LifeStyle covergirl: Irina Voronina

Issue Number: 
275
Published: 
2001-06-08



Date of birth: Jan. 3, 1983.

How old were were when you first started working as a model?

I was 14. I took part in a fashion show in Sevastopol. It was a show held at the modeling school where I was studying. The modeling business has no real history in Ukraine. We, the models who performed in the show, were not even paid money. A year later I moved to Kaliningrad, where I lived for the next two years. I had very little work there and last year I came to Moscow.

How did you feel during your first fashion show?

How else can a novice feel? Of course, I was nervous. My first appearance on the catwalk caused me a lot of worries. But it turned out to be OK.

Which fashion designer's clothes do you most like?

My favorites are Russian fashion designers: Natalia Drigant, Tatyana Parfyonova and Yelena Popova. Their collections are feminine and very beautiful. I would like to wear the clothes they design not only on the catwalk but in my everyday life as well.

How do you feel about baring your body during shows?

Comfortable. After all, that's my job; I chose it myself. To tell the truth, I wouldn't dare to appear completelynaked but I have nothing against baring parts of my body. I wouldn't object if I were asked to parade down the catwalk wearing a transparent blouse.

Who are your idols in the modeling business?

I like many models. I like Natasha Semanova very much and I'm very proud that she has made it among the best in the world. I also want to become the very best and I will work hard to achieve that.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to complete my course at the New Russian University's Faculty of Social and Cultural Services and Tourism. I must confess I enrolled without thinking about it too much. I just had to study somewhere.

What I really wanted was to work as a model. For many girls modeling is just a hobby but for me it is something I live for. I set myself a goal – to work as a model in Moscow – and I've achieved it. Now I've set another goal for myself: to work abroad. The only thing is that I'm 18, which means I'm getting too old for the modeling business, according to Western standards. I believe that I have enough opportunities in Russia to achieve my goals. Then, perhaps, I might try show business but this would mean further study. The problem is to find time. Frankly, I haven't decided how I'd like to get involved in show business.

Do you have problems combining your studies and your work as a model?

Life is hard in Moscow. I have my classes in the morning, castings in the afternoon and modeling in the evening. I return home late, and then I have to do my homework. But I've gotten used to it. As they say: hard in training, easy in action. I'm trying to use the proverb as a motto. This last weekend I made a trip to St. Petersburg. I enjoyed it a lot. The city is so fascinating and I had never been there before. The few days I had weren't enough to see all the interesting places. I'd like to go there again.

Less attractive girls who dream of a catwalk career are often jealous of models. Does this factor complicate your relations with the girls around you?

I'm not very close to my classmates. And I'm not the type to socialize with everybody. Therefore, my classmates don't know anything about me. I don't talk about the catwalk part of my life.

What are your hobbies?

My classes at the university are my hobby. No, I'm joking! In fact, my hobby is modern dance. The ability to dance well is a major plus in the modeling business. Also, I like reading 19th-century Russian literature and Western classics, especially Andre Maurois who captivates me with his convincing life descriptions and wisdom. Recently I read Stendhal's fascinating "La chartreuse de Parme." But I most enjoyed Yury Polyakov's philosophical story "Don't Boil the Kid in the Milk," about a writer who decided to turn an illiterate man into a Nobel Prize winning writer. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but this is a truly impressive piece of fiction. On the other hand it will be a long time before I read another pessimistic novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. His "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was more than enough.

What do your relatives think about your career as a model?

They take it in their stride. I don't think they should have any reasons for disparaging my profession. And I earn money. To tell the truth, my mother wants me to look on my modeling career as a hobby. But what I want is to be a real model.

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