Russian beauty Inna Pilipenko is one of the most intriguing supermodels, who has graced the pages of dozens of well-known fashion magazines and strutted her stuff on the catwalk for many big names, including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.
With her charming blue eyes and standing at an impressive 5’10.5”, this Muscovite with her virtually flawless looks became an instant smash within the fashion world.
It’s subsequently no wonder that she appeared in a Moschino campaign, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, and also found herself being featured in a D&G campaign earlier this year.
Though she was only spotted two years ago, Inna has already accomplished a heck of a lot in this short time and is clearly still at the beginning of what is shaping up to be a long and successful career.
Consequently, we decided to interview her to find out more about our model of the month for November...
How did you get started in the modeling business?
It was simple. 2 years ago at the age of 14 I've sent my pictures to IQ models Moscow, they invited me along with my mother for an interview and I was accepted! It was the happiest day of my life and I'm still happy about that!
Did you ever think you'd be doing this?
Actually, NO: I thought I was too skinny. But at least I've had enough courage to give myself a try!
What do you like most about modeling? What do you like least?
I'm very interested in cultural aspects of different countries and cities where I find myself travelling. Meeting with the most interesting and creative people on Earth is another beauty of my job. Also, I enjoy my kind of independent way of life, it's great and I like that much better than regular being a "mom's girl"! I don't know what I dislike about modeling, really... Maybe I miss my home sometimes, my mother and my little brother, friends...
Have you encountered any surprises along the way?
Frankly, I don't know what to say... Usually I feel like every single day of my career is a big surprise! I have so many surprising events almost every day now!
What has been your most awkward moment (of your modelling career)?
I've fallen at one of the shows in Milan once, I felt like everybody was steering at me, it was a kind of a scary moment of my life, however since I got back on feet all guests started to applaud and cheer me up, so finally I felt not too bad about all that. And I smiled!
Ever get tempted to get pulled into the party scene?
Every model gets tempted to get pulled into the party scene, many times. However I am not personally a big fan of a night life, I'd rather stay at home. And if you saw me partying, I'd rather be with my personal friends, not with that kind of "PRs" that bring models to clubs and restaurants.
Have you developed any new interests since you started modeling?
I enjoy yoga now, it’s the best choice for staying calm and relaxed! Also brings up my tonus.
What are your favourite things to do in your free time?
I like shopping, chatting with my friends, reading, watching movies and taking any other actions that are new and cool for any other girl at my age! Also I like sleeping, I can sleep even during the day if I have time!
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
I always had a dream of being modeling for Louis Vuitton show in Paris! I couldn't wait when I turn 16, because at 15 it's illegal to work on Sundays in France, and Louise Vuitton was always on Sundays. It was the best moment of my entire life when I got confirmed for the show lately! I'd never forget that moment, as finally my dream came true and I was modeling for Louis Vuitton!!!.
Do you have a mentor? Who? What is it about them that affects you? Why?
I have quite a lot of intelligent people around me with abilities to give me useful advices that I listen 100%. However I don't feel like any of them is a kind of mentor for me. They all care about me, try to protect me, but all final decisions I make on my own, at least I feel this way about that. So maybe I have a mentor, but that's a VERY GOOD mentor I guess, as we never disagree with each other.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? What could be your next career?
I wish I've learnt several foreign languages and I was a journalist. I wish my future job was about travelling, as I love traveling and meeting new people. This is my next dream to come true after Louis Vuitton!
What are your best beauty secrets? How do you stay in shape?
I have nothing to hide about my shape, as I eat 4 times a day, all kinds of food (including McDonalds! Yeah-yeah, it's true!), but thanks to my metabolism I'm not getting extra weight after all. I've been visiting doctors, had dozens of dozens all kind of health tests, however doctors just gave up to find anything unusual in me. So I guess it's just me - Inna Pilipenko - and that's a real secret of my beauty and how I stay in shape!
What would you want people to know about you?
Hm... I guess I want them to know that I EAT! And, believe me, I eat A LOT!
Any advice for new models? What advice would you give other models starting out?
Don't afraid of nothing, even being in a center of attention. Learn how to give people exactly what they expect from you. Whatever happens, you have to learn how to be sweet and decent person, with a smile on your face, no matter what! You have to be a good learner, keep learning things around you, always! Then you'll be a good model some day!
Favourite all-time model:
Favourite fashion designer:
My number one designer, second to none, is MARC JACOBS!!! The most talented, fascinating and mysterious man I've ever met in my life!!! I'd always thank God for giving me a chance to work with this MAN: Mark Jacobs!!!
Favourite kind of food:
Russian cuisine: borsch, pelmeni... What my mother cooks at home.
Favourite kind of music:
I like different kind of music: pop, r'n'b, alternative, Brazilian jazz, Turkish music sometimes..
What are your favorite 3 songs at the moment?
Freemasons "Uninvited", Fragma-"Tocas Miracle", Amy Winehouse "Back to black"
When you laugh, then whole world laughs with you! When you cry, you cry alone...
I'd like to meet:
Myself, only 20 years older!
If I were trapped on an island I'd take:
My Mac, Ipod, my hairbrush and my favorite hamster Louis Vuitton!
Thank you Inna for this interview!
Special thanks to Dmitry and IQ Models.
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