“When I was 17, my boyfriend at the time recommended I enrol at a modelling school. However, it was only when I was selected by a Parisian agency in Moscow that I started to realise modelling was a career option.”
“Being in the centre of an industry that is a large source of creative power.”And what’s the worst part?
“It requires a lot of patience and a lot of hard work.”What are your beauty essentials?
“I love the Guerlain Terracotta range [try Terra Azzurra by Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles d’Azur, $121, and Bronzing Powder, $145]. I use Viviscal Shampoo and Conditioner [approximately $15 each] for my hair.”
Do you take extra steps to care for your complexion when flying?
“Yes. It’s very important to cleanse and moisturise your skin. And I always apply a few drops of Guerlain’s iconic fragrance, Shalimar EDT 50ml, $126, to help me feel good.”What beauty secrets will you be passing on to your daughter?
“Less is more! Always moisturise your skin and be natural.”How do you stay in shape?
“I am lucky to have good genetics, but I like to walk in the countryside, practise horse riding and do yoga. I also make sure I eat a balanced diet.”What do you do to relax?
“At the moment, I’m loving Michael Houellebecq’s The Map And The Territory (Random House, $32), and listening to Zemfira [$16.99 from iTunes].”How important is your philanthropic work to you?
“I’m very involved in my charity work. The Naked Heart Foundation [which provides a safe environment for children to play] was created in 2005, following the Beslan massacre [the previous year]. I was so shocked by what I saw and wanted to do something to help improve these children’s lives.”