two daughters. Her exotic appearance she owes from Tatar descent on her father and Russian mother.
Katia Kokoreva, born February 2, 1982 in St. Petersburg, began her career early, at the age of 15. Then she was one of the participants of the famous model contest Elite Model Look. She worked in Japan and, in particular, was the face of plastic surgery clinics Kitamura. The situation changed in 2002, when she came to the podium in shows Comme des Garcons and Romeo Gigli. And then gradually she began signing contracts with more well-known brands.
Marina Linchuk began her career in her native city of Minsk. However, she later moved to Moscow, where she was enrolled in a modeling agency IQ Models.