Hello, my name is Valentina

From Siberia with Love
My journey begins in Eastern Siberia. Born near by a magical lake Baikal I grew up a very outdoorsy kid.
Being outside in nature playing with dirt and wild animals, hiking in Siberian Taiga forest and picking wild berries, eating fresh produce from my grandma garden - my childhood was a dream that every kid could imagine.
Eventually my family moved to Moscow where I went to high school and attended 2 years of university.
I was discover in Moscow subway when an agent approached me and suggested to me to try modeling. Following his advise I signed with a local agency and my modeling journey began. In my first international trip I went to Tokyo. I stayed in Japan for 2 years modeling for local clients but my goal was to go to New York.
After gaining a modeling experience in Japan I decided to go to New York with a hopes of establishing an international career. 
New York was tough, alluring, glamourous and exciting. Working really hard and believing in myself I made my modeling career establishing a great relationships with the fashion clients.
In my first year in New York I shot an ad campaigns  for Calvin Klein and  Balenciaga. In the following year I  signed an exclusive 11 year contract with Ralph Lauren. I  appeared on a multiple covers and editorials for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Clair, Glamour, Interview, W and many others.
On healthy living
Working in a fashion industry where everyone judging  you by the way you look I became very conscious about being “perfect”. I always thought that I’m not skinny enough. This led me to experiment with different diets.  I’ve tried everything possible but all diets have a temporary effect beside diets simply don’t work. Lucky one day I came across a book that changed my life. It was a book about raw food lifestyle.
I read this book over night and it changed my life. Eating fruits , vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts in their natural state gives your body all necessary nutrients to be healthy, glowing, maintain your natural weight. For the first time in my life I didn’t need to count calories.
I was able to enjoy delicious food and not to worry about gaining or loosing weight.
Certified health coach
I started to research more, watch videos, read books and articles. I switched my skin care routing to all natural and organic. I took my first yoga class and started to meditate daily.
  Passion for a healthy living led me  to enroll in online nutrition program at the  Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. In 2015 I graduated IIN and became a certified health coach.
What I’m doing now
I recently became a wellness and beauty columnist for ELLE Russia. My monthly wellness articles appear on the pages of ELLE Russia as well as beauty videos on ELLE’s YouTube channel.
Currently I live between New York, NY and Taos, New Mexico. I spend my time modeling, writing wellness articles for my blog and  magazines, giving interviews on the topics of beauty, wellness and health.

My partner and I will be opening an Apothecary store in Taos, NM in 2018. In  our Apothecary you will find essential oils, natural skin care, herbal medicine, teas, honey products and more. All our products are made in-house using wild harvested seasonal ingredients gathered in a local forest. 

If you are passionate about natural, healthy and holistic living feel free to contact me for an awesome collaborations.  





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