Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Vlada Roslyakova (born Elena Roslyakova on July 8, 1987 in Omsk, Russia) is a Russian model. When she began modeling, Roslyakova changed her name from Elena to Vlada in order to distinguish herself from another model named Elena Rosenkova. Vlada is a feminine form of her father's name, Vladimir. Vlada (the name she goes by now) has been modeling since childhood. She began in Russia, then moved on to Tokyo. After her first show, Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2004, Vlada almost quit modeling due to fear, but she decided to continue with it and was rewarded later. When she arrived in New York City, she began modeling for well-known designers and became one of the most sought-after faces in the industry. Her ad campaigns now include Nina Ricci, Moschino Cheap & Chic, D&G, Vera Wang Bridal, Burberry Blue Label, Hermès, Miss Sixty, MaxMara, Christian Lacroix,Christian Lacroix Fragrance, Dolce & Gabbana, Jill Stuart Beauty, Jill Stuart Fragrance, Derercuny, Donna Karan, DKNY, Daks Japan, Karl Lagerfeld, and Lacoste. Additionally, Vlada has been the muse for designer Christian Lacroix. On January 15, 2007, Time magazine cited Roslyakova as one of the dangerously underweight models who could be banned from Milan Fashion Week for her low body mass index. Vlada has always said she's "naturally skinny" and that she can eat a lot of food and "not gain a gram". On January 27, 2009, Vlada closed the spring Haute Couture Christian Lacroix show, for the third time in a row.

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