“A Ukrainian beauty that conquered the world” – every model dreams to hear these words. But some dream while others go for their dream. Who are they, these Ukrainian top models that conquered the world podiums? How did they get into the modeling business and managed to climb to its top?
The Ukrainian modeling business never stops pleasing the world with real beauties. They take part in promotional photo sessions and walk the red carpet. Hot Ukrainian single girls become stars of famous fashion events like Fashion's Night Out and Victoria's Secret fashion shows. Photos of Ukrainian girls appear on the covers of magazines and on yellow pages. In this article, we’ll show you 12 most famous Ukrainian models, who managed to win the love of millions of fans from all over the globe and earn the respect of the best designers, achieving stunning success on world’s podiums.
12) Victorya Sasonkina
Victorya Sasonkina is a Ukrainian model known all over the world. At the age of 17, she signed a contract with the Major Management modeling agency. She is on the list of “Top-20 Fashion Models of the World.” This blonde with blue eyes and unusual appearance was born in Odessa on January 1, 1988. Since the age of 7, Victorya has been engaged in arts. She graduated from Odessa University, where she studied architecture and design. One day Victorya came to casting with her friend, where she got noticed. That’s when her modeling career began. Victorya’s debut on the podium took place at Issey Miyake spring show in Paris in October 2006. This hot Ukrainian girl’s pics appeared on the covers of Vogue, Allure, and V magazine; she became the face of many advertising campaigns, from Calvin Klein, Alberta Ferretti, and Prada to Bottega Veneta, John Galliano, and Mulberry. In Ukraine, Victoria works with the L-Models and Art Podium agencies. Now she lives in New York.
11) Alla Kostromycheva
Today, Alla is one of the most successful models of the world podium. At the age of 22, which is rather late in the modeling business, Alla took part in Colette Dinnigan Paris show. A year later she got into the “Top-10 Most Promising Models of the World.” Alla worked with Givenchy, YSL, and Alexander McQueen. This beauty was born on June 11, 1986, in Sevastopol, Ukraine. She entered the local model school at the age of 16, but her professional career began after she turned 20. Alla was confident that the modeling business wouldn’t become a job of her life. That’s why, after graduating from school, she entered the Sevastopol National Technical University, but in the third semester, she signed a promising contract with one of the best Milanese agencies Why Not. Today, Alla is one of the most recognizable hot Ukrainian brides: she opens shows by Alexander Mcqueen and Saint Laurent, works a lot in advertising campaigns, and develops her own modeling agency KModels.
10) Snezhana Onopko
Snezhana Onopko has achieved incredible success, turning from a simple girl into a world-famous supermodel. She worked with the most influential and successful brands and magazines and, as a result, got into the “Top 10 Most Successful Models of the World.” Snezhana made her first attempt to become a model at 14, but it wasn’t successful. At the age of 18, the girl moved to Kiev where she met Oleg Voropaev, a well-known “supplier” of hot Ukrainian girls to world podiums. In the summer of 2004, Snezhana was introduced to the director of the AL Model Management modeling agency who came to casting in Ukraine, and from there, her road to success began. Snezhana was the face of the advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Lanvin, Prada, Yves Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Shiseido – and this is not the whole list. Today Snezhana works with several agencies, including Modelwerk (Germany) and AL Models (USA, Ukraine). She is one of the best podium models.
9) Natalya Piro
Natalya Pirozhkova (Natalya Piro) began conquering the world modeling arena since the age of 16. Red hair and chameleon eyes became Natalya's business card; she’s often compared and sometimes confused with a British model and actress Lily Cole. Natalya was born in 1988 and got into the modeling business by chance. She accidentally saw an announcement about free recruitment to the Ukrainian Art-Podium model school. Soon she took part in a local beauty contest, and after winning it, she signed a contract with the “Next” agency and moved to New York. Natalya walked on podiums in London, New York, Milan, and Paris. She also took part in the show organized by one of the world’s most expensive designers, Elie Saab – Ukrainian Fashion Week, presenting the Haute Couture autumn-winter 2009 collection. Also, Natalya took part in the advertising campaigns for Kate Spade, Féraud, and Ray Ban. Today Natalya is one of the most famous and sexy Ukrainian girls in the world.
8) Nataliya Gotsiy
Nataliya is not only one of the most famous but also one of the most scandalous Ukrainian models of the 2000s. She was born on July 10, 1985. Her career in the modeling business began by accident when Nataliya came to one of the Kiev agencies’ casting to support her friend and was invited to take part in the Elite Model Look contest. At the age of 19, she won the international competition “Ford Supermodel of the World.” After this, Nataliya got a profitable contract with Ford Models. The girl took part in photo shoots for Vogue, Marie Claire, and ELLE. She became the face of the fragrances "212" by Carolina Herrera and "Baby Doll" by Yves Saint Laurent. Nataliya worked as a model for such brands as D&G, Fendi, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance, and others. Unfortunately, under the pressure of fashion industry standards, Nataliya became anorexic. But despite her condition, she earns the 8th place on our list of hot Ukrainian women.
