Russia is known for its oil and steel billionaires who own professional sports teams around the world, for Pussy Riot and Vladimir Putin, for Siberia and its dreaded winters, for its revolution and rich history, and for its beautiful women. Here is a list of the top 10 most beautiful women celebrities in Russia.
10 Irina Voronina
Irina Voronina is a model who appeared as the Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in January 2001. She has also been featured in various Playboy videos and calendars. She has appeared in the movies like “Reno 911: Miami,” “Epic Movie,” “Balls of Fury” and “Piranha 3DD.” She has also appeared in the Cartoon Network’s “Saul of the Mole Men” and HDNet’s “Svetlana.”
9 Anya Monzikova
Anya Monzikova is a model and actress. Her family moved to the United States when she was eight years old. She first appeared as one of the models in the NBC game show entitled “Deal or No Deal.” She is the co-host of the HDNet original show called “Get Out!” She appeared in the music video of the Finnish metal band called Nightwish entitled “Amaranth.” She also modeled the character of Joanna Dark in the video game called “Perfect Dark Zero.” She has modeled for a line of customizable phone covers called Skinit. In 2007, she appeared in a photoshoot for Stuff magazine, as well as in the cover of Runway magazine. She has appeared in the movies “Surrogate” and “Iron Man 2.” She also guested in “Knight Rider” and has a role in the ABC show called “Melissa and Joey.”
8 Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich was actually born in Ukraine, but she has a Russian mother and a Serbian father. She was only 12 years old when she appeared on the cover of the Italian publication called Lei. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Revlon, L’ Oreal, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Versace. She had minor appearances in movies like “The Night Train to Kathmandu” and “Two Moon Junction.” After being featured in “Return to the Blue Lagoon,” Jovovich appeared in “Kuffs” and “Dazed and Confused.” She then broke through in the 1997 film “The Fifth Element.” She later on played the main character in “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.” She was also the lead star in the “Resident Evil” series.
7 Valentina Zelyaeva
Valentina Zelyaeva is a model who has appeared in advertising campaigns by Calvin Klein, Coach, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. She has also appeared on the fashion ramps of designers like Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Lanvin and Valentino. She has also appeared on the covers of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
6 Natasha Galkina
Natalie Galkina is a model who placed second in cycle eight of the reality competition called “America’s Next Top Model.” Also known as Natalie Gal, she was compared before to Angelina Jolie because of her trademark lips. She has made appearances in movies like “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Salt,” “Eat Pray Love,” “Going the Distance” and “Fast Five.” She has also guested in “Royal Pains,” “Running Wilde” and “Suits.”
5 Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko is a professional tennis player. She won a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the doubles competition. She has reached the quarterfinals of two Grand Slam singles, namely the 2010 Australian Open and the 2012 Wimbledon. She was the winner of the 2002 US Open junior tournament. She has won six WTA and three ITF crowns. Her first victory in the WTA Tour was in 2005 when she won the China Open. She is ranked as the number 14 player in the world as of the middle of February 2013.
4 Sofia Rudieva
Sofia Rudieva is a model and beauty queen. She was crowned as the winner of the Miss Russia beauty pageant in 2009. She started out as a model when she was only 15 years old. She was planning to enter the university when she decided to join the beauty contest when she was 18 years old. She went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe competition. She has been involved in a scandal however when nude pictures of her spread across the Internet.
3 Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is a tennis player. She holds a career Grand Slam as she has won all four major tournaments, namely the Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012. She is only the sixth woman to have ever done so. Her Wimbledon victory when she was only 17 years old catapulted her to stardom. She has already won 27 WTA tournaments, including the year ending WTA Championship in 2004. She has also been ranked as the best female tennis player in the world on five separate occasions. She has been at the top for a total of 21 weeks. She also won a silver medal in the singles competition of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Her good looks has also made her an advertising magnet, as she has endorsed the likes of Nike, Prince, Canon and Cole Haan. She has also been featured in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.
2 Natalia Vodianova
Natalia Vodianova is a model and actress. She started modeling when she was just 15 years old and moved to Paris when she was only 17. She has modeled for Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Versace, Chanel and Diane von Furstenberg. She has also appeared on the cover of Vogue. She has appeared in the movies entitled “CQ” and “Clash of the Titans.”
1 Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk is a model who has appeared on the cover of the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. She has modeled for Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Lacoste, Cesare Paciotti, Armani and Morellato. She was also in the Kanye West music video called “Power.” She has also consistently landed in the sexiest and hottest list of various publications around the world. Shayk is also the constant companion of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
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