Russian Top Models of the 1930s

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Top models of the early XX century were much different from those of the present day. They were full of special energy and emotions. They presented dresses and told about couture houses and fashion collections to journalists and public. And in this relation no other women could compare with Russian beauties. Paris was in love with them.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

1. This is Natali Paley, Paris.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

2. Princess Natalia Paley was a granddaughter of emperor Alexander II but was born in Paris.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

3. In 1920 together with her mother and sister she left Soviet Russia for France where she bagen her career as a model.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

4. In 1927 she became a wife of fashion designer Lucien Lelong, but the couple divorced in 1937. Natalia also was a girl from the Vogue magazine cover.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

5. Natali has an affair with a German writer Erich Maria Remarque, their relations inspired him to write a novel “Shadows in Paradise”.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

6. Model Zhenya de Castex, Parus, 1934.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

7. Viscountess Zhenya de Castex put a spell on fashion designers – she looked amazing in their dresses.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

8. Born with the last name Gorlenko, Zhenya successfully married a Spanish embassador and obtained a high status.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

9. Zhenya de Castex, Paris, 1936.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

10. Lady Iya Abdy, Paris (before marriage – Iya Grogorievna Ge. Iya was married to a very rich man who after their divorce provided her with immense fortune and a 20-carat diamond. She was a muse for poets and artists.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

11. Born in Slavyansk, Iya Ge (Lady Abdy) got her first job in Paris from Callot Soeurs. Quite soon she captivated all Paris and her husband-to-be Robert Abdy. But her big fame came to her when she began to work for Coco Chanel.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

12. Model Lyudmila Fedoseeva, 1937. She advertised the most fanciful dresses of the time.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

13. Lyudmila became especially famous after she was photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue. However those pictures were never published in the magazine itself.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

14. Lyudmila Fedoseeva, late 30s.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

15. Lidia Zelenskaya, Paris, 1938. Another Russian star adored by France.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

16. Mary Eristova, Paris, 1929.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

17. Anna Sten, Hollywood, 1932.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

18. Model Ekaterina Bobrikova, Paris, 1937.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

19. Teya Bobrikova, Paris, 1928.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

20. Lidia Zelenskaya, Paris, 1928.

Russian Top Models of the 1930s

21. Natali Paley, Paris, 1937.

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