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Inna Zobova

Inna ZobovaInna Zobova, born October 1st, 1976 in Khimki, Russia is a Russian actress and fashion model and beauty pageant titleholder who crowned Miss Russia 1994. That same year she went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant where she came in second in the National Costume competition and placed 12th overall.

Zobova is known for French Spies, Z Joke, and People all released in 2004. She married Bruno Aveillan in 2002 and since have had one child - a son Maceo Aveillan born in February of 2007.

As a child Zobova was born with a hole in the heart, and at the age of six she underwent open heart surgery to correct it. Because of the perforation in her heart which required surgury, Zobova is actively involved in supporting the Heart Fund charity.

"I am a spokesperson for the Heart Fund, a charity organization that takes care of people with heart problems and diseases. It is really dear to me because when I was a child I had a hole in my heart and I was operated on."

The Heart Fund saves the lives of children suffering from heart disease by investing in solutions and innovations that revolutionize access to care in developing countries.

Created in 2010 by Dr. David Luu, The Heart Fund is an international public charity that is a pioneer in technological innovation to combat cardiovascular diseases.

From pediatirc open-heart surgery to the building of hospital planes, The Heart Fund collaborates with over one hundred volunteer experts and 120 private and institutional partners in Haiti, India, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire.

Even though her modeling demands a great amount of her time, Zobova is involved on a regular basis with a number of other charities - such as UNICEF, Red Cross, l'Enfant Bleu and the Food Bank.

Inna ZobovaAs a teen she attended the University of Moscow and studied psychology and anthropology while doing modeling jobs on the side for extra money and is continuing her education at the Sorbonne in Paris. She also attended art history classes at the Ecole du Louvre for two years and completed a little course at Saint Martins, after having started designing scarves.

She walked the runway for many shows for ready-to-wear and haute couture, combined during the New York, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks.

She modeled for Armani, Thierry Mugler, Valentino, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Hanae Mori, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Hermès, Sonia Rykiel, Kenzo, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and Christian Lacroix.

She has been photographed for advertisements for Hermès, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Penny Black, Roberto Cavalli, Dana Buchman, Armani, Christian Dior, Comma, Laurel, M&F Girbaud, La City, L'Oréal, Guerlain, Marella, Malizia, Lancaster, Burberry, Lancôme, Zappa, Nivea, Galeries Lafayette, and Piper Heidsieck. She has worked with photographers like Michael Thompson, Raymond Depardon, Eric Traoré, Ellen von Unwerth, Mario Testino, Satoshi Saikusa, Paolo Roversi, Steve Hiett, Vincent Peters, François Nars, Raymond Meier, Luis Sanchez, Marc Hispard, Thomas Shenk and Michael Sanders.

Magazine covers she has appeared on include, Allure, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Amica, Femme, Glamour, l'Officiel and international editions of Vogue, as well as style and lifestyle magazines such as i-D, GQ, and Dutch.

Back in 2001, she ranked number 51 in Gentlemens Quarterly's 200 Sexiest Women in the World and in 2002, she ranked number 105 in The Glamour Girls Hot 500 and in the top 20 for Gentlemens Quarterly for 2005.

Then in August of 2002, Inna was selected from a group of over 600 models to become the spokesmodel for Wonderbra. She became the face of the international brand Sephora in 2004, the same year she also received the Top Model of the Year award at the Marie Claire Fashion Awards.

In 2011, Zobova participated as a fashion expert as well as judge, for the television show called Top Model po-russki, which is a Russian version of the famous American reality show America's Next Top Model.

Inna ZobovaHer modeling career was launched when Zobova was discovered by Pierre Cardin himself while passing through the Red Square in Moscow.

This chance discovery led to a career in the modelling industry that would have her working with the best for over two decades. Of that time she says:

"I was at the University in Moscow and Pierre Cardin came to the Red Square. He was looking for models for a retrospective on his career. He selected me and it came naturally."

"When I went to Paris for my first job, I had long, long hair. My agency looked at me and said: 'Hair off! 'Vogue!' So they cut my hair very short, and when I saw it falling down, I cried."

Zobova has appeared on the covers of all the major magazines from Vogue and Marie Claire to Elle and Glamour as well as Harpers Bazaar and many others.

She has modelled for the most well-known fashion houses in the industry such as Hermès, Dior, Burberry, and Armani and is veteran on the runways of Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Kenzo and Lacroix.

She has moved from modelling to acting and starred in her first lead role in Aleksey Zalevskiy's film, Z Joke.

Even though her modeling demands a great amount of her time, Zobova is involved on a regular basis with a number of charities - such as UNICEF, Red Cross, l'Enfant Bleu and the Food Bank.