7) Olga Kurylenko
Today, Olga is considered a French actress and model, although she was born on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine. She is famous for starring as a Bond girl. She attended a local school, studying English and taking piano lessons at the same time. At the age of 16, the future actress and model moved to Paris, where she signed a contract with the Madison modeling agency. At the age of 18, Kurylenko appeared on the covers of Glamor, ELLE, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Vogue. She also became the face of Lejaby, Bebe clothing, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein. During her modeling career, Olga began acting. Her debut on the screens happened in 2005 when she starred in the erotic film “L’annulaire.” She gained true fame as an actress after the release of the film “Paris, Je t'aime” (2006). Two years later, Olga played the role of the Bond girl in “Quantum of Solace,” with Daniel Craig as her partner. Since then, she became one of the hot Ukrainian women who conquered world cinema.
6) Evelina Mambetova
This beautiful Ukrainian model debuted at the fashion show in New York. Her bright appearance made her known to the world: the girl became one of the most popular Ukrainian models abroad. It was Evelina who took part in Vogue Ukraine photo shoot for the magazine’s first issue. Contracts with Philip Lim, Jeremy Laing, and Richard Chai – here are just a small list of her career achievements, not to mention the covers of fashion magazines. In 2008, a respected fashion portal WWD called Evelina an interesting season opening, and in 2011, the fashion brand Mulberry named a new collection of purses in this sexy Ukrainian bride’s honor. Evelina participated in the shows of famous world brands, among which are Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, and many others. In addition to working as a model, she graduated from London's Oxford Brookes University, where she studied law. Evelina’s bright and evocative appearance deserves her 6th place in our rating of hot Ukrainian women.
5) Ella Kandyba
Ella's career began swiftly with the Chanel show in 2008. The thing is that is that Ella's sister is also a model, and one day when her sister was in Kharkov with a booker from Paris, she showed Ella's pics to him. It took two years before Ella was unexpectedly invited to the casting in Paris. And the girl got in the top five models. Already then Ella was noticed by the Milan modeling agency and moved to the Italian fashion capital. She took part in the advertising campaigns for Moschino, Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel. But her most noticeable work is the shooting for Etro when she worked with the well-known photographer Mario Testino. Now the model lives in New York but dreams of going back to Kiev. In 2013, Ella flew to the Ukrainian capital to take part in the show of the young brand “Trofymenko” during the Ukrainian Fashion Week. Ella opens the Top-5 of our list of sexy Ukrainian ladies.
4) Naty Chabanenko
For the Ukrainian beauty Naty Chabanenko, the modeling career began unexpectedly: she was going to get a technical education, but her friends took her to the director of the modeling agency VO! Models, who offered Naty a job. The girl started with work at the Ukrainian Fashion Week but soon left to Milan and Paris. Her debut took place in January 2008, at Prada show. In February of the same year, Naty became the “Model of the Week” according to models.com. This Ukrainian girl’s photos appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, L'Officiel, Elle, Spur; she worked with such brands as Calvin Klein Jeans, Cushnie et Ochs, Fred Perry, Le Silla, We Are Replay, Jonathan Saunders, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax, Celine, Gareth Pugh, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent. Naty also got a chance to pose for the world-famous photographers, like Terry Richardson and Steven Meisel.
3) Antonina Vasilchenko
At the age of 16, Antonina participated in the Dior Haute Couture autumn-winter 2013 show, right after finishing the model school in Ukraine. Today, she’s one of the most popular models. She worked with such brands as Just Cavalli, David Koma, and Derek Lam and also participated in photo shoots for Esquire, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair. The excitement around Antonina rose after she worked with Raf Simons: the girl opened his debut show for Dior. And here’s more: she opened and closed Calvin Klein spring-summer show, which automatically granted her the first place in the list of the most remarkable young models. Then there were Italian shows by Dolce & Gabbana and Prada plus Chanel, Loewe, and Rochas in Paris. In total, the number of shows she took part in is up to twenty. The girl received recognition from COACD and Models.com. By the way, most designers like Antonina for her eyebrows.
2) Maria Markina
Maria Markina was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Preparing for the entrance exams to the university, she sent her photos to several leading foreign modeling agencies and fortune smiled at her. In 2005, she signed a contract with the New York agency Supreme Management. Maria was invited to Paris to take part in the show by designer Rick Owens. In 2006, she opened the show by Jil Sander. In the fall of 2006, the girl entered the list of “Top-10 Most Successful Models” according to the world-famous fashion site Style.com. Since then, she participated in the fashion shows of Antonio Berardi, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Costume National, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Paco Rabanne, Rochas, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé, Givenchy, Lanvin; she posed for the covers of L'Officiel, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, V, Tush, and Harper's Bazaar. Now Maria represents a few agencies, including Women (New York, Paris), Storm (London), L-Models (Kiev), and Nika Models (Kharkov).
1) Masha Telna
When browsing photos of Ukrainian girls, it’s impossible to miss Masha Telna. She’s the world-famous model that’s often called “the elf with cosmic eyes.” Masha is one of the most extraordinary top models in the business. It’s all about her unusually large eyes. The girl is also called “the alien” and “the beautiful elf.” In Europe, she’s called “the new standard of beauty,” and in Ukraine – “the hope of Ukrainian fashion.” Masha was born on December 28, 1989, in Kharkov, Ukraine, but now she lives in New York. The girl's modeling career began when she was 17. The story of her success is impressive. The head of the Ukrainian Nika Models agency saw Masha on the street and invited the girl to try her hand at the modeling business. After several shootings for local magazines, Masha received the invitation to Paris. There, people immediately began talking about Masha, calling her a new face in the fashion world. Three months later, Masha was walking along the catwalk next to the world’s top mo