Interview: Daria Komarkova
09 april 2010

In a far… far away land (to us, at least) a quarter of a century ago… a girl was born. Twenty-five years later, this girl would enjoy a fast ride on the newest Kawasaki-bike and knock about town. This girl didn’t know that she would let hearts beat faster too. The hearts of Fashion Society, that is (besides 294.763 boys’ hearts). Meanwhile, this little girl grew up and left her birthplace Moscow to go to metropolises like New York, Paris and London. Working for designers like John Galliano, Marc Jacobs and Emporio Armani, this girl lives a true fairy tale.

Her name is Daria Komarkova: a girl with many different faces, classical strong features and green eyes, which gives her a royal appearance. Daria recently did a photo shoot for Marie Claire Australia and is now booked for Marie Claire UK as well, which is why she is staying in London right now. Please, someone, ANYONE, buy me a ticket to London to pay this Russian beauty a visit, but hey, unfortunately not everybody is living the model life… So, during our interview by telephone I fancy myself eating scones with jam and clotted cream and sipping my English tea. I notice that Daria is an eloquent young lady with a great sense of humour.

How old were you when you started modelling?
I was nineteen and studying PR at Moscow University.

How did your career start?
I was eighteen years old and was on my way to school. I was buying some newspapers at the metro station. A strange guy approached me and told that me he was a photographer and worked with famous models like Natalia Vodjanova and Evgenia Volodina. He wanted me to meet some people working for the Russian Vogue. Of course I didn’t know who Natalia Vodjanova or Evgenia Volodina were, but I knew about the Russian Vogue... I was interested and called him, because I wanted to go to the casting. I had heard a lot of stories about girls being kidnapped and forced to work as prostitutes, so I went to the casting with the boy I was dating and his friend. They were both huge rugby players. Can you imagine me waiting there with two rugby players next to me?! Every time I’m thinking about that, I have to laugh out loud. I didn’t get the job of course, but a couple of months later, the same photographer called me and asked if I wanted to meet an agent from Paris. I went to meet him, signed a contract and worked with him until he died.

Did you have any preconceptions about modelling when you started your career?
Actually, I didn’t even know that modelling existed. Alright, I had heard of Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer and all those other supermodels of the 90s, but that was something so unreal, something that could never ever happen to me, so I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t really care. I never read any of the fashion magazines and the people I was hanging out with would never say something like “Oh, have you seen those new Prada shoes???”. Much more likely they would say something like “Oh, have you seen the new Kawasaki bike?!”.

Are there any things that are totally different from what you expected it to be?
Oh yes, when I started modelling I was surprised that it was such big thing. I never realized how many people are actually involved in this business. Oh, and of course I expected it to be much more glamorous.

Daria Komarkova for Marie Claire Australia...

I heard that, after Marie Claire Australia, you have also been booked for Marie Claire UK. Will this open new doors for you?
I hope so. I just came to London two weeks ago, but I think I’ll stay here for a while. I like it here.

Are there any designers/magazines that you think are extra inspiring to work for?
It’s not about magazines or designers, it’s about the team you work with. Sometimes you meet people who really enjoy what they’re doing. They are truly happy to be there and want to create something cool. I find that very inspiring. At some shoots, however, it’s like: “Let’s do this quickly, so we can go home.”

There are a lot of good-looking girls in the world who are modelling. You are a successful and promising model. Do you have any idea why people like to work with you in particular? Do you have any special skills?
Hm, that’s a hard one. Well… I’m easy to work with. I work quickly, don’t complain that much and never whine, haha.

When you are working abroad, do you stay in model apartments?
I haven’t stayed in a model apartment for a long time. Here in London, I’m actually staying in an apartment with two other girls.

How do you like model apartments? It’s not the most luxurious thing, right...?
Here in London I actually quite like it. Ok... one of these girls is a good friend of mine and the other one is very nice, cool. She’s very tidy too, which is the most important thing! So it’s good. But I’ve seen a lot of bad places in my life... When I came to London for the first time, which is a long time ago, I stayed in a model apartment with nine other girls. Imagine what the kitchen looks like every morning… And I had to sleep on the cold floor. Another time I had to stay with 5 boys and believe me: boys are messy. So I’m not a big fan of model apartments, although sometimes it can be lot of fun.

Where do you work? Do you have any favourite countries?
USA, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Australia and sometimes I even work in Russia. Last year I went to Australia for the first time and I really want to go back there. It’s just such a different lifestyle, relaxed, and I liked it a lot.

Are there any places you would like to go, that you haven’t visited yet?
I would like to go backpacking in South America and Southeast Asia, but I need at least a year for that.

The 20th of June is your birthday, right? Do you already know where you are going to be that time?
Well, no… I don’t even know what I’m doing next week. But if possible, I’ll go to Moscow to see my family and friends.

Do you already have any ambitions after your modelling career?
I have quite a lot of ideas about what I would like to do after modelling, but I don’t have a fixed plan yet. Do you know the saying: "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans"? So maybe, one day I'll wake up and decide to do something completely different.

Do you have a particular job of which you have special memories?
I will always remember my first fashion show. It was in St. Petersburg for some Italian designers. I didn’t get paid and even had to pay for my own ticket. We stayed in some spooky hotel and I remember that I was very nervous. The Italian designers hated me because I didn’t know how to walk... But still I was very happy to be there. My only thought was: “WOW, I’M A MODEL!”

(Funny) Facts:
Brothers/sisters: I have one brother, he’s 6 years older
Political preference: Somewhere deep in my soul I still believe in Communism
Boyfriend: Yes
Tooth paste: Colgate
Jeans size: 27
How to stay in shape: I ride my bike everywhere
Favourite movies: Oh, I have many. Watching movies is one of my favourite things
Favourite music: Classic rock
Favourite book: Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita”
Favorite colour: Blue
Favourite candy: M&M's!
Idols: I don’t have any
Things you love: reading, candy, Fridays, pickles, movies, beer, giraffes, mashed potatoes, friends, driving, ice cream, snowboarding, striped socks, fairy tales
Things you hate: Brussels sprouts, snakes, computer viruses, Vegemite, reality TV
Last dream that you can remember: Oh, I always have long and weird dreams. Like strange places, strange creatures...just meaningless nonsense
Strange habits: I eat pickles with cookies, ice cream with ham, i wear different socks and I always have a roll of double sided tape in my suitcase when I travel
Sushi/Mac Donalds/Starbucks: sometimes/once every 3 months/YES!
Coffee/tea/soda: yes/yes/yes
Lipgloss/concealer/mascara: no/ depends.../yes
Museum/shopping/partying!: yes/yes/yes

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