14 February 2009

Snejana Onopka, b 1986, Ukraine


  1. Onopka moved to the Ukraine capital, Kiev, in 2001. While there, she was spotted by a foreign scout and thus began her career as a model.

    In 2005, she appeared in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and Prada and caught the eye of Steven Meisel, who photographed her for two covers of Italian Vogue and for whom she is the current "muse."

    Onopka has a residence in Ukraine but cites New York as her part-time home. She wants to study languages after her modeling career, saying, "I want to study languages. I want to know many languages. It's cool when you come to Europe, you can speak French. When you come to America, you can speak English, and when you come to Japan you can speak Japanese."

    Onopka is one of the thinnest models walking the runways today, with a Body Mass Index of only 14.6 (anything under 18.5 is considered underweight) and thus faces rejection from some cities' Fashion Week shows, such as Madrid, which has a minimum BMI requirement.

  2. see Inguna Butane's profile for one more image of Onopka (in Dolce and Gabbana campaign)