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The most beautiful Russian models from Victoria’s Secret

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Australian Shanina Shaik, Victoria’s Secret angel, has announced that the most famous lingerie show will not take place this year. While waiting for the fashion industry to determine when the next one will be organized, let’s remember the Russian beauties who have already walked the catwalk.

Kate Grigorieva

This former angel was born in the small town of Olenegorsk (1,800 km north of Moscow). In 2012, she came second on the Top Model Russia show. In 2014 she took part in the Victoria’s Secret show for the first time, and in 2015 she was the only Russian on the podium.

Grigorieva was also scheduled to parade in Shanghai in 2017, but the Chinese authorities refused without explanation to issue her a visa.

We haven’t seen her in her wings since, but she continues to pose for Vogue and other fashion magazines. In 2018, she married FC Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Anton Shounin.

Irina Sharipova

This sulphurous brunette was born in Uzbekistan to a single mother (she never saw her father) with whom she lived until she was seven, before joining her grandmother in Tatarstan.

While studying fashion at the Kazan Institute of Technology, she won the title of Miss Tatarstan in 2010, and in the same year became the first runner-up to Miss Russia. She also represented Russia at the Miss World beauty contest where she finished in the top 25. Following this experience, she was signed to the agency Women Management. In 2014, Irina took part in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and opened the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan.

Valery Kaufman

In 2016, angels Kate Grigorieva and Valery Kaufman (ex-girlfriend of Jared Leto) marched together.

According to models.com, little is known about this supermodel who is among the ranking of the 50 best models in the world. Born in Moscow, Valery was passionate about dancing from childhood, and in 2010 she began to send her photos to New York modeling agencies. She was quickly contacted to participate in the Tom Ford show, then chained the covers of Vogue and advertisements for Chanel, Dior, Valentino and other brands.

The last time we saw Valery was at the Balmain show in Paris in September.

Vitalina Sidorkina

Vitalina was just a child when she realized she wanted to become a model. After college, she enrolled in a modeling school with a friend. At 13, she signed with Cherie Models and her first contract was in Japan.

In 2013, Sidorkina took part in fashion weeks in New York and Paris, and two years later appeared on the catwalks of Victoria’s Angel. Later, she married Italian businessman Valerio Morabito, with whom she will have a daughter.

Anna Vyalitsyna

The tabloids report a brief relationship between Anna Vyalitsyna and Leonardo DiCaprio, then another two years with Adam Levin, the singer of the group Maroon 5.

In 2015, the supermodel gave birth to a daughter, Alaska, whose father is none other than Adam Cahan, senior vice president of Yahoo.

She walked the runway as a Victoria’s Secret angel three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

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Natasha Poly

Natasha’s real name is Polevschchikova, but she wanted to make it more pronounceable and changed it to Poly.

At the age of 15, she took part in the Moscow New Model Today contest and placed second in it. During the years 2004 and 2005, she took part in 54 parades. Since then, she has become one of the most popular models in the world, notably by promoting Victoria’s Secret products. The French edition of Vogue magazine also places her in the 30 best models of the 2000s.

In 2011, she married Dutch businessman Peter Bakker, a union that will give birth to two children.

Irina Shayk

This model, born into a family of miners in the Chelyabinsk region (South of the Urals), in Russia, was first known for her relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, then Bradley Cooper. It was also during a parade that her rounded belly stole the show, the tabloids starting to talk about her pregnancy. In March 2017, confirmation of these rumors was made, the actor and the angel having had a little girl.

However, in 2019, the couple announced their separation. The model’s fans have suspected Bradley Cooper of having cheated on her with Lady Gaga, which has led to an unprecedented wave of comments on the singer’s Instagram account. As for Irina, she hasn’t lost sight of her work: in September, she paraded for Versace and Isabel Marant, and starred in an advertisement for a perfume by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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