Hey, I’m from Ukraine, but currently I live in Ottawa. I’m in the 3rd year of the PhD in Economics program. I also work part-time as a Bookkeeper in SABA Accounting Solutions Ottawa. I’m modeling whenever I have time, LUXI MGMT and OMM are the two modeling agencies I’m with now.
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I don’t even know what I should start from! First, modeling! Best experience I’ve ever had! Doing runways is even more fun for me, than the ordinary shoots.
Second, dancing and fly yoga. I’d been dancing for about 14 years in a dancing troupe in Ukraine: ballet, contemporary, jazz-modern etc.
Third, music! I play the piano and guitar, finished a music school when I was 12.
Finally, art! I like drawing on clothes, and jeans jackets especially! Love to create something unique for the people I love and see them so happy wearing it every day.
What inspires your fashion style?
My fashion style is totally dependent on my mood, seriously! I like to be different. One day I’m wearing Nike’s with a black Zara dress, the next day it is a sexy body-shaped dress from PLT with high heels and fur coat from Topshop.
Which is the best compliment you have received?
Once my friend told me that I have the cutest and the most unique nose she has ever seen that made my day!
How will you describe a typical day like for yourself?
I’m hustling, guys, but from 9-10 a.m., not an early bird at all. Of course, except the days I go to work. I’m in deep need of a cup of coffee in the morning, maybe two, or three… Then I study, write my thesis, meet with professors or attend seminars. My boyfriend and I always spend the evening together – go shopping, cook, clean, go out or visit museums and ..everything!
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but have yet to find the time for it?
I want to learn French! I really do, but don’t have time for it now.
Have you been in an embarrassing situation before that is funny now when looking back?
I guess there is no person in the world that hasn’t been of course. I was, too, but don’t expect me to reveal all my secrets so fast.
What is the funniest or lamest attempt a guy has tried to know you?
Once, my girls and I were in Bulgaria, Sunny Beach – the craziest party city/beach ever. I still even remember the name of the bar near the beach, where it happened – “Amigo” We were dancing near the entrance and a group of German guys caught our eye, as far as I remember, 3-4 of them.
All of a sudden, they all ran up to me and started throwing me up in the air like a cheerleader or a rockstar on a concert. That was so unexpected and fun.. after that they explained that my dress reminded them of the real cheerleaders and they thought I’m one, a lesson: your style means a lot!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Mariya. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy = smart + confident + fearless
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