LONDON: Sloane Square
The former Yugoslavia states have been developing slowly since the fall of communism. Modeling agencies have been poaching young girls from behind the former iron curtain and making millions off of what seems to be an unlimited supply of natural resources in beauty. Croatia is one such area where agencies are beginning to look for fashion, commercial, swimwear, lingerie, etc. Ivana Vuknic is one such model emerging in the lingerie, swimwear and commercial markets.
Ivana was born and raised in Split, Croatia where he began her modeling career.
“I was born and live in split. With modeling I started after I won the contest for best Croatian model and it has opened many doors and brought a lot of offers to work. I lived two years in Italy. But Here, in croatia, I have family and friends and enjoy being with them. In Italy, when I go for work I always stay with my best friend from childhood, Flavia! We enjoy spending time together, she’s like family. Flavia also works as a model. We are often together and go for lunch, workout, go to the cinema – We support each other in everything!”
Notable fashion brands, magazines or campaigns:
“I worked a lot of editorials and billboards. Amica, INFIORE, Skinny, Diane von Furstenberg, Max Mara, Coppertone, Liu Jo and more. When I worked for the American brand Coppertone, I became their trademark face for the line of creams and suntan lotions. My Billboards are set in Italy, London, America and Croatia. This is also my favorite commercial job.”
Favorite places to live/work:
“My favorite cities are Milan and Paris.”
Diet and exercise:
“I’ve never been on a diet for my appearance. I think what is mostly responsible are my genetics. I do not eat bread or sandwiches. My favorite type of food is italian. the dish i could eat everyday is risotto with shrimp. I love soups and vegetables mostly. I do not avoid sweets. I really enjoy them, especially chocolate, which i absolutely adore. I regularly go to pilates and yoga. I love to walk a lot and roller-blade.”
Favorite drinks, alcohol or non, sleep habits, other habits as smoking;
“My favorite drink is Coca Cola Zero. I do not drink alcohol. Certainly alcohol and cigarettes are very big minus. Daily sleep about seven hours and that’s enough. Quality sleep is essential for normal functioning and general healthy living.”
“My favorite designers are Giuseppe Zanotti, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Miu Miu and Casadei.”
Favorite and least favorite things about modeling:
“When modeling, you meet a lot of people, traveling is great – especially seeing different cities. Life is certainly dynamic. But models should be careful and have the right attitude, strong character and not be impressionable.”