The most popular models from the post-Soviet space at spring-summer 2020 shows
With the end of the Fashion Week season, new catwalk stars appeared. Among the main events of the season are Burles exclusive Alesya Kafelnikova, who decided to take up her modeling career again, the podium debut on the Gucci show Vari Berastsen, as well as the triumph of other young models from Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. We decided to talk about seven promising girls who are waiting for a great future. They shared with Vogue plans, stories of their journey into the modeling business and the most vivid impressions of the shows.
Ales Kafelnikova (@kafelnikova_a)
20 years old, London — Moscow Avant Models Exclusive Burberry, Isabel Marant, Moschino, Chanel
“Six years ago, Julia Shavyrina wrote to me on Facebook, somehow seeing my photos with Marat Safin and his then girlfriend Ani, who also worked as a model. As a child, I first dreamed of becoming an actress, then a musician, and then I wanted to become a model business. This is my first season, and the most vivid impressions, of course, remained after the exclusive Burberry. I learned about the offer when I was at work in China, but then I still could not believe it. I didn’t particularly understand what it means to work exclusively for the brand, and now, having already signed the contract, I am so impressed that every second I want to straighten my back, keep my royal posture, work on myself and become better and better.
Riccardo, one might say, gave me a new life. Before that, I spent time in obscure parties, and now I understand that I can pull myself together and jump above my head. Now is the time to work, someday the time will come to rest. Of course, I was pleased that Burberry did not know who my father was, did not know about my background. I am very grateful to them for the opportunity and for accepting into my family. After the show, I realized what real modeling was: on the day of the show, when I saw all the models, I was in shock, because all the girls work at a very high level. I consider Burberry and Isabel Marant my best outlets. Moschino had a very cool mood, a vibrant show and an endless podium. ”
“Now modeling is in the first place for me. I want to work with all brands, because each team, each designer, who heads the House, is a separate world. Different vibes, different opportunities for creativity. People in this business are real professionals, everyone sees you and the light, and everything is different. I want to touch this.
For the coming year, my plan is to work on myself to blow up the next season, so I need to be prepared as much as possible. Now I have confidence and with it, with the support of relatives and with my agents, I believe that it will be possible to make the country speak of me as if it were Irina Shayk. ”
Lisa Popova (@glplv)
16 years old, Novosibirsk Lilas Model Management Victoria Beckham, Fendi, Lanvin, Dior, Valentino, Chanel
“My career began when my older sister sent photos to scout Luba Ukhalova, who, in turn, introduced me to the parent agency Lilas Model Management – I have been working with them from the very beginning. Then I wanted to try myself in the modeling field, but I can’t say that this was my dream. And just starting to work, I realized how lucky I was to be part of this world.
I have been working in the industry for two years. At the same time I study at school, in the tenth grade. After graduation, I plan to take a break for two to three years in order to devote myself to work and finally understand what I want to do in life. I like modeling because it makes it possible to travel and meet interesting people who love their job. These are the main sources of my inspiration. Without this, I cannot imagine my life. ”
“Always with bated breath I remember my first show in my life, it was exclusive to Valentino Couture. I remember how before the show my knees trembled and the smile never left my face. I could not believe that this was really happening to me.
In my free time I like to walk in the parks – it helps me escape from the routine of the big city, relax, gain strength. I also like to listen to alternative and electronic music. ”
Sasha Knish (@ sashaknysh.omg)
23 years old, New York Omg Models Management Coach, Marc Jacobs, Erdem, Prada, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu
“I was born in the Dnieper and already in childhood dreamed of being a model. When I was 14 years old, a scout met me on the street, and I seriously thought about such a career. But she started working at 18, and she took up modeling seriously only after graduation. I studied at DNU them. Olesya Gonchar, majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, but I don’t see myself in this at all. Therefore, I plan to get a second education in the field of fashion. Maybe even launch your own clothing brand. ”
“In modeling, I like to work with brilliant, talented people, be inspired by their work and also give them inspiration. There are many bright moments in the working life, I will single out the first meeting with Katie Grand – I wanted to work with her, so this acquaintance and the first Miu Miu show was a particularly striking event.