Model of the Issue 2
Born in Moscow, Russia
Aksana Samuylova was born on August 1st, 1984 in Belarus. At the age of 15 she started her career as a model in her hometown. By the age of 16, Aksana got a contract with Next and left to Paris. She started to work with many worldwide brands and appeared in editorial spreads in fashion magazines and campaigns. In 2008 she graduated from a Russian State University for the Humanities in the Department of Sociology. At the same time, she continued her modeling career and now has contracts with Ford (New York), Next (Miami), Elite (Milan), Modelwerk (Germany), and her mother agency is PRIDE Model Management, in Miami.
1) How and when did you know you wanted to become a model?
I was about 10-12 years old. I was watching a runway show on TV and was amazed at how beautiful all the girls were and how everybody looks at them and admires them. I wanted to experience the same, I thought it would be very cool to be a model.
2) Where were you discovered?
When I was 15, I saw a stand on the street – a local modeling agency was doing a casting for young, slim and tall girls. Truly speaking, I was scared to go because I wasn't really confident in myself. But, anyways, I decided to try. I met there a scout from Next Paris Agency and after two months I signed a contract with them.
3) What do you like most about being a model?
I love being in front of the camera, doing different expressions, poses, trying different looks, feeling like I am an actress. I also love to travel and learn about different cultures, and meeting interesting people everyday. It's amazing! I feel blessed doing what I really love!
4) What has been the greatest experience you have had so far?
Moving to Paris all by myself when I was 16. It was my first time to leave my country. I didn't know anybody there, I didn't know anything about fashion, I didn't even speak English. I couldn't believe that all this was happening to me, I was like in a dream. So, that was the most exciting moment.
5) What is your fashion dream?
For now, I just want to be as successful as I can possibly be, and continue to work in this industry for as long as I can!
6) What was your favorite city you traveled to work to?
Without doubt NY, it is a magical city with a special energy, opportunities and fashion, of course.
7) Who is your fashion icon?
Eva Herzigova, I love her style and confidence.
8) What are your goals in the next 5 years as a model?
Being happy and continuing to do what I love!
9) What are your secrets for a fit and healthy body?
I practiced sports all my life, I was a professional swimmer in school. I go to the gym 2-3 times per week and I also love doing yoga and pilates. I have a healthy active lifestyle. I eat natural food, no meat, and drink a lot of water. But the main secret is that I LOVE my body, and celebrate the experience of being MYSELF!
10) What is your favorite part of your body?
The most important part is my mind, but my long legs are my favorite.
11) What makes you feel sexy?
Red lipstick, heels and beautiful underwear.
12) Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
It’s much more of a job than most people would expect, some don’t take it serious, they think it doesn’t include labor. It does include labor, sometimes even more than other serious jobs.
13) What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Doing sports, spending time with my family, catching up with my friends, reading books, enjoying my life.
14) What would you ask yourself that we haven’t asked you in this interview?
I would ask what is the best advice you would give to young girls who want to become models? Always be yourself and never give up on your dreams!
Agency PRIDE Model Management