Many foreigners say Russia has the most beautiful women. True it or not, is not clear, however the fashion model business has some Russian born models known worldwide now. Let’s take a look at a few such legends.
Number one is Natalya Vodyanova. She was selling fruit in a small town market when she was eleven years old where she was spotted by a model agency worker and asked to come for an audition.
Then she became known worldwide, rich and married a British aristocrat, the Viscount of Dorset.
Number two is Natasha Poly. When she was fifteen she went to Moscow to participate in the Milan Agency models contest. She got an offer but decided to return and graduate from her school first.
Now she has been called “one of the most unusual and cult models of modern times”.
Number three is Anne V from Nizhny Novgorod. She was spotted by a model agent on a street of St.Petersburg and he invited her to model.
Now she’s living in the USA, has dated Leo Di Caprio, a Maroon 5 singer and now gave birth to a child, Alaska, with her father being Yahoo Vice President, Adam Cahan.
Number four is Irina Shayk. She went to study marketing after she graduated from Russian high school. However pretty soon she gave up and some time later she won a beauty pageant in her city, becoming Miss Chelyabinsk 2014.
Later she became well known as Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend. Their romance lasted five years until they broke up in 2015. Since then she’s been dating the American actor Bradley Cooper and gave birth to her first child with him this March 2017.
Number five is Evgenia Volodina. She didn’t plan on becoming a model, but wanted to study in Kazan University – in the city she was born. But instead she went to Paris where she was hardly able to pay rent, so she got a job but was going to castings in her free time.
Later Evgenia was noticed by a famous European fashion photographer and finally got her first photoshoot for Italian Vogue magazine. Now her dream of Paris life became true – she was considered a cult model in the 2000s and lives in Paris.
And here we will stop today’s part one of Russia’s most famous fashion models. Interestingly enough, you may have noticed some of our models have very strange names: Irina Shayk, Anne V, Natasha Poly – this is because Russian models have to crunch their long Russian family names into something more palatable to the Western ear. For example Irina Shayk’s real name is Shaykhlislamova, and Natasha Poly is Natalia Polevshchikova. But seemingly this is the only complication they experience.