There's something about Russians.
While many perceive and portray them as a staunch, frowning and cold people, Russians are often quite jovial, enjoy messing with you and will likely use cunning wit rather than slapstick humor to get a rise out of others.
They also boast some of the best genes in the world. Look around the world of celebrities and you'll find some of the best looking people hail from Russia - notable names like Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova come to mind.
While the tennis world has a reputation for their Russian beauties, the modeling world has its fair share of Russian flair as well. Many of the lovely ladies you see in high end commercials often hail from Russia - and really, when you want a beautiful woman with a piercing gaze in your perfume commercial, where else would you go?
Russian beauty is an entity in it's own right. Every culture has a unique "flavor" to their good looks, whether it's South America's tanned skin, Scandanavia's blonde hair, or Canadian girls scantily clad in a snowstorm. Russian girls have an almost stoic beauty - silent, emotionless at times, but deadly - and incredibly beautiful. Kind of complex, but at the end of the day, just downright good looking.
Their models might be Russia's greatest gift since the likes of sports star Alex Ovechkin, and even though we don't always agree with them, we're all on the same page with Russia when it comes to their ladies.
10 Vika Falileeva - Siberia's Finest
9 Emiliya Vishnevskaya - From Modeling To Singing
8 Gia Skova - The Beauty Of The Volga
7 Anna Kournikova - The "Athlete"
Ok, so she's not a "model" in the truest sense of the word, but after much deliberation we decided that Anna Kournikova does in fact deserve a spot on the list. She's Russian, she's modeled, and she's gorgeous. Meets all the criteria and passes with flying colors. Of course, we all know of Kournikova the athlete, and we know of her as a model on the most basic of levels - but she's done some "more serious" modeling work over the years, during and post tennis career.
6 Natalia Vodianova - The Supernova
She's been nicknamed the "Supernova" - as appropriate a moniker as one can have.
Supermodel Natalia Vodianova was the face of Calvin Klein for a good chunk of her career, and established herself as a top-end model through her many magazine covers and work with top brands around the world.
5 Masha Novoselova - Ms. Steamy
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1400"] Via https://www.pinterest.com[/caption]
Considered somewhat of a rising star in the supermodel world, Maria "Masha" Novoselova has everything she needs to turn "rising" star into "current" star. She's been working with countless high-end brands, has graced the cover of several popular fashion magazines, and is represented by some of the most influential model agencies in the world. She's been highly sought after for photo shoots and fashion shows alike for years now, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. To put it in perspective for the ladies - she's been one of the lucky ones who gets to drape themselves all over David Beckham in one of his many steamy commercials.
4 Anne Vyalitsyna - The Versatile Model
Who doesn't love a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model?
Anne Vyalitsyna was discovered by IMG and MTV back in the early 2000's, and after moving to the U.S, her modeling career took off.
Vyalitsyna has been in a star in SI's famous annual volume for a decade, while also earning a reputation as a top model thanks to covers on Vogue, Elle and Glamour. She's worked for Channel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and other high-end consumer brands. She's also a music video darling, making notable appearances in videos by Alanis Morissette and a couple of Maroon 5 hits (she was dating Adam Levine for awhile).
3 Natasha Poly - The Familiar Face
You've likely seen Natasha Poly in an H&M poster somewhere along the line, and stopped to take a second glance without tipping anyone off. Then again, there's a laundry list of brands that might have Poly's face attached to it, so there's a good chance you've seen her on a poster or billboard somewhere along the line.
2 Valentina Zelyaeva - The Vocal Model
If you were looking for the (flawless) face of Russian modeling, look no further. Valentina Zelyaeva was once one of the highest paid models in the world, and with good reason. A stunning Russian beauty, Zelyaeva has graced the covers of Vogue magazine all over the world and was most recently the face of Ralph Lauren (a fine choice by them). Zelyaeva has captured many a heart with her stunning features, and now she can likely add yours to that collection, too.
1 Irina Shayk - The Top Dog
Likely the most recognizable name on the list, Irina Shayk is a Sports Illustrated veteran - and legend, by most standards. Let's face it: when Cristiano Ronaldo dates you for several years, you're getting the legend tag in one category or another. A Victoria Secret's angel and the cover girl for several big-name magazines including SI and Cosmo, Shayk has carved out a spot at the top of the Russian modeling totem pole - and for that we say thank you, Russia.
From music video's with Kanye, to Letterman appearances, countless advertising campaigns and magazine covers, and a major movie role (she was Megara in Hercules), Shayk has just about done it all, and is by far the most famous Russian model on this side of the Atlantic - or Pacific, depending on how you want to look at it. Either way, one thing is for certain: coast to coast, Shayk is a fan favorite among North Americans.
Sources: models.com; wikipedia.org
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!