Snejana Onopka

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Snizhana Onopka
Snizhana Onopka, 2010
Сніжана Дмитрівна Онопкo

(1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 37)
Mykola Shchur
(m. 2011; div. 2020)
Modeling information
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[1]
Hair colorblonde
Eye colorblue [2]
AgencyThe Face (Paris)
Why Not Model Management (Milan)
Traffic Models (Barcelona)
Modelwerk (Hamburg)
Public Image Management (Montreal)
MIKAs (Stockholm)
METRO Models (Zurich) [3]

Snizhana Dmytrivna Onopko (Ukrainian: Сніжана Дмитрівна Онопко; born 15 December 1986), known professionally as Snejana Onopka, is a Ukrainian model.

Early life[edit]

Snejana Onopka was born on 15 December 1986 in Severodonetsk, Ukraine. In 2001, she moved to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. While there, Onopka was spotted by a foreign scout at the age of 15, and thus began her career as a model.[5][6]


In 2005, Steven Meisel photographed Onopka for the Prada and Dolce & Gabbana fall ad campaigns, sparking a booking frenzy thereafter and he then photographed her for two covers of Italian Vogue.[7] In September 2005, she debuted by closing Marc by Marc Jacobs show in New York and also opened the Dolce & Gabbana and Karl Lagerfeld shows. In 2006, Steven Meisel photographed her for Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot photographed her for a Louis Vuitton campaign and Juergen Teller photographed her for Yves Saint Laurent. The same year, Onopka became the face of Lanvin, replacing Lily Donaldson. Onopka has appeared on the cover of i-D, Numéro, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, Allure Russia, Elle Ukraine, Glamour Russia and the Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and French editions of Vogue. On the runway, Onopka has walked for designers including Chanel, Gucci, Anna Sui, Christian Dior,Versace, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Isabel Marant.[8]

In September 2006, Onopka was unfairly mentioned in the New York Times article, "When Is Thin Too Thin?" along with fellow models Natasha Poly and Hana Soukupová.[9]

In September 2017, Onopka briefly returned to the runway and opened the Natasha Zinko show at London Fashion Week.[10]

In 2021, Snizhana Onopko took part in Alex Luna's art project Somnia Disater,[11] dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy.[12] The presentation of the project took place on the anniversary of the tragedy on 26 April at the Star of Wormwood Civil Defence Museum in the city of Chornobyl. On 28 April at the National Conservation Area "St Sophia of Kyiv" in Kyiv.[13] From 14 to 21 August 2021, the project was presented at the 12th Odesa International Film Festival in Odesa.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Onopka was quoted in Teen Vogue saying this about her family: "My mother collects tear sheets of everything she sees me in." And about her father: "My father was in a rock band when I was growing up, so he's used to the spotlight. I like to sing, too."[15] According to Ukrainian media, she was previously engaged in 2009 to Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Onyshchenko.[16]

In 2011, Onopka married Ukrainian businessman Mykola (Nikolay) Shchur.[17] In 2020, she stated that her husband had physically abused her throughout the marriage, while also adding that he did not agree to divorce her and wanted to take away her property.[18]


  1. ^ "Snejana Onopka". Viva Models. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
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  3. ^ Snejana Onopka - Model Profile. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Снежана Онопко официально развелась с мужем-абьюзером". 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ (in Russian) Ukrainian supermodel congratulated Kharkiv students (photo), SQ (18 December 2015)
  6. ^ "Snejana Onopka". New York. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Snejana Onopka". Fashion Elite. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  8. ^ "Snejana Onopka Portfolio". Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  9. ^ Wilson, Eric (21 September 2006). "When Is Thin Too Thin?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Lucire: The return of Snejana Onopka". Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Відкриття виставки фотоартів Somnia disaster, присвяченій 35 річниці аварії на ЧАЕС". Інформаційне агентство Українські Національні Новини (УНН). Всі онлайн новини дня в Україні за сьогодні - найсвіжіші, останні, головні. (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  12. ^ "У Софії Київській представили виставку до 35-річчя Чорнобильської катастрофи". Вечірній Київ (in Ukrainian). 30 April 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  13. ^ У Софії Київській показали виставку, присвячену 35 роковинам аварії на ЧАЕС, retrieved 31 October 2023
  14. ^ "Фотопроект Somnia Disaster в межах 12-го ОМКФ | Новини". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 31 October 2023.
  15. ^ Weiss, Emily. "Snejana Onopka". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
  16. ^ (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short biography of Oleksandr Onyshchenko, LIGA
  17. ^ Rees, Alex (23 November 2011). "Top Model Snejana Onopka Got Married". The Cut. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  18. ^ "История Снежаны Онопко: от супермодели до жертвы домашнего насилия". (in Russian). Retrieved 14 August 2021.

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