They will tease you with stunning bodies and killer figures. Their accent is even more tantalizing and when they walk down the runway, you can’t help but stare. Russian models are among the most sought after runway queens. They have made quite a name for themselves especially in Europe and the U.S, taking the fashion industry by storm and always being at the top in the industry. A model’s career is very short, with most of them not able to work past their late thirties. Russian models are an exception, with so many professionals hitting forty while still remaining very much relevant. Here are the top 10 richest Russian models as of 2017.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Richest Russian Models in 2017
10. Irina Shayk
Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova or just Irina Shayk was born of a coal miner father and kindergarten teaching mother, in Yemanzhelinsk, USSR 30 years ago. Her breakthrough in the industry came when she appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and became the face of Intimissimi lingerie. She is the hot model in Kanye West’s ‘’Power’’ video and was once voted sexiest woman in the world by Hungarian magazine Periodika. She is one hot and rich diva and contributes to charitable organizations back home in Russia.
9. Natalia Vodianova
The 28 yearold sexy red hair is the true definition of from Nada to Prada. Popularly known as Supernova, she is a high profile supermodel, actress and a very generous philanthropist. Her breakthrough came when she signed a seven figure contract with Calvin Klein. Natalia is very rich, she was ranked third highest earing model by Forbes back in 2012, raking in over 8 million dollars in one calendar year. Last year alone she earned 7 million dollars. Her acting career has seen her star in Clash of the Titans playing ‘’Medusa’’. She volunteers for the Naked Heart Foundation.
8. Sasha Pipovarova
Aleksandra Igorevna Pivovarova or better yet Sasha Pipovarova is one stunning and sexy model. She is Prada’s longest standing model, having appeared in 19 Ads for the clothing company, as of 2016. Her modeling career was launched by her friend and later husband Igor Vishnyakov when he took photos of her and sent them to modeling company IMG. Her modeling career has seen her pose for Chanel, Prada, Dior Beauty, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu among others. She has graced the cover of Vogue nine times.
7. Tatiana Sorokko
45 year old Russian born American model, haute couture collector and fashion pundit Tatiana Sorokko has proven age is just but a number in modeling. The successful beauty has appeared in almost every major magazine, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Elle and Cosmopolitan. She has modeled for ClavinKlein, Prada, Chado Ralph, Marc Jacobs, Chanel and a whole string of other big names in the industry. The style icon is regarded as one of the most successful models in the world.
6. Anne Vyalitsyna
She is one amongst the Top 10 Most Popular richest Russian Models 2017. Anne Vyalitsyna is perhaps the most popular name in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, having appeared 10 consecutive times between 2005 and 2014. Born of a pediatrician mother and a sports doctor father, she began modeling at age 16. Her professional modeling career kicked off when she won a contest that was sponsored by MTV and international modeling agency IMG. She has modeled for Vogue, Elle and Glamor among other high profile names in the fashion industry. She is also a Victoria’s Secret Fashion model having featured in several of the lingerie powerhouse’s modeling shows.
5. Daria Komarkova
Fashion supermodel Daria Komarkova started of modeling in 1998 when she attended an open call casting agency event. Not finishing first did not shop her pursuit of runway stardom. After a few modeling stints in Russia and Asia, she finally made it to New York at age 21. She went on to model for major stylists in the industry on her way to super stardom. Her most notable achievements include working with Marie Claire, Harper Bazaar and Shop till you Drop in Britain and Australia.
4. Valentina Zelyaeva
Valentina Zelyaeva has one decorated professional modeling career. Having represented major fashion houses including Tommy Hilfiger, Coach and New York fashion giants Ralph Lauren Calvin Klein. She has also modeled for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Christian Dior. Milan Fashion Week banned underweight models; Valentina did not take the news very well. She launched a major campaign against discriminating underweight models and the fete received major support from her fellow skinny colleagues. This went on to validate her voice and influence in the industry.
3. Masha Novoselova
36 year old Masha Novoselova hit a career high in 2007 when she signed for Storm Model Management. The Victoria’s Secret model has also worked with Christian Dior, Chanel Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and Miss Sixty. She was Victoria Beckham’s choice for her hyped and highly successful underwear campaign. She is marries to Dimitri Rassam, son to famous French actress Carol Bouquet. Masha loves the runway, the red carpet and flashy lights, and she has embraced her stardom status very well.
2. Anna Kournikova
Celebrity tennis player, model and fashion icon Anna Kournikova is one of the most famous tennis players in the world. Her success in sport, coupled with her runway prowess goes on to prove that Russia is a truly influential powerhouse the world over. She has been world number one plenty of times especially in doubles. She took up modeling full time after ending her tennis career prematurely at age 21, citing serious health and fitness problems. The 31 year old is a force to reckon with both in the fashion, sport and film industry and she has earned every penny she has made along the way.
1. Maria Sharapova
You know you are a legit sweetheart when a candy company creates a whole brand of candies under your name.’’ Sugarpova’’ is Maria Sharapova’s personal branded candy. 29 year old pro tennis player and fashion icon Maria Sharapova continues to put Russia on the map. The former Olympic Gold medalist and five-time Wimbledon champion has been successful in everything she has set her eyes on. She was world number one at age 18, and is the only Russian to hold a grand slam. Away from tennis, she has modeled for Sports Illustrated, Nike, Canon and Price, and has been the face of Cole Haan. Tag Heuer, Land Rover and Canon pounced on the chance to include her in their adverts, and understandably so. She is a goodwill ambassador for UNDP, and runs her own charity organization, the Maria Sharapova Foundation.
These above are the Top 10 Most Popular richest Russian Models 2017. They might have starved themselves to stardom, but Russian models are highly sought after for their dedication, natural, innate ability and stunning looks. The world of fashion would not be the same without the inclusion of these Russian supermodels.