Inna ZobovaFilmography

Acting

Double Zero (2004) Alexandrie
People (2005) Tatiana
Z Joke (2013) Isadora

Notable TV guest appearances

On a tout essayé (France2, 2005)
Tout le monde en parle (France2, 2005)
Eurotrash (Channel 4, 2005)
Tout le monde en parle (France2, 2004)
20 heures pétantes (Canal+, 2004)
Le grand Cabaret (France2, 2003)
Porta a Porta (RAI, 2002)

TV documentary

Soda (France 5, 2003)
C'est leur destin (M6, 2002)


Behind the face of this top model is a caring, intelligent woman whose success in her art form is one to be admired and studied.

"Modelling is being very busy. It also keeps you very lonely because nobody can really follow you. You need to be very healthy to hold on to this difficult schedule, and at the same time have to be creative enough to work with interesting people."

"About working with top photographers...?" Yes - Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Michael Thompson definitely. God there were so many. Once I went to New York when Richard Avedon was alive."

Inna Zobova"They sent me to him and he took my hands and took me out on the street and started to look at me from all sides. These big photographers see you through, so just be yourself."

Innangelo is Zobova's brand of silk scarves that she'd been keeping under wraps until she started producing them. Just a few years earlier Inna Zobova was a top model who was busy finishing art studies and planning a movie career as well as helping young girls as a Russian Top Model mentor. How did becoming a designer of silk scarves become a part of her already busy life?

She made a movie called Z Joke written and directed by Aleksey Zalevsky. It was filmed in the Ukraine with British production and received five nominations at the London Filmmaker Festival including Best Film director as well as the Best Music awards. Unfortunately, the screening plans had to be changed when the Russian-Ukrainian war broke out.

She had also gone to London to complete two courses at St. Martins and while there was approached by a publishing house with an offer to write an interview-based book about herself.

"Putting my film career on hold meant focusing on my other passions. I've been thinking of designing scarves for a while and finally took a plunge. We went to Como to find a factory. One of which, the House of Ratti, became my creative partner."

"It felt amazing. I am a perfectionist and only do things when I can achieve the highest quality. Ratti, with their long history of producing silk scarves for Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo and Louis Vuitton was the perfect answer."

"We created a pre-collection of five scarves to test the waters. They turned out extremely well and became the starting point for my initial collection of twenty designs ready to be presented to the public."

Inna ZobovaUnfortunately I had to postpone the launch until June due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the state of emergency that followed. Metaphorically speaking, this collection was my baby and I didn't want to expose it to the world during the darkest times."

"It was a very difficult year for everyone, a mixture of positive and negative, a real roller-coaster, but I believe that we must think positive no matter what and remember to live our lives because hope is the only way to get through the hard times without falling into depression or giving into fear."

"Launching my collection is about diluting the current situation and negative emotions we are surrounded with. It has nothing to do with fame or appreciation of my work, but more with finally having an aura of positivity rising above us like sunshine, making everyone smile - not with a fake smile, but the sincere one that comes from the heart."

"I wanted the idea of the brand to be based on my story. Even the name, Innangelo, stems from the Heart Angel and reflects my work with The Heart Fund."

"It is my dream to have a collection that can help to save lives. Although I haven't dealt with the commercial and marketing side of things yet, I hope that the brand will allow me to support the charity as 5% of each sale will go to the Heart Fund."

"We wanted to have a brand that would be a combination of art and fashion, so in addition to my collection every year we will also collaborate with a different artist. The artist will have a carte blanche to design three scarves following his or her own aesthetics and vision. I feel that the project is only worth its while when the artist is allowed to express themselves fully, without limits whether he or she is passionate about ecology, politics or the future - anything."

Excerpt from an exclusive interview with Natalia from Fashioned By Love - read the full interview with photographs at: www.fashionedbylove.co.uk

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Innangelo Paris Scarves

Inna Zobova is a fashion model and actress residing in Paris and is the designer of her own line of exquisite scarves. Her unique visual design signature is based on drawings, mixed media and photography. INNANGELO's scarf collections are crafted by Ratti. This prestigious company was founded by Antonio Ratti in 1945 on Lake Como in Italy and is one of the biggest luxury textile manufacturers in the world. The Ratti name is a symbol of resolutely ambitious quality in the world of luxury. Click on the image above and look at Inna Zobova's designs.

The Heart Fund

The Heart Fund
The Heart Fund saves the lives of children suffering from heart disease by investing in solutions and innovations that revolutionize access to care in developing countries.



From pediatirc open-heart surgery to the building of hospital planes, The Heart Fund collaborates with over one hundred volunteer experts and 120 private and institutional partners in Haiti, India, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire. Created in 2010 by Dr. David Luu, The Heart Fund is an international public charity that is a pioneer in technological innovation to combat cardiovascular diseases. Inna Zobova is an Ambassador for The Heart Fund and contributes a portion of her profits to this charity. Donations are always gratefully accepted on their website by clicking on the graphic above.

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