Friday, May 2, 2008
Beauty don't come better than this
You must be thinking Mishca Barton. Right? Unfortunately, you're wrong. This is the exclusive model for Ralph Lauren commercials and the face of two L'Oréal fragrances. She is Valentina Zelyaeva from Russia. Here is an interview with her. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIGJJRA_m50 . You'll see this face when you see RL's commercials. Here's one, the new Romance perfume by Ralph Lauren. This one is on RL's Collection.
Valentina also appeared in runway shows for Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci and Valentino, among many others.
Valentina has been featured in print advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and Calvin Klein. She has signed a seven year deal with Ralph Lauren, appearing in several high-profile campaigns for the designer. She has appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
The next model is Irina Kulikova also from Russia.
Irina has a unique story about her chance discovery. Irina K(as she's known in the industry) was discovered by IMG Models Senior VP Ivan Bart and Liv Tyler. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently Bart and Tyler were dining together in Moscow and noticed Irina K. who was also at the restaurant. Next thing you know, Irina walked the runways for Gucci, Jil Sander, Pringle, YSL, Chloe, and Miu Miu, to name a few. If that isn't enough promise for a young model's first season, she walked exclusively for Calvin Klein as well as walking the coveted spot as #1 girl for Prada.
The opening spot at Prada is one of the most desirable spots for any model. Traditionally this honor goes only to an exclusive Prada face, but this year it was given to Irina K. even though she wasn’t contracted to the house. Apparently she impressed the powers that be, and she is currently starring in Prada’s fall campaign. In addition to Prada, Irina K. also opened Oliver Theyskens’s first show for Nina Ricci, closed both YSL and Louis Vuitton, and walked for Chanel, Chloe, Marni and more.