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10 Russian Models who Conquered the Fashion World

Updated on August 22, 2016

1. Olga Pantushenkova

Olga was 16 years old when her childhood dream of becoming a model or actress came true and she was placed in an Elite Modelling Contest in Moscow and was subsequently signed up. When she was 18 years old, she re-joined Elite and moved to Paris.

2. Natalia Semanova

Natalia was discovered when she won the 'Elite Model Look' contest in 1994. She has worked for many of the world's magazines and designers and she has been photographed by top photographers including Peter Lindbergh, Michelangelo de Battista, Tyen...

3. Polina Kouklina

Polina's career began when she and her friend went to a model show, hoping that her friend would be discovered. Instead, she was scouted herself. She began modeling in fashion-shows in 2003 and has walked for labels such as Prada and Louis Vuitton.

4. Natalia Vodianova

Natalia was discovered at the street market of Gorki at the age of 16 while she worked at the greengrocery stall. She appeared in 2003, 2004 & 2006 Pirelli Calendar. She also appeared in Roman Coppola's movie "CQ" and the Pet Shop Boy's music video.

5. Sasha Pivovarova

Sasha began to model in 2005 when a photographer friend introduced her to IMG in NY. Two weeks later she made her debut, opening the fall Prada show in Milan. She quickly became the face of Prada, and had an exclusive contract with them for 3 years.

6. Natasha Poly

Natasha Poly (Polevshchikova) is from Perm, Russia and is one of the go-to models for both editorial and advertising campaigns. She made her runway debut in 2004 and has been the face of numerous campaigns including Gucci, Givenchy, Lanvin & Missoni.

7. Vlada Roslyakova

Vlada's real name is Elena. She changed her name after she started modelling in Paris, where she was advised to change her name on more unusual one. She has appeared in various fashion magazines and runways. In 2011, she became the face of Swarovski.

8. Eugenia Volodina

Eugenia's modeling career began in 1998 when she attended an open call at a Russian casting agency. Although she didn't win, she was invited to take part in a Parisian modeling agency in 2000. Since then, she has been featured in numerous magazines.

9. Valentina Zeliaeva

Valentina appeared on the covers of Elle, Harper's Bazaar, as well as Spanish, Chinese, Greek, and Mexican editions of Vogue. She also has been featured in print advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren.

10. Anne Vyalitsyna

Anne started her modeling career at the age of 15, after IMG Models scouts saw her in St. Petersburg while looking for new faces for MTV's Fashionably Loud Europe. Within six months of her win, Anne had appeared for Anna Molinari, Chloé and Sportmax


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