VALENTINA ZELYAEVA

VALENTINA ZELYAEVA

She’s been busy at work for the past 17 years and doesn’t seem to have any plans to wind down. But if she ever would (hope not!) we know what she’ll devote her time to. Meet the stunning Valentina Zelyaeva.

Valentina Zelyaeva was born in a country that no longer exists and grew up during a turbulent time when walls were torn down and the Soviet Union dissolved into Russia. When all of that happened Valentina Zelyaeva was just a kid, and it wasn’t till several years later – when she was 16 – that a model scout first laid eyes on her in a Moscow subway car. This means that she has been modelling over three different decades – something that is extremely rare in an industry where most people retire after just a couple of years. Clearly Valentina Zelyaeva is not like other people. 

Over her long career she’s been on nearly 30 magazine covers, shot dozens upon dozens of campaigns and walked countless fashion shows. Her success made her relocate from Moscow to New York, and for the past eleven years she’s been an exclusive for ultra American label Ralph Lauren. When Valentina Zelyaeva isn’t busy at work she’s busy working her magic in the kitchen, cooking healthy and nutritious meals. 

During a recent shoot with H&M the gorgeous model took time to share her top model secrets.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS… 
“Herb Ritts.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER… 
“My eleven-year exclusive contract with Ralph Lauren.“

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOW WAS… 
“Opening the Ralph Lauren S/S 04 show was an amazing and memorable moment for me.”

THE MUSIC THAT ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS… 
“Often The Weeknd.”
 

A little blush on the cheeks gets you a long way.


VALENTINA ZELYAEVA'S BEST BEAUTY TIP
 

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“The kitchen! I love to create healthy dishes made out of the freshest fruits and vegetables. I try to use organic and local products as often as possible. Cooking is definitely my creative outlet.” 

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“Veruschka von Lehndorff.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Keeping my skin hydrated at all times. Sunblock during the summer, and facial oils in the winter so that my skin never gets too dry.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“Being active and eating nutritious and healthy foods. I like to mix up my workout routine with boxing and kickboxing.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Put my hair up in messy pony tail or bun.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS…
“A massage or a hot shower with peppermint essential oil. The steam from the hot water really spreads the scent of the peppermint which helps clear the mind.” 

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Cooking delicious and healthy meals. I love to create my own, unique dishes that go with the season.” 

I SMELL LIKE…
“Dolce Gabbana’s fragrance Light Blue.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS…
“A simple pair of blue jeans and a white T-shirt.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Boxing. It’s an amazing energetic workout that keeps your cardio up at the same time. I love it!”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Curling your lashes makes you look more awake and a little blush on the cheeks gets you a long way!”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
“Cap Juluca in Anguilla.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“Milos in New York.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…  
“A fresh vegetable juice, organic scrambled eggs and avocado toast.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
“Lavender essential oil, an eye mask, meditation music and noise-cancelling ear phones.”

When I have some free time…
“I go to the spa. One of my favourites is Shibui in New York City.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Be yourself, don’t compare yourself with others.”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
“Local teas and spices.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
“How to be independent. Also, all the beauty and makeup tips are a bonus ;)”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“Start my own health/fitness business incorporating all of my favourites things associated with wellness.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
House of Cards.”

Right now, I am reading…
“A story about the American guru Radhanath Swami – The Journey Home.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To be the best version of myself.”

 

ABOUT
VALENTINA ZELYAEVA

AGE: 33

AGENCY: Women Management New York

DISCOVERED: In the Moscow subway at 16 

CITY:  NEW YORK

FAMILY: Her mother and sister who both live in Moscow

TWITTER: @val_zelyaeva

INSTAGRAM: @valentinazelyaeva

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