Irina Pantaeva in 2012
|Born||Ирина Пантаева (Irina Pantaeva)
October 31, 1967 
Ulan-Ude, Buryat ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
The Marilyn Agency: Paris
Ford: New York
Visage Management: Zurich
Irina Pantaeva (Russian: Ирина Владленовна Пантаева; born October 31, 1967) is a Russian-American model and actress. Pantaeva was born in Ulan-Ude, Buryat ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. She is an ethnic Buryat-Mongol.
Pantaeva started working as a model with designer Larisa Dagdanova in 1988 in Ulan-Ude. She participated in several fashion shows with ″Larissa″ collection in China. In 1989 she won the first-ever beauty contest in Buryatia, ″Miss Ulan-Ude″. Later that same year she went to Moscow to the audition for Vozvrashchenie Khodzhi Nasreddina (Russian: Возвращение Ходжи Насреддина) movie, and filming afterwards. Then she joined Avant-garde Theatre of fashion run by designer Irina Molchanova. In 1991 she took part in her first major fashion show, the Moscow show of Pierre Cardin
In 1992, she moved to Paris to pursue her modeling career. She succeeded in getting an appointment with Karl Lagerfeld, that allowed her to join in his fashion show and the world of haute couture. Pantaeva signed a contract with "The Marilyn Agency″. In 1994, Pantaeva moved to New York City to further her career, and later appeared in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, as Jade, As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me and bit parts in Celebrity, Zoolander and People I Know, in addition to filming a guest appearance on 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also featured in the off-Broadway play Jewtopia. While in New York City, she graduated from the theatre department at New York University.
Pantaeva walked runways for renowned designers and fashion houses, such as: Christian Dior, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Issey Miyake, John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Chloé, Kenzo, appeared in fashion campaigns for Calvin Klein, GAP, Kenzo, Missoni, Levi's Jeans, and was presented on covers of the fashion magazines: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, etc. In the second half of the 1990s, she was one of the favourite models of English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. In 1998, she was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and wrote her autobiography Siberian Dream: A Memoir, which was published by Avon/Bard.
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