What inspired you to get into this industry? I think, the thing which inspired me to het into this industry, that I always get compliments and admiration about my hair colour. People usually say that it is very unique and they never saw it before. I mean there are a lot of ginger girls, of course, or my hair color also called “strawberry-blond”, but to meet somebody with natural color and tone like mine – I agree – its rare. So I found some uniqueness in myself and thought – why not? why not to try modelling.
Describe yourself in a few words. Im very friendly, open-minded and emotional person. Also, I consider myself a person, who has good sense of humour and can be sarcastic in difficult life situations. Me too, I like people like that, you can see the bright part of situation, or to make fun of this, so you are not taking this so seriously anymore – and it means is doesnt harm you anymore, if it did.
Instagram or Facebook? Both and also a snapchat. Its so convinient- you dont need to call to your friends every time and can just simply see, whats going on in their life.
Who is your favorite designer? There are many. For lengirie I like agent provocater and bordelle. Clothes – Balmain, Loro Piano, Elie Saab dresses, Gucci -last summer collection – bright and fun, loved it.
Bikini or Monokini? Its all depends on the style of swimming suit. I love both of them. But recently I started to like Monokini a lot, cause it very classy and chic.
Champagne or Gin Tonic? Champagne, of course and wine, white, red, rose. I like to drink red wine more in cold season, it helps to keep you warm and have effect of cosyness, when you drinking it home, next to fireplace and watching your favourite movie, as I used to do.
Whats your favorite desert? I love yougurt icecream and mochi, its japanise rice cake made of mochigome with an icecream inside! So delicious!
Heels or flats?Since I moved to London, honestly i prefer flats. Cause if you live in center of London, you dont use car much. Everything is closed – so you just walk, and love to walk in Hyde park with beautiful nature around.
Do you work out? Yes, I do work out, but unfortunatly, cause I am travelling a lot sometimes i have big intervals between sessions. I think I have to find out how to train in any part of world and anytime.
Which has been your most memorable shooting? I think it was for FHM cover story for January this year. I came for that purpose to Kiev (Ukraine), the city met me so warm and shooting itself was so much fun. I really liked the team I worked with, they created for me rigorous and at the same time super sexual image with bowtie and shirt. I was super jetlagged and had lack of sleep but the shooting was amazing. I still cant get enough of this beautiful pictures and cover.
What is your guilty pleasure? I think it might be about food. I really love to eat sometimes in good places. And I dont understand models, who doesnt eat at all. But there are many of that.
What do you find sexy in a man? Intellegence, brain, politeness, education for sure. The rest can be about appearance. But the most important part is how he behaves and what he says.
Are you a party person? I used to like to go out, but now I prefer more healthy life.
What is your sign? Im copricorn.
Would you rather like to be a guess girl or shoot for sports illustrated? I think both, But for sport illustation its a good motivation, as all girls are super fit there and good looking.
What is your favorite holiday destination? I like Italy, Capri. Its a beautiful place and very romantic and the food there is amazing, I would advise everyone to visit this place.
If you could choose one super power, which one would it be? I think to read other people’s thoughts might be interesing superpower.
How old were you when you had your first kiss? I think 15. It was at school, cant even remeber the details, but it was funny.
What are you thankful for? I am thankful that I still getting what I want, even if it sometimes hard and you see no luck. But if you persistent sooner or later – your dreams will come true.
Who would you like to be for one day? Maybe I would like to be a very public and famous person for one day: to get experience how should behave and what mistakes I have to avoid, cause before doing something you have to think twice, as all you words and actions can be perceived differently. Being public it is very hard work – you dont have chance for mistakes.
Are you a morning person? I think Im more evening person, but Im trying to be more morning, to be more productive and to do much more things during the day. But it is hard cause I always fly and have jetlags.
What is your biggest fear? I think I have only small ones, like I scared of swimming in the deep see. I can swim very good, but the realising the deepness is scares me.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? I cant even remeber. I have many shoes, especially high-heels. Dont have space for them in my wardrobe.
Which 3 survival essentials will we always find in your purse? Always hairbrush, money and keys for the house.
What do you get complimented on the most? Definitely my hair color. Everybody is asking me if it is my natural. Also, I get compliments about my nose a lot. I dont know why.
How has modeling changed other aspects of your life? It changed for sure my perceptions about model career life. I realised that behind everything is very hard and persistent work.
What are your goals as a model? I was on the covers of MAXIM, FHM and Playboy magazine. I wanna continue my work and I would like to do some more covers and to start in TV-show, I have already proposition from russian one, but its a secret for now. Also, I would like to take a part in some musical video.
Batman or Superman? Superman
What advice do you have for other aspiring models? give it a try, there is no harm in that, you never know maybe it can work out eventually.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? maybe Russell James, becouse he works with Victorea’s secrets .
Do you have a life motto? Think Always positive way.
Who is your role model? I adore british fashion, her name is Cara Delevingne. She is 24 and she has appeared in fashion shows for houses including Burberry, Mulberry, Dolce and Gabbana, and Jason Wu. You can often notice her on the billboards of world-famous designers.
What is your biggest fear? my biggets fear is to fail exams in university. Hehe))
Do you have a fashion icon? Anna Dello Russo.
Whats your favorite instagram account? I like follow insta accounts with funny videos or jokes, sometimes it making my day and increase my mood. People take life too seriously, I like sarcasm and making fun out of everything.
Which of the „Big 5“ models is your favorite? Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Amber Valletta
Did you always wanted to become a model? Since I was a kid I dreamt to be come model or an actress. I think models like Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer inspired me so much. I was amazed by their beautiness.
Who is your secret crush? To be honest I cant even remember, maybe it means I dont have it?
With which person dead or alive would you like to have dinner? Don’t really know. I think I already had. Cause I wanted to meet Jeremy Piven, as I was just in love with his work as an actor, I think he is the great one, especially after TV-series “Mr. Selfridges” he became my favourite, and I met him afterwards. And indeed, He is great actor and person. His professionalism like a benchmark for me.
Do you have a beauty secret? My beauty secret is quite simple: To have enough sleeping hours, not to drink water before going to sleep and also drink alcohol as less as possible, better is to exclude at all, if you want to look fresh. Another one secret is to dream a lot and think about what drives you crazy: people see this sparkle in your eyes and feel your positive spirit – I think its the most pretty and magnetic part about person, this is what makes someone charismatic as well.
NAME: Irina Myasnikova
BASED: London, Moscow
AGENCY: GAP, Evita
All photos made by Julia Skalozub