When I close my eyes and think of Valentina I see her in black and white, wearing a shearling gilet, tulip skirt, and leather scrunch boots that expand in volume with the release of the zipper. This look was designed by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga. And the image was styled by Marie Amelie Sauvé and photographed by David Sims. And she remains that woman. Yet she is nothing like that. .
To paraphrase Walt Whitman: Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself;
(Valentina is large, She contains multitudes.) .
She is a top model who has been photographed by iconic photographers such as David Sims, Harry Peccinotti, Steven Klein, Mikael Jannson and Inez & Vinoodh. Truthfully, you are most likely to find Valentina at Georgia O’ Keene’s Ghost Ranch, barefoot, with sunscreen and a scarf to protect her from the harsh desert sun and wind. Or maybe you could find her in Thailand, putting the work in to find the essence from within. .
Valentina’s passion for ecology, nutrition, fitness, wellness, and peace has led her all over the world. She shares the valuable information she has learned through her monthly column in Elle Russia. .
Every time we speak, I learn something new about skin care. Valentina generously shares book lists of titles that have made a significant difference in her life. We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Valentina, who encourages you to live your best, most authentic life.