Meet Russian fashion model Polina Frantsena. A huge nerd at heart, a sucker for a good romantic dress and a healthy food lover.
Agencies: Nous Models, CESD
Milestones: Shooting Abercrombie with Bruce Webber, walking in NYFW and LAFW.
Current location: Los Angeles
How were you discovered?
I was approached by a scout in Boston, MA where I was going to high school. At first I was skeptical, but he suggested I have my parents call him. They did and I got placed with a modeling agency in New York City – New York Model Management.
What does your career do for you?
I think when you get to a shoot – the photographer, make up artist, hair and wardrobe stylists and the model all collaborate to create a form of art. Weather you are showcasing a designer, or selling a product, the opportunity to be a part of the creative process has been very gratifying for me.
Tell us a bit about your most memorable shoot?
I’m going to be a rebel and list two instead of one. The first would have to be when I got to go to Rome to shoot for Abercrombie and Fitch with Bruce Webber. We had some time off, so we explored the Vatican, and even got to see the Pope who was doing an appearance outside of his residence.
Second is when I shot a commercial for Burger King. And the reason I loved it so much is this: the commercial was cross promoting Iron Man film that was coming out at around the same time. The Burger King costume (or rather his head) was put on the stunt actor who did all action sequences in Iron Man movies, and….. He was wearing the actual Iron Man suit for the shoot. I am a huge nerd at heart, so I geeked out over that, and even asked if I could hold his hand. He was confused at first, but when I explained I wanted to see what it would feel like to hold Iron Man’s hand, he obliged.
How would you define your personal style?
I wear stuff that has New York clean lines vibe, but also has a tinsy bit of sass. I love wearing ripped jeans with combat boots. But I am also a sucker for a good romantic dress.
And what are some of the heroes of your wardrobe?
The literal hero is my Diesel leather jacket, that I’ve had for over 10 years, and it is still somehow surviving. Some of my other favorite pieces are – a DVF lace dress that I love, and the combat boots you can quite often find me wearing.
Could you give us your best beauty and exercise tip(s)?
I think consistency is key. What I find works best is getting yourself in an eating and working out regiment, that you can sustain over a long period of time. Beware of crash diets!
As far as working out – I love hot yoga studios. I feel that I can work up a sweat, and tone, while getting a good doze of relaxation and centering at the same time.
And what is the one beauty product you can’t live without?
I live in Los Angeles, where as you may have heard the sun is always shining, so having a daily moisturizer with SPF is a must. I use Clarins Daily Lotion with SPF 15.
Could you give us a 1-day food diary? What do you eat on a regular day?
I make sure to eat lean proteins like turkey, chicken and fish, complex carbs – sweet potatoes are my favorite. I usually avoid dairy, because I have an allergy. Having a treat every once in a while is totally fine, I don’t like the idea of having to deprive your self of anything. Just don’t go crazy and maybe add 10 minutes to your cardio the next day.
What are your favorite hang out spots in the city you live in (current location)?
I love hiking, and Grifith Park has beautiful views of the city. My favorite food is sushi, and there a million great sushi places in Los Angeles. Studio City has a stretch that’s called Sushi Row, it’s on Ventura Blvd. All the places are amazing, but my favorite is Kiwami.
What is your favorite city and where do you like to hang out there?
I’ve been to Rome 3 times so far, and I think it is so beautiful. The combination of ancient architecture, and culture, and food is really unique. I just love walking around the streets there. Rome claims to have one of the best gelato places in the world – Il Gelato di San Crispino. I liked it! And so did Elizabeth Gilbert, who put it in Eat, Pray, Love.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
When people approach me for advice on how to star, I always tell them to find a modeling agency in there area that holds open calls. Going to an open call with a few “polaroid” style photos of yourself is often all you need when you are starting out. Do not spend money to join an agency; if an agency asks for money from you upfront, it’s a scam!
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I think it’s nice to have a way to be connected to people in your field. MODELLIST-ID provides a platform for communication and information, and weather you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, it’s always nice to be able to reach out and find information you need.
Any nice plans for the future?
I’m excited to put my NYU Film School degree to use! I have started by writing and directing Funny or Die shorts, and have been collaborating with some very interesting and talented people lately, so I am excited for what’s to come. For me writing and being in comedy is another creative extension of what I do in modeling – but this time I get to talk and create my own content! You can find my work on Funny or Die http://www.funnyordie.com/topic/polina-frantsena
I also love to cook healthy food, and have been featured as a guest writer in my Agency’s magazine. I am looking to continue writing about my cooking conquests, you can keep up with my progress on http://nouszine.nousmodels.com/?s=polina+frantsena