Irina Kulikova

Irina Kulikova
Say what you will about modeling, we think the "fairy godmother" aspect is pretty darn cool. There's something oddly awe-inspiring about an industry that can take a long-legged teen and turn her into an international icon overnight. The latest lovely to get this Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo treatment is Irina Kulikova--our Model of the Moment.

According to Teen Vogue's Casting Call Blog, Irina K. was discovered by IMG Models Senior VP Ivan Bart and Liv Tyler. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently Bart and Tyler were dining together in Moscow and noticed Irina K. who was also at the restaurant. The magazine was the first to feature the 16-year-old, 5'11'' model in their June/July issue. Bart and Tyler weren't the only ones who saw something in the ultra-leggy stunner (seriously, her legs are as long as Katherine is tall). For the FW 07 shows Irina K. walked exclusively for Calvin Klein in New York and then blew the roof off the European shows.

The opening spot at Prada is one of the most desirable spots for any model. Traditionally this honor goes only to an exclusive Prada face, but this year it was given to Irina K. even though she wasn't contracted to the house. Apparently she impressed the powers that be, and she is currently starring in Prada's fall campaign along with Sasha and our other favorite new face, Anabela. In addition to Prada, Irina K. also opened Oliver Theyskens's first show for Nina Ricci, closed both YSL and Louis Vuitton, and walked for Chanel, Chloe, Marni and more.

In the upcoming months, you'll see the rise of Irina K. everywhere. Besides Prada, she's also featured in the Pringle of Scotland (shot by Steven Meisel), Jil Sander, and Marc Jacobs fragrance campaigns. Not bad for a newbie!

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