In one of your YouTube blogs you mentioned that you had become a model by accident and relatively late in life (as a sophomore in college). Do you regret not starting modeling earlier?
At first, I did regret that I didn’t go into modeling sooner. For the most part, girls begin working as models between the age of 15 and 16. By the age of 20, they have a sizeable portfolio and experience of shooting for different brands. However, their careers often end sooner as well. There is time for everything and that timing is different for every person. I didn’t start modeling at the age of 15, but I managed to graduate from college and mature as a person instead. Today, I don’t feel sorry about anything at all. It all played out well.
What misconceptions about modeling do you encounter the most and do you try to prove those wrong?
The most common myth about modeling is that models are feebleminded, sugar babes if not worse. Unfortunately, there is no point in proving people wrong. People will always see what they want to see. Like with any other profession, there are all sorts of people in modeling. The girls I get to work with have college degrees, speak several languages and some are incredibly creative!
Your biggest take-away from this past year?
I’ve learned to meditate. Modern world is so overwhelming that most people can’t stop and clear their minds even for a few minutes. When we put hundreds of thoughts that clutter our mind on hold, we recharge and start fresh.
What person in the fashion industry would you want to meet and why?
Coco Chanel but unfortunately, she is no longer alive. I am not drawn to people who merely have something to do with fashion. I am amazed at individuals who not only are talented in what they do, but also have extraordinary insight and wisdom, whose sayings people quote, and who become the subject of books and movies. I like reading biographies of those who made history. I would love meeting them in person, see the way they behave, the way they speak, the traits they possess, and finally grasp what it is that makes them stand out.
What is the most painful goodbye that you have had to say lately?
The most painful goodbye was probably with my parents. I moved to the USA and they stayed in the Ukraine. We don’t get to see each other as often as we wish. It is difficult considering that I am an only child and I am very close with my family.
Do you have a dream that didn’t come true just yet?
I would love to act in a movie. I don’t have much acting experience yet and I didn’t go to school for that, but I am still convinced that I will make this dream a reality someday.
If you had to choose between a career as a model or keeping your YouTube blog, what would you ultimately choose?
I would choose YouTube since it opens lots of opportunities in different areas, even modeling. Some bloggers became models through their YouTube channels. Video blogging allows me to influence a greater number of people which, to me, is tremendously important.
Besides showing the daily life of a model, your YouTube videos also motivate your subscribers. You touch upon rather serious subjects related to personal growth. What is your goal with that?
As cliché as it may sound, I would like to make the world a better place by contributing, even slightly, to change by carrying a message that builds people up. When I receive letters in which people thank me and share stories of how my videos have inspired them to make positive changes in their lives, it makes me incredibly happy. When a large audience has their eyes upon you, it is a tremendous responsibility and it would be a shame not to use such an opportunity to make a positive influence in people’s lives.
Is there a rule that you never break?
It’s kind of silly but the first thing that comes to mind is that no matter how tired I am or how late I go to bed, I always remove my makeup and apply moisturizer.
In the modeling word, a happy marriage is rather an exception than a rule. How do you and your husband,Yevgeniy, manage to make your relationship work without trying to change each other?
A happy marriage is indeed an exception and not only in the modeling industry. Unfortunately, these days the institution of marriage and family is getting devalued; the number of divorces keeps increasing and there are fewer happily married couples. I wouldn’t say that my relationship with Jensen goes without us trying to change. We both get reshaped to a certain degree. It happens gradually as we adjust and learn to understand one another.
What part does money play in your life and is there an amount that would allow you to stop working?
I’ll put it this way: some people are obsessed with money, ways to make it or the lack of it. I think it’s a mistake. I try to focus on goals instead; money is just a collateral factor. I enjoy what I do. I would still keep doing it even if I did not have to make a living, maybe just in a more relaxed manner, making more time for personal development.
What has life in the U.S. taught you? Do you still miss your motherland?
It has taught me to be more open to everything new and unusual, from new food to different people and new cultures. Before moving here, it seems that I lived in a box; to me everything was either black or white. Immigration is stepping out of your comfort zone; it opens your mind and makes you bolder. I miss my motherland sometimes but now I only see myself as a visitor there.
RUSSIAN TIME MAGAZINE
Published on Mar 1, 2018
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