Why are the majority of models Eastern European?

Discussion in 'Models' started by aquamarinist, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. aquamarinist

    aquamarinist Rising Star

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2013
    Messages:
    873
    I have always wondered this
     
  2. Milaxo

    Milaxo Guest

    I personally think it's because the majority of them can be very tall, small shoulders with great hourglass figures. They generally have high cheekbones and striking features.

    There are a lot of them here in Toronto and I notice even the shorter ones have striking facial features. Especially Russian, Ukrainians have the nice high cheekbones but sharp eyes.

    I think all races are beautiful but EE's tend to have the model requirements.
     
  3. sabine

    sabine VIP - Insider
    VIP

    Joined:
    May 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,350
    What @Milaxo said, also, many of them come from less fortunate backgrounds from which modeling is an opportunity to provide for themselves and often their family too, therefore they're hungrier for it and less likely to complain of poor conditions. If life back home is less than plushy you're not as likely to call it quits when things get 'too hard'.
     
    #3 sabine, Apr 25, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 16, 2014
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Anna

    Anna Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,209
    Well, we have to consider the fact that the fashion model scene was not always dominated by Eastern European girls. The 90s supermodel clan - Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and co - weren't Eastern European dominated at all. They also had quite a different look. Eastern European models came into fashion when Miuccia Prada, in order to give the clothes a greater focus, chose a crop of models for her show that were unknown faces. These girls played the role of walking clothes hangers at the shows, and therefore were very young, skinny and tended to be Eastern European - quite literally blank canvases.


    Also, from TFS, some thing I found interesting, the model trends over the years...
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Anna

    Anna Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,209
    Yes, this is so true.

    I've also been told that in East Asia, Eastern European (generally Russian) models who are just starting out and/or unknown faces accept and work for less than the models from their own country. This in combination with the fact that there are many tall Eastern European girls makes them even more desirable, which is why magazines and catalogs all over the world have been Eastern European dominated.
     
    #5 Anna, Apr 25, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 16, 2014
  6. classichic

    classichic Super Star

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,289
    Also, Asia has been doing better economically, there is increasing demand for Asian models because then they can try to appeal to the Asian market. Makes good business sense.
     
  7. antelope

    antelope Rising Star

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2012
    Messages:
    2,203
    I always guessed it was because the girls are tall, start off relatively slender and have an easier time maintaining a skinny aestethic, and the culture. They are more likely to put up with the demands of modeling than an American... I dont know but thats just my opinion. Plus a lot of Eastern European girls have the features that the designers want like high cheekbones, blonde hair, blue eyes...
     
  8. Jailbait

    Jailbait Super Star

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,518
    Agree. A diet of cabbage soup, borscht and sauerkraut keeps most of the girls skinny. ;)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Elisa

    Elisa Worker Bee

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1,096
    well russia is a damn big country, there are also tons of russian women who look like crap. actually a lot, at least in germany.
    i second what @sabine said. many of the russian girls come from poor cities/countryside in the middle of nowhere and are likely much more thankful to start a career than other girls who have also other career oportunities in their countries and have some monetary support from their parents. i am sure for some it's the only way out, so they work really hard. plus they may be the ones earning the money to feed and support the family, so they may feel a lot more pressure to stay in the industry.

    i could also imagine that girls from EE tend to be more, idk if it's the right word, frugal, and adjusted b/c of their education due to political circumstances. in russia e.g. it's not common to shout out your opinion, you'd rather stay humble and not complain. in western europe young people are taught to speak up for themselves, take responsibility for their own lives and address problems straight away. we have freedom of speech in our countries and all that.
     
    #9 Elisa, Apr 26, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 16, 2014
  10. skinnylegs

    skinnylegs Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2012
    Messages:
    497
    you are not a true eastern european if you don't eat cabbage at least twice a week :lol:
    seconding everything said, and yes, the culture is quite different but that depends of each one's education
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. NewLeaf

    NewLeaf Worker Bee

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,004
    Everything said here is relevant, but as said by a French model I know, they have the discipline to get to such a small size and maintain it. Probably a lot to do with what others have said, their background etc. In relation, restricted diets might not be new to them, or might not be a very big problem in comparison to what else they could be doing. In the mean time, british and american (and I guess french?) girls will put their foot down at a certain point, they'll turn their nose up at certain working conditions/hours/demands, and they know it's stupid to starve themselves - and that it's the only way to get to the size the industry wants them - so they refuse. Enter Snejana.
     

Share This Page