Russian models are taking over the runway, and for a good reason. Their resilience and hard work is evident as most of them start literally from scratch. Although Russia’s modeling industry in general is yet to get the attention it deserves, most Russian models do not make it to the world scene. The ones that do, however, go on to become as successful as their American counterparts. Major fashion stables are turning to the fierce and deep crystal eyes associated with Russian models, and it is just a matter of time before Russia becomes more than just the biggest country in the world.
Here are few Hottest & Richest Russian Female Models of 2017
10. Irina Shayk – Net Worth $4 Million
Irina was talented in music when she was a child but later on decided to pursue marketing. After a failed stint at marketing she enrolled for beauty school where she was spotted by a local modeling agency and by 2004 she was already famous in her local area. In 2007 the gorgeous Irina was named the face of Intimissimi and was part of the team that featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was named the official brand ambassador for Intimissimi in 2010. She has also modeled for top fashion houses such as Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste and Morelatto. She is also an actor and has appeared in the blockbuster movie Hercules alongside Dwayne Johnson. Shayk is also involved in charity work in Russia. The 31 year old raises funds for Pomogi, a charitable organization that helps sick children. She is also involved in rebuilding a Maternity clinic in her hometown of Yemanzhelinsk.
9. Valentina Zelyaeva – Net Worth $8 Million
The gorgeous 34 year old model decided to pursue modeling when she was a little girl. When she moved to Japan to pursue her education she decided to venture into modeling. Through her parents support she was able to make her way to New York City where her modeling career took off better than expected. Valentine has appeared and featured in high end shows all over the world. She has modeled for top brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. She has made it on the cover page of top Magazines such as Vogue, Ellen and Glamour. She has walked down the runway for elite brands such as Fendi and Gucci. Valentine currently runs her own blog where she shares healthy eating recipes and also empowers women through her inspirational talks.
8. Sasha Pivovarova – Net Worth $8 Million
Sasha never dreamed of becoming a model when she was young. She began modeling in 2005 when her husband and longtime friend submitted her photos to an international modeling agency. Since then she has appeared in many campaign adverts for famous brands such as Prada, Chanel, juicy Couture, Mulberry and Hugo Boss. Furthermore, Sasha has appeared in various magazine covers for Vogue and was shortlisted as one of the Worlds Next Top Models. She has been the face of famous of worldwide brands such as Chanel and Prada. She is currently the longest appearing model for Prada where she featured in campaign advertisements 19 times in 2016 alone. The 31 year old does art and has her pieces showcased in various galleries around the world. She has also started a sleepwear cloth line.
7. Natasha Poly – Net Worth $14 Million
31 year old model started modeling locally in the early 2000’s. Natasha was discovered by a fashion scout and later on she was called to participate in a Russia model search where she scooped the runner’s up prize. She made her debut as she walked for fashion icon Emmanuel Ungano and later on in the same year she got to do 54 walks for different houses. In turn she has also walked for big names including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Lanvin, Calvin Klein Jeans, Givenchy, Fendi, Louis Vuitton not forgetting sports brands Versace and Emilio Pucci. Natasha has walked for Victoria Secret twice and has got popular by so. She is regarded as one of the super models in Russia.
6. Tatiana Sorokko – Net Worth $15 Million
45 year old daughter of nuclear physicists was born and grew up in Russia all her life. Under her case she studied physics in the university and while there she was discovered by an owner of a modeling agency and walked into the fashion life-style. Not for long did she stay hidden as she got to walk on Dior’s runway. Standing tall at 5 feet 11 inches the beauty got to model with big names in the industry including Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Giorgio Armani and Dior. Tatiana is a collector of antique jewelry.
5. Natalia Vodianova – Net Worth $16 Million
Natalia Vodianova’s modeling career started at age 15. It however took two years to pick up pace and she eventually signed with fashion house Viva Models. She has over 400 runway experiences in her resume, most of them being for high profile fashion houses and designers. She has modeled for Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy among others. She has also worked with the best photographers in the industry. Her illustrious career spread to hollywoood appearing in the epic movie Clash of the Ttans.
4. Daria Werbowy –Net Worth $21 Million
The 33 year old dual citizenship holder started modeling at the age of 14. She studied in a school of art before joining the fashion world which later exposed her to the world and got booked for shows in Canada. Thinking that her first walk would be successful all went array for her after it was cancelled due to the 9/11 terrorist attack. She went back to Canada giving up on modeling continuing with her schooling. She then got her first walk as a success for her as she hold the record for opening and closing most shows in one season. Daria has also done photo-shoots with the best photographers including the likes of Steven Meisel, alongside fellow models such as Lara StonLara Stone and Isabeli Fontana. She is more of an adventurous lady for as she sails travelling round the world.
3. Anna Kournikova – Net Worth $50 Million
The beautiful 35 year old came into the spotlight when she started out as a professional tennis player. She began playing tennis at the age of 5 when she was enrolled for a children’s program. At the age of 14 she attracted tennis scouts all over the world and finally went to the USA where she joined the ITF main roll. Though she never won a major single she ranked an all-time high 8th position in 2000 but her career came to a standstill in 2003 due to injury. Due to her stardom and her stunning looks she was signed by big time tennis sportswear houses to model their brands. In 2011 she was ranked 29th among the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time by Men’s Health. Anna currently exhibitions for the WTA during charitable events, writes books and organizes tennis workout sessions for upcoming players.
2. Anna Selezneva – Net Worth $12 Million
The 30 year old started modeling in 2007 after she was scouted when she was working at a McDonalds. In 2008 she began her modeling career in Paris where she debuted during a Pret-a-Porter show. Anna has modeled for almost all major brands in the world most notably Balmain, Chanel, Gucci, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. She has graced the covers of top magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Elle and Glamour. Selezneva has appeared in campaign adverts for top fashion houses such as Emporio Armani and The Calvin Klein Collection. She was ranked among the Top 30 models for the 2000s and has plans to go back to school to pursue a postgraduate course on Psychology.
1. Maria Sharapova – $145 Million
29 year old professional tennis player began practicing to play tennis at the age of 4 at a park and later on started taking professional lessons. She would attend tennis matches only for her to participate in a junior women’s tennis match. For the junior grand slam titles she got to be runners up twice and she also got to lose her first Australian open and France open. She got a taste of rising to fame in Wimbledon getting to reach the semi-finals eventually losing the title. She first became the US champion in 2006. In 2007 she suffered a shoulder injury but that didn’t stop her from playing tennis but it stopped her from hitting the court in championships. She got her surgery done for her in 2009 for her but only later in 2013 for her to suffer another shoulder injury scare. Despite the injuries Maria has shown talent on the court having 5 titles and running up for other titles 5 times.
It is quite clear that Russians mean business, with the fashion world in the country still budding. Russian models are exciting to watch, their facial expression in front of the camera being one of the most sought after in the industry. Russia’s fashion industry has grown tremendously now having a net worth of over 10 billion dollars, and growing at an average 5% annually. The figures are all ponging to a Russian dominated modeling industry, and they are well worth every penny.