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Before being a model
The Russian supermodel, Sasha Pivovarova was born on January 21, 1986 in Moscow, Russia. Since an early age she was interested in drawing and her mother did her best to encourage the girl to become a painter, even sent the daughter to an art school.
After finishing secondary school Sasha entered the Russian University for the Humanities where she studied history of arts. To get profound knowledge on her dream profession she had to travel to Saint Petersburg to attend lectures at the New Acedemy of Fine Arts. However, in 2005 Sasha Pivovarova’s life changed dramatically.
Her close friend and a photographer Igor Vishnyakov, took a number of pictures of the girl and then sent those to IMG Agency in New York. Shortly after that Sasha was already booked for the Prada show, she actually opened their Fall 2005 show. This was nothing the girl could ever expect. Miuccia Prada liked Sasha so much that she signed her to a three-year exclusive advertising contract.
After this great success with Prada Sasha became one of most in-demand models. Her face, which was often compared to an alien’s, was everywhere, she was promoting not only clothing and accessories, brands hired her to represent their beauty lines as well.
She has done ad campaigns for such designers and brands as: Alberta Ferretti, Armani cosmetics, Biotherm, Chanel, Chanel eyewear, Christian Dior beauty, Gap, Giada, Giorgio Armani, Giorgio Armani beauty, H&M, Hugo by Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo for H&M, John Galliano, Just Cavalli, Kenzo, Longchamp, LG by Prada, Maison Michel, Miu Miu, Miu Miu eyewear, Moncler, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Mulberry, Net a Porter, Olay, Phi, Prada, Prada eyewear, Prada Resort, Prada Resort accessories, Prada ‘Infusion d’Iris’ fragrance, Prada sport, Pringle of Scotland, Rag & Bone, Santa Lolla, Shinsegae, Thomas Wylde, Tiffany & Co., Uniqlo, and Zara.
In the May 2007 issue of American Vogue Sasha Pivovarova was featured on the cover with Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson as the new generation of “supermodels”. She appeared in the 2008 Pirelli Calendar and the same year Spain’s Marie Claire awards ‘Prix de la Moda’ named Pivovarova as Prix International Best Mode.
Throughout her career as a fashion model Sasha Pivovarova has graced a lot of magazine covers and photo shoots, some even a few times. These include: ‘Vogue‘ Australia, ‘Elle‘ Belgium, ‘Flare‘ Canada, ‘Vogue‘ China (three times), ‘Cosmopolitan‘ China, ‘Numéro‘ China, ‘Madame Figaro‘, ‘Jalouse‘, ‘L’Officiel‘, ‘Vogue‘ France (twice), ‘Numero‘ France, ‘Vogue‘ Greece, ‘Elle‘ Hong Kong, ‘Vogue‘ Italy (five times), ‘Vogue‘ Japan (five times), ‘RT‘, ‘Vogue‘ Korea (six times), ‘W‘ Korea, ‘Numero‘ Korea, ‘Allure‘ Korea, ‘Vogue‘ USA, ‘Vogue‘ Mexico, ‘Vogue Colecciones‘, ‘Vogue‘ Portugal, ‘Jalouse‘ Russia, ‘L’Officiel‘ Russia, ‘Vogue‘ Russia, ‘Harper’s Bazaar‘ Russia, ‘Vogue‘ Spain (Beauty Supplement); ‘Mmmoda‘, ‘Marie Claire‘ Spain, ‘Vogue‘ Taiwan, ‘Vogue‘ UK (twice); ‘i-D‘ (twice); ‘W‘ USA.
Sasha is an It model at annual fashion shows. She has opened shows for Chanel couture, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Pringle for Scotland, Miss Sixty, and MaxMara. She also closed shows, for PHI, MaxMara, Chanel, Pringle of Scotland and others.
Fashion shows Sasha Pivovarova has walked are countless, for every season and almost every fashion designer or brand: Ann Demeulemeester, Barbara Bui, Cacharel, Chanel, Chloé, Emmanuel Ungaro, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci, Prada, YSL Rive Gauche, Yohji Yamamoto, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Andrew Gn, Anna Sui, Aquascutum, Atsuro Tayama, Balenciaga, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Costello Tagliapietra, Costume National, D&G, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Dries van Noten, Giambattista Valli, Giles Deacon, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jonathan Saunders, Julien Macdonald, Just Cavalli, La Perla, Lagerfeld Gallery, Luella Bartley, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marni, Matthew Williamson, MaxMara, Missoni, Nicole Farhi, Paul Smith, Peter Som, Phi, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Proenza Schouler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Sophia Kokosalaki, Strenesse, Unique, Alexander McQueen, Anna Molinari, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Brioni, Celine, Christian Lacroix, DKNY, Derek Lam, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Fendi, Givenchy, Iceberg, J Mendel, Jill Stuart, John Galliano, Just Cavalli, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Luella Bartley, Michael Kors, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Narciso Rodriguez, Paco Rabanne, Pringle of Scotland, Ralph Lauren, Sportmax, Stella McCartney, Strenesse, Trend Les Copains, Valentino, Vera Wang, Viktor & Rolf, Zac Posen, Belstaff, Carlos Miele, Carolina, Malo, Miss Sixty, Oscar de la Renta, Richard Chai, Blumarine, Derercuny, Matthew Williamson, Rag & Bone, Reem Acra, RM by Roland Mouret, Rick Owens, Sophia Kokosalaki, Temperley London, Earth Pledge Presents FutureFashion, Diesel Black Gold, Rodarte, Elie Saab, Loewe, Y-3, Bottega Veneta, Manish Arora, Marni, and Zero + Maria Cornejo.
In the beginning of 2009, Pivovarova was ranked 2nd on Top 50 Models Women list (Models.com), and since then on she has always been on that list. In 2011 she moved down no further than number 4. Vogue Paris named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Hobbies and obsessions
Despite the success of her modeling career Sasha Pivovarova tried to realize herself in other areas of life. She keeps on painting and hopes to become a professional artist one day. In one of her many interviews Sasha admitted that painting improves her mood. She takes inspiration from everything in the world – her travels, memories, friends, etc. Besides, she uses various canvases (hotel stationery, contracts, maps) in her work as well as tools (pens, pencils, charcoals, even coffee and wine). Her talent has been praised during two exhibitions which were held in New York (2008) and Paris (2007). And some of her works were featured in Vogue US, Vogue Paris and Teen Vogue.
Two renowned designers – Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada – have commissioned Sasha to illustrate books for them, which she is currently busy with. Miuccia Prada’s book is to include drawings, photography, and collages. All we know about Karl Lagerfeld’s creation is that it will be based on Russian fairy tales.
Another Sasha Pivovarova’s hobby is self-portraiting. She takes dozens photos of herself in the mirror at fashion shows and other places. This idea has become the basis for new Rag & Bone Do-It-Yourself ad campaign spring 2011 where Sasha along with models Abbey Lee Kershaw and Lily Aldridge photographed themselves.
Sasha Pivovarova is married to her long-time friend and photographer Igor Vishnyakov. They married in 2009, in Thailand, and later recreated the scene for a photo shoot in June 2009 American Vogue picturing close family and friends. In December 2011 the couple announced they were expecting their first child and in May 2012, on Mother’s Day, Sasha gave birth to their baby daughter.
The couple currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Their apartment is also Sasha’s art studio where she likes spending her spare time.
Sasha has been a vegetarian since she was 12 years old. She says she stays healthy by training kung fu and drinking oolong tea. She never drinks alcohol and uses little makeup considering these two things her secrets of beauty.
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