Alexandra is a fashion model who was born in Vienna in a Russian household. She went to the Vienna International school and studied in London International Business (Majoring in Marketing). Growing up she was a tomboy and everybody would always call her Löwenkopf, because she was this rebellious curly hair kid always wondering off somewhere seeking adventures. She grew up very independent and looking back she is very blessed that her parents gave her the freedom she had.
How have you been discovered?
I friend of mine asked me to come to the Stella Model Agency – and it all started from there (booyah)
When did you decide to become a model?
I’ve always wanted to be a model – since I can remember, however, I was focused on getting my studies done first
What has been one of your favourite career experiences so far?
opphh its hard to say – you work with so many amazing people – I guess my favourite would be the photoshoot where I was the art director and model – I did this with my best friend Eric Kin. It was called ‘Wild One’s Never Die’ and my muse was Ville Valo (so hot). Danny La Vega was the photographer and Roberto di Caro did the makeup – it was hard to organise but seeing our vision come together is such an amazing feeling, especially with the whole team – and the photos turned out to be so sick.
Did you have an interest in modelling or fashion before starting as a model? Did you have an interest in modelling or fashion before starting as a model?
In middle school, I discovered my passion for photography and filming. My mother is a ‘Karl’ when it comes to fashion so I started developing an eye for style since I can remember. I used to go to vintage stores and mix up fish net tights with flower dresses and doc martens – anything cool that I could get my hands on. Me and my friends would always organise small photoshoots – where I would photograph and film, then make a behind the scenes video and edit all the photos. After high school, I started doing a bit of modelling and working in front of the camera rather than behind. I usually also imagine the photo being taken before I pose, I think that comes from being a photographer. In other words, I laaaaav it
What advice would you pass along to those starting out in the business?
Be yourself and know your worth. Don’t be afraid to try something new however always have a voice if you feel uncomfortable. Learn to listen and how to accept criticism. Never forget who you are and why you are doing this job – it’s easy to lose yourself in this industry. Most importantly – have fun! ‘its fashion babeh’ 😉
You have become successful for many reasons what do you think the top few are?
To be honest, I have to thank my agency (Stella Models), Roberta is the one who believed in me and her team are the ones who made my dream possible
I think (and hope :p) that one of the reasons is how I approach modelling in the sense of always trying out different face expressions and body positions – I’m not shy in front of the camera…I kind of go into my own world and like an artist perform.
What’s your ultimate career goal?
Modelling – my dream would be to shoot a campaign for Yves Saint Laurent
Otherwise – I’d love to become an Art Director for photo shoots or just work in the advertisement business for fashion 🙂
Favourite designers and models:
Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Balmain, Zadig and Voltaire, Kate Moss, Abbey Lee.
Kickboxing, Yoga, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Bungee Jumping
Ice cream, Cheese, Fries, Lychees – no shame
I’m quite a shy person when I’m in new surroundings, however once I feel comfortable I’ll be loud and super weird
My friends usually say I’m very loyal and warm hearted – very open and that I bring sarcasm at its finest
I read; I travel; I become
Photo-credits: Danny la Vega