6. Marina, by the way, is an art teacher and professor.
7. Olga grew up in a cramped soviet “communal flat” consisting of four small rooms shared by six adults from her extended family and several children. Her grandmother, Raisa, helped take care of her while her mother was working to bring some money in for the family.
8. She was incredibly artistic as a child: She danced, played the piano, took painting classes, and took drama classes. Unfortunately she was hit by a car when she was 13; she hasn’t been able to dance since.
9. She was first discovered at the age of 13 when she was on vacation in Moscow with her mother. A modeling agency scout spotted her in the subway right before she was due to return to the Ukraine. Said Olga’s mother about the encounter, “I was very surprised and kept asking this woman whether she had some hidden agenda. I was amazed a complete stranger could scout for models like this. She told us that Olga was too young but she would contact us again in a year or so.”
10. Olga returned to Moscow for training when she was a few years older; by the time she was 17, though, she was ready to move to France and start her career. She signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modeling agency in 1996, and by the time she was 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle.
Above: Young Olga.
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