FROM HARVARD TO EDITORIAL, VICTORIA GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
“I remember when I was in first grade and the teacher asked everyone in class ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I immediately responded ‘I want to be a top model!’”
Spring/Summer Double Issue Photographed by Franklin Liranzo, Creative Detail by Molly Cohen, Styled by Lisa K. Stephenson 2021
Everyone is born into this great vast world, yet we’re not all born the same. Human beings are born embedded with dreams and desires entirely their own. In the beginning, we have a sense of who or what we want to become. Some dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, or bakers. Others dream of becoming Olympians, CEOs, or trail-blazing entrepreneurs. But as time goes on, and we transition from childhood to adulthood, those initial dreams begin to shift. Slowly but surely, we take a more “responsible adult” approach to living our best life. In other words, we grow out of living in a fantasy and start living in the real world. However, this was never the case for Victoria Lutsiv, a model and actress.
“I remember when I was in first grade and the teacher asked everyone in class ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I immediately responded ‘I want to be a top model!’” she recalls smiling brightly through Zoom with her blue framed glasses and yellow pullover sweater.
BOLDBachelorette Question (1) When did you start modeling and how did you get into it? Who inspired you?
V.L. "Since early childhood, I was organizing runway shows in my room and making all my family watch them. I started modeling when I was about seven or eight years old when my mom took me to the Little Miss Ukraine beauty pageant. I ended up being between the 3 finalists. I always knew I wanted to become a model. My biggest inspirations are Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell."
BOLDBachelorette Question (2) What was your first modeling gig?
V.L. "My first important modeling gig was Málaga Fashion Shows for fashion week when I was living in Spain. I was 12 when I walked my first runway."
BOLDBachelorette Question (3) Has your perception of the modeling industry changed over time?
V.L. "It has changed. I feel like nowadays all aspiring models all over the world have the freedom to become a model regardless of their age, size, gender, height, weight... and this is so important, especially for younger people and their self-confidence. It’s not all about 5’10 and 90-60-90 anymore!"
BOLDBachelorette Question (4) Do you feel that the demands placed on women in the industry can be detrimental to their overall mental health?
V.L. "I do believe that the demands placed on women in the industry can be detrimental to their mental health. The media is always trying to sell us products and make us believe what is beautiful and what is not. But who are those people? Who creates beauty standards and why should we believe in them? Many fellow models I knew/know suffered from eating disorders and depression, including myself a couple of years ago. Being a model is a full-time job, you want it or not. It is constantly working on yourself, constantly improving yourself mentally and physically. It is already hard enough, without these impossible beauty standards that the media tells us. Dear women all over the world, we are beautiful the way we are and no media can tell us how we should look! We are the best versions of ourselves on this planet! And we are enough!"
BOLDBachelorette Question (5) What was your dream job when you were a child? Did you always aspire to become a model?
V.L. "Honestly, I always wanted to be a model! When my first-grade teacher asked kids who they want to be when grown up, everyone was answering “astronaut”, “teacher”, “doctor”... but I stood up and said, “I want to be a top model!”.