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Posted on 12th October 2012 | Model of the Week

Who wouldn’t dream of being approached by Liv Tyler telling you that you could be the next big face of fashion?! Well, thats what pretty much happened to the beautiful Irina Kulikova, a fresh faced Russian doll who already made it onto V’s list of top 10 models by the age of 16 as well as becoming a Teen Vogue favorite!

Age: 21

Signature look: Barely-there shorts, casual Tee, and boyfriend blazer

Reputation: Oh-so-stylish Russian bombshell

Fashion Fact: Irina was first discovered at a restaurant by actress Liv Tyler and Ivan Bart of IMG Models!

Irina was born in Slobodskoy, Russia, and has had a pretty sweet ride into the world of modelling. The story goes that Liv Tyler approached young Irina while she was out having dinner with her mom and asked if she was a model? And from that moment, Irina’s fashion career quickly took off!

Model Moments

Her delicate lips, almond-shaped eyes, and loooong pins (legs) have seen her front advertising campaigns such as Moschino, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, and Celine from the very start of her career, and now front covers are Irina’s next ambition.

Irina has already made the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and Japan, as well as shooting a raunchy editorial for contemporary culture magazine 032C, which was the perfect move to evolve away from her good girl image. After all, she’s no longer the baby of the bunch!

Irina looking sultry for 032C editorial, shot by German photographer Juergen Teller

Meanwhile, this fashion season Irina has set the fashion houses on fire, walking the Spring 2013 catwalks for the likes of DSquared2, Matthew Williamson, Marchesa, Rag and Bone, Holmes & Yang, Zac Posen, and Carolina Herrera, amongst her 25 other runway moments. Previous years, have seen Irina take to the catwalk for all the big names, to include Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, and Dolce & Gabbana. One thing’s for sure: this leggy lady certainly knows how to tote the catwalk.

Irina started her modelling career with a Calvin Klein exclusive, and even Irina knows that when you have a good start, life as a model becomes a whole lot easier!

Irina Now

Before modeling, Irina was a basketball champion for a Moscow team can you believe?! Well, we can -- with a pair of legs like those! When she’s not busy on the catwalk or working it on set, Irina is often snapped-up in the streets for her super stylish outfits which end up in street style editorials. Her day-off look can range anything from military chic to Urban Outfitters casual, always accessorised by a large leather strapped to her wrist... you guessed it, a Mulberry bag!

We knew we were on to a good thing even back in 2008 with this backstage interview of Irina


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