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LEFT: Marine Penvern Dress, Vernacular Culture Necklace, Stuart Weitzman Shoes. RIGHT: Co. Jacket, Manolo Blahnik Shoes, Vintage Belt Wing & Weft Gloves Gloves.
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LEFT: On Ksenia: Co. Jacket Manolo Blahnik Shoes, Vintage Belt Wing & Weft Gloves Gloves. On Valentina: Marine Penvern Dress, Vernacular Culture Necklace, Stuart Weitzman Shoes. RIGHT: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, Allsaints Spitalfields Top, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Kopf by Aliaksei Belianka Bag.
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LEFT: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, Allsaints Spitalfields Top, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Kopf by Aliaksei Belianka Bag. RIGHT: On Ksenia: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, La Perla Bodysuit, Allsaints Spitalfields Shoes. On Valentina: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, Allsaints Spitalfields Top, Stuart Weitzman Shoes.
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LEFT: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, Allsaints Spitalfields Top, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Kopf by Aliaksei Belianka Bag. RIGHT: Marine Penvern Jacket and skirt, Free People Top.
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Lafayette 148 dress, Allsaints Spitalfields shoe, KOPF by ALIAKSEI BELIANKA bag.
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RIGHT: Allsaints Spitalfields Dress, Cusp by Neiman Marcus Fringe Dress, Allsaints Spitalfields Shoes, Kopf by Aliaksei Belianka Bag.
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LEFT: Allsaints Spitalfields Dress, Cusp by Neiman Marcus Fringe Dress, Allsaints Spitalfields Shoes, Kopf by Aliaksei Belianka Bag. RIGHT: Marie Penvern Jumper. LaPerla bodysuit. Marie Penvern collar.
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Marie Penvern Jumper, LaPerla bodysuit.
TEAM CREDITS:

Photo: Duo Linn

Model: Valentīna Beli

Model: Ksenia Ocheredko

Agency: EMG (New York)

Stylist: Krystal Higgins

Makeup: Sandy Nichakamol

Hair: Koji Ichikawa

Location – New York’s metro

Valentina Beli is one of successful models from the Republic of Belarus and has made a dizzying career in the fashion world. Her real last name is Belianka – which means “White Butterfly” in Belarusian. But the bookers were complaining that it was too long to remember, so it was necessary to shorten it to Beli. Originally Valentina is from the Republic of Belarus, but she has Polish and Ukrainian descent. Model’s great-grandmother was Polish noble and was married with a peasant to avoid the arrest from Bolshevik government. Her father is from Ukraine; and according her mum’s Valentina has his features of face.

Because of remarkable cheekbones Valentina has been compared many times with Dree Hemingway, Natasha Poly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon. Nowadays it’s actually very classy and the casting managers find it even pretty, but while Valentina worked in China, it was quite difficult to convince Chinese customers because of differences in preferences - they found beautiful only girls with oval thin face. And girls with my strong faces like Valentina were not “good enough” to work for commercial projects, for e-shop Taobao for example. But unlike in China, there were great campaigns projects in Beijing for whom the model’s parameters worked perfectly.

The modeling career of Valentina started by chance when the Miss of Belarus Kate Litvinova “cached” her on the street. After short interview she invited her to work for a campaign for Polish/German brand TIFFI.

The girl worked together with the top model Leo Jimenez and with one of the famous Polish photographers Szymon Brodziak and actually they inspired her to start modeling career. That Valentina successfully did, walking catwalks during Belarus Fashion Week for multiple designers.

For now Valetina is working as a model for more than 5 years. She has contracts with Esee agency in China, Fame in Indonesia, Metropolitan in Paris, Fashion in Milan, MMG in Dubai, Faze in Berlin. Now she is more concentrated on the USA market, has signed contracts with EMG from New York and now it is the city model lives in. During career Valentina has many fashion shoots for Kenzo, Tory Burch, Mango, Swarovski, Omega, Mikael Aghal, Armadio, Hanianewyork, Free People, Ross and Simons, Samsung, Matrix, Kevin Murphy and other well knowing brands. She took a part in fashion shows for Chanel, Gucci, BCBG, Burberry, Raoul, Reed Krakoff, Karl Lagerfeld, etc. (Asia and Europe) and has many editorials printed in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Trend Prive, Vulkan, VGXW, Her World, Female magazine etc. Valentina won the 1st Prize in the International Supermodel Contest in China in 2013. Now she is the judge for the TOP MODEL OF BELARUS and the SUPER FACE KIDS RUSSIA.

“After seven years in the modeling business, I discovered that customers sometimes do not know which model they need to promote a brand,” says Valentina for L`Officiel Baltic. - "But I want to give some tips and advices for girls, who are thinking about model career: even if someone believes that your image does not suit him, do not give up. The ability to pose and knowledge of their best sides distinguish a real model from an ordinary girl. We all have weaknesses, but the real model knows how to hide them.

As a model and judge, Valentina got a very interesting experience. For example, when she worked in Dubai, she was platinum blond and it’s not quite the model type for this market. The market prefers girls with dark hair and heavy makeup. That was shooting for abaya, traditional Arabic dress and the makeup artist got sick. So Valentina had to do a makeup for her, and she did a very basic natural face leaving hair also natural. The photos looked so good, that the client booked model again. That job experience also got for Valentina some new advantages.

Valentina’s favorite market is USA. Here any type of model can work: petit, plus-size, a girl next door, commercial, fashion, strong face etc. The market is huge and it considers modern tendencies, any model can find the right client. Valentina believes that modeling is more about the luckiness - you should be in the right time, with right people and with the right look. What is the right look? You never know.

“For example me, I’m naturally honey blond. I was platinum blond too. Both types worked good for me. So I really encourage you to change your style and don’t be afraid of it. My eye color is changeable too: it’s green when I’m happy and grey-blue at all other times. Also I feel like the model might have something more than a pretty face and a good body behind her. Me for example, I speak English and French, Russian and Belarusian are my native languages. I’m certificated in Google Ad. And this year I run my own bag brand “KOPF”. It’s actually very unusual bags - they look like real people’s heads. And it could be a bag, or it could be the element of interior design too. The designer is my husband Aliaksei Belianka. We had to live at a distance for many years because of my job, I travelled all the time. He used to work as a dentist technician in Belarus. After visiting New York he was so inspired that he started to make unique and very unusual bags, it would be better to say pieces of art. He left the well-paid stable job because of me. New York inspires us every day. We would like to leave the mark in the fashion industry. And I hope my story will inspire someone to act. And I’m open to discuss any issues that you will face in modeling industry”.

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