In Bloom

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Nadejda Savcova is no stranger to the catwalks of big name designers and international magazines. Working with the likes of Giorgio Armani, Galliano and Cavalli along with Italian Vogue, Cosmopolitian and Elle, Nadejda has seen things and places in the world that one can only dream of. However, this was never set in stone: Nadejda never even thought of becoming a model.

Born in Moldavia, Nadejda’s life took a turn towards fame when she met a musician by chance who saw the potential in her to take the world by storm with her striking features. However, it was Nadejda’s own mother who really got her career going. Through entering the world of beauty contests, it was here that Nadejda was discovered on a larger scale. She was crowned as Miss Moldova, and that’s when it happened: a local scout took a liking to Nadejda, and she soon ended up on her first cover for Elle Magazine.

Despite her busy lifestyle, Nadejda still makes time to enjoy all that life has to offer. Travel, a term that Nadejda uses constantly, has become a way of life for her. Although tiresome, she still takes the time to learn as many languages as possible. Currently, she speaks six. And while it’s exciting to jet off to a new job (or perhaps a leisurely getaway), there is a piece of Nadejda that she longs for: her dog, Alfie. A true artist, Nadejda finds inspiration through visual arts. Banksy, Picasso, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol are some of the few that fuel Nadejda’s thirst. But there is another outlet that Nadejda finds excitement in: acting. It is through this art that Nadejda is investing most of time and energy into, along side her modeling career. W360Management.com JENNIFER STEVENS

Q: Tell us a little about your family and the morals that they instilled in you.
A: I grew up in a humble home with a simple family, in Moldavia. Growing up as a child, I was educated to appreciate the small things in life: I grew up learning how to share as I had an older sister and many cousins. I learned from my family the importance of gathering together and helping each other, and of course to always remember where I came from.

Q: Your career really took off once you were on the cover of Elle. How would you explain the rush? What went through your mind at that point?
A: Everything that happened was really unexpected. I didn’t really realize that I was stepping into the fashion business and that this cover could change my life. It was when I saw the actual print copy with my face on the cover that I felt very proud and happy, but I didn’t want to be different from my
schools mates, so I kept it a secret.

Q: You travel the world. Where do you live now? What do you miss about Moldavia?
A: I live in New York right now, but I am so lucky that my career has brought me to many places in Europe which has been “home” for me for quite some time. I have also lived in London, Paris and Milan. It is still hard to be away from the “real home” where my family is. What I miss the most is to have a chance to spend more time with them — but here in New York, I have a small group of friends with whom I get together with “the Russian way “ at least once a month.

Q: What were you like as a child?
A: I was very communicative — I wasn’t a shy child. Back then, there were no video games and certainly no social media, so I spent many holidays with my sister and cousins, putting on little shows and imitating my family members. There was always something to laugh about with each of them, and the sound of laughter was always in the house.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: When I have free time in New York, I try to spend as much time with my dog, Alfie as possible as well as my friends and loved ones. I enjoy practicing yoga as well boxing, which was something that I grew up watching as a little girl since my father was and still is involved with the Moldavian Boxing Federation. I love any type of art, so I spend time watching movies or visiting shows.

Q: You are studying acting. How did you get into this art? Is there anything in the works that you can tell us about?
A: I was always fascinated by the art of performance since I was a little girl growing up in Moldavia. It’s incredible to think that the performance of an artist can transfer emotions and transport you in a different dimension. I started studying acting in New York which has helped me not only to learn
many things about the people around me, but also learn about myself.

I am in process of learning about this amazing art, and while I have little experience, it will help me a lot in the future with wherever it takes me.

Q: If you could live in one place forever, where would it be and why?
A: I don’t think a particular place really matters to me. I also moved a lot during my career and I am bit of a “gypsy at heart” since I have never stayed in one place for more than 3 years in a row. So I think that it is not the place that matters — it is the people that you are with. I would love to be in a place where I can have my family and friends close — even if not 30 minutes away, at least one short fight away so I am able to see them as often as I can.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging thing about your career?
A: The most challenging thing in my career has always been to be ready to go somewhere. Sometimes, I have to go to a place located on the other side of the planet for a very short time, where I will be meeting and working with new people. Being in places where I may not be understood or I can’t understand others… but these are the things that I love the most about my job. The only hard thing is to be away from my family, friends and my loved ones.

Q: Who are some of your idols and where do you find inspiration?
A: I love to look through fashion photography books, visit art galleries and watch old movies.

Q: What does the fashion world need most?
A: I think that the fashion world is very versatile and already has many existing artists, but it needs to always boost and support young creative talents.

Q: What is one thing that people do not know about you?
A: When I was a kid, I dreamed of being the first woman to go into space from my country.usually the weirdo on the dance floor busting out my sweet Olive Oyl-like dance moves, limbs flying everywhere (which is why I tend to stay away from packed clubs). You’re more likely to find me bowling or watching a band in Brooklyn, beer in hand. And I love talking to everyone. I’m not Regina George. I want to be your friend!

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging thing about your career?
A: Never knowing. Modeling is not a stable 9-5 job. I’m always working with different clients in different places and there are days where I wish that I had more routine and structure in my life. You can’t really plan anything because you never know what job might confirm. Jobs can pop up at the very last
minute and you’ll be on a plane the next day. At the beginning of your career it’s exciting, but when you’ve been doing this for a while it can get a little tiresome — particularly if you have other passions and hobbies that you want to pursue and schedule.

Q: Who are some of your idols and where do you find inspiration?
A: I love to look through fashion photography books, visit art galleries and watch old movies.

Q: What does the fashion world need most?
A: I think that the fashion world is very versatile and already has many existing artists, but it needs to always boost and support young creative talents.

Q: What is one thing that people do not know about you?
A: When I was a kid, I dreamed of being the first woman to go into space from my country.

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