Belarus is known for the beauty of its women. One risks getting serious neck pain when walking down the streets here because of the number of good-looking girls around.
What’s less known is that many Belarusian beauties walk world’s most posh designer shows and appear on fashion magazines’ covers.
Maryna, whose name is sometimes spelled as Marina, is from Minsk. As a high school student, she never dreamt of becoming a model, but was discovered at age of 16.
In 2006 Linchuk signed with an agency in New York. The model has appeared in advertisements for Versace, Donna Karan, Dior, Gap, H&M, Dolce & Gabbana and Max Mara and other brands.
She also walked the runway of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and participated in the shows of Givenchy, Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, Christian Lacroix, Dior, Versace, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and many other designers.
Maryna Linchuk has also made the covers of the internations editions of Vogue magazine. Vogue Paris included her in the list of Top 30 models of 2000s. In 2008 both Vogue Paris and Vogue Russia labeled her as a Top Model.
She teamed up with Rag & Bone to design a fitted biker jacket called the Maryna jacket in 2009.
The Belarusian model glammed up the September’s cover of L’officiel Russia.
The rising start Zhenya Katava is often compared to an Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. She was born in Borisow, a town in Minsk region of Belarus. Zhenya joined a modeling school in 2008, but her fame atarted to rise relatively recently, when the model joined the agency Women Management in New York.
In her first season in the fall of 2011, 17 year old Zhenya made seventeen fashion shows in New York, Milan and Paris. In 2013 the number of fashion shows sha was invited to increased to 21, and in 2014 Zhenya got an invitation to take part in Dolce & Gabbana show at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.
In the fashion season S/S 2016 the model was part of Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Ermanno Scervino, Elisabetta Franchi and other designer shows.
Besides strutting down the runway the Belarusian made brilliant in fashion photoshoots for Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
Anabela is a nickname that combines her real name “Anastasia” and last name “Belikova” in one word. Nastya comes from Brest and made her model debut in February 2007 with the Prada show. The same season she opened and closed Miu Miu show in Paris and became the face of the three top brands — Prada, Balenciaga and Nina Ricci.
The next year Anabela was chosen to be the face of Vera Wang and pre-fall Blumarine campaigns, and continued conquering runways and the hearts of casting directors.
Since then the model has appeared in numerous fashion photoshoots and remains one of the favourite models of such brands as Oscar de la Renta, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Pucci.
Tanya was born in 1991 in Vitebsk and is a Belarusian model, artist, designer,stylist, and fashion photographer.
Tanya debuted in September 2005, during the Paris Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week, landing an exclusive with Prada in Milan and booking top shows in Paris including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Chloé. Shortly after Tanya Dziahileva was announced as one of the season’s most wanted models.
During the spring 2008 season, Tanya walked in 71 fashion shows opening the Versace show and closing four shows including Celine, and Valentino. the girl was named one of the most popular top models by Fashion TV.
Since her first major season (spring 2006), Tanya has walked the runway in ready-to-wear fashion shows and graced on the haute-couture catwalks for numerous world’s top designers including Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Missoni, Versace, Prada, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein.
The Belarusian has appeared on the covers of international editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, L’Officiel.
Tanya Dziahileva currently lives and works in Paris where she studies fashion design at the Istituto Marangoni.
Katsia Damankova (Zingarevich)
Katsia Damankova is from Minsk. The model was discovered in a cafe while she was doing homework. Word has it, when a talent agent approached her, she took his card, but said she wasnt interested in modeling. It was only when Katsia’s mother convinced her to try, did Damankova sign with the agency, which lead to editorial work in Paris and Milan.
In 2006 at the age of 16 Katsia entered and won the 25th annual Super Model of the World contest (with participants from more than 39 countries).
In 2010, she was chosen to parade for Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
She was married to a Russian businessman Anton Zingarevich, the former owner of Reading Football Club, from 2009 to 2015.
Katsia featured in many fashion campaigns including Intimissimi and Stella McCartney and TV commercials.