Juju Ivanyuk took herself to an agency six years ago fiercely intent on becoming a top model, but it wasn't until this season that things started changing for the Ukrainian beauty.
With an opening walk for BCBG's fall 2011 collection followed soon by triumphant stomps at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Miu Miu, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs and Dolce and Gabbana, top casting agents are finally taking notice. Best known for those razor-sharp cheekbones and awesomely arched eyebrows, Juju's distinctive visage is one we'll all become a lot more familiar with come September, when her look books for Celine, Massimo Duti and David Koma finally drop. With her fate secured as a muse-in-the-making, all that remains to be seen is which mega-brand she'll bag for a glossy fall campaign.
How were you first discovered?
I wasn't discovered. I had a dream to be a Top Model when I was a little girl.
What was the first runway you ever walked? What was that experience like?
My first show was in New York when I was 14 and I don’t remember well how it felt. I was nervous and scared of course but it was fun.
If you weren't modeling, you'd probably be:
I would be a business woman and would run a chain of restaurants!
Do you have any favorite new designers we should know about?
What's your relaxation routine post-Fashion Week?
If I have time I take vacations, if not a relaxing spa massage and a day on a fresh air will save me.
The most awesome beauty secret you've learned since you started modeling.
Fewer products (I prefer natural masks), more sleep and good eating habits.
Do you have a favorite junk food?
I just don’t like junk food.
The song you're playing on repeat this week.
Snow Patrol, “Chasing Cars."
What are you most excited to do this summer?
Celebrate my birthday!