Russian top-models: Kristina Semenovskaya


Kristina Semenovskaya Vogue Paris September 1996
Nobody knew much about the new girl. She was from Russia and had gorgeous green eyes, full sensual lips, dark blond hair and beautiful figure. Kristina Semenovskaya was discovered in Moscow and signed up by Karin Models Paris as soon as they saw one of her photos.

Kristina Semenovskaya biography
The agency quickly realised that they found a very special girl. The newly discovered 14-year old gem was invited to Paris where she could finish her education and learn the language at one of the international school.

Kristina Semenovskaya biography
As soon as Kristina celebrated her 16th birthday the agency introduced her to the fashion industry and the young model soon signed her first contract, this time with Levis. In 1995 she featured in the company’s Spaceman advert for 501 jeans.

Kristina Semenovskaya on a cover of Elle Russia November 1998
Within a year Kristina Semenovskaya moved into a new universe. She became a face of Classique, a new perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier, appeared on a cover of French Elle, was photographed for Pirelli calendar in 1997 and signed a contract with Christian Dior.

Her first Dior campaign was for “Dune”, the fourteenth Dior fragrance introduced in 1991. Created by Jean-Louis Sieuzac, a nose behind “Farenheit” and “Opium” the new perfume became a new must-have fragrance for many and received a Perfume of the Year award.

Kristina Semenovskaya Dune Dior perfume ad campaign by Nick Knight
Angelica Wallgren was the original face of the fragrance, but her look didn’t suit the idea of the campaign and Kristina was chosen to replace her in 1996.

The beautiful model looked innocent, fresh and radiant on her photos taken by Nick Knight and became most associated with the perfume and adored by men and women around the world. The campaign was such a success that Kristina received an offer to become a face of all Dior cosmetics. She signed the contract in 1997, same year when Galliano became the new Dior designer.

Kristina Semenovskaya in Christian Dior Beauty campaign
Kristina had the most amazing look: both classic and modern, the image was beyond any fashion rules, it was timeless.

By the end of 1990s Kristina Semenovskaya was working with Guerlain, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Benneton, Stefanel, Mango, Morgan and Naf-Naf and appeared in many fashion shows including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Kenzo, Nina Ricci, John Galliano, Herve Leger and Christian Lacroix.

Kristina Semenovskaya in 1998
She stopped modelling in 2004 after appearing in Madame Figaro for the last time. The world was changing and so were the demands and tastes of the fashion industry.

Photo sources: Kristina Semenovskaya Vogue Paris September 1996, Kristina Semenovskaya on a cover of Elle Russia November 1998, Kristina Semenovskaya photographed by Nick Knight for Christian Dior Dune 1996 campaign, Kristina Semenovskaya in Christian Dior Beauty campaign, Kristina Semenovskaya in 1998


  1. Another beautiful Russian model. Thank you for the story. The first image is stunning! I hope you have a wonderful day, my dear! xo

  2. Nice to read the story! Of course I know her as a model but I never actually had thought or time to look it up how Kristina started her career.

    Being Russian I'm def proud of her:)



  3. so pretty. wonderful women!
    lovely greets and a wonderful weekend,
    maren anita

  4. Wooow......HOW natural beauty she is!!!

    All these photos with Dior fragrance are amazing!

    Thank you for share,dear LR:-)*


  5. your blog just keeps getting better and better. amazing post, love. thanks for sharing. if you get a sec I'd love to hear what you think of my latest post. xo

  6. ¡Perfect! Love them, wish I could be in their skins! Kisses

  7. Amazing women! And it's really interesting to learn about the story behind those pretty faces :)

  8. Gorgeous indeed! Those eyes (omg)!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty, as always! ;)

  9. Loved reading this! GORGEOUS girl!!! I remember her modeling! :D Have an awesome weekend! :D

  10. This series is just so amazing--I love each and every one! Her eyes are beyond beautiful! Keep the Russian beauties coming!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend LittleRus!

    xo Mary Jo

  11. wow she has such a different look in each photo- she's so versatile! she's such classic beauty xx

  12. oh what a beautiful angelic face! she is really gorgous and looks completely different in each pic!

  13. stunning russian model. Thank you for all the info

  14. So very beautiful! You always introduce us to beauty :)

  15. thanks for sharing her story ... I'm with Ada on the first photo