About

 

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.

Modeling

I was discovered in Moscow subway when I was 18 years old. The next two years I spent in Japan modeling and traveling around.

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 dreams come true.

In my first year in New York I shot 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 self-conscious about being “perfect”. I was starving and depriving myself, counting calories and eating only carrots. I was tired of this way of living, and I knew that there must be another way.

One day I came across a book about raw food. I read it overnight. Everything made sense to me. The next day, I bought a juicer and a blender. I started making green smoothies, almond milk and vegetable juices. I discovered raw chocolate, amazing spirulina and chlorella. I switched my skin and body care to all-natural products. I cleansed and detoxed my body. I took my first yoga class and started to meditate daily, waking up at 5 am. 

I was able to enjoy delicious food and not to worry about gaining or loosing weight.

Certified health coach

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 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.

I live between New York and Los Angeles. I spend my time modeling, writing wellness articles for my blog and magazines, giving interviews on the topics of beauty, wellness and health.

I’m currently taking an online course at The Herbal Academy where I’m learning all about herbs and it’s medicinal qualities.

I’m truly excited about all things wellness and if you are passionate about natural, healthy and holistic living feel free to contact me for an awesome collaborations.

Love,

Valentina.

 

 

 

 

 
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