Vera Jordanova

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Vera Jordanova
Vera Jordanova (Вера Йорданова)

(1975-08-28) 28 August 1975 (age 45)
OccupationActress, Author, Model
Spouse(s)Federico Ruiz (2016–present)
Modeling information
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorGreen
AgencyNew York City MC2
Paris IMG
Los Angeles Special Artists Agency

Vera Jordanova (Bulgarian Вера Йорданова) (born 28 August 1975) is a Bulgarian-Finnish cookbook author, actress and model.

Early life[edit]

Jordanova was born in Helsinki, Finland, to Bulgarian musicians. She is fluent in Bulgarian, Finnish and English and speaks some Russian and has basic knowledge of Spanish, French.[1] Jordanova's parents relocated the family to Finland when Vera was a teen.[2] She studied several languages at a high school that specialized in language instruction before a modeling scout spotted her and helped launch her career as a model. Shortly after she moved to Finland, she was discovered by the premiere Finnish modeling agency Paparazzi and began to appear in national campaigns, and on magazine covers. From there, Vera went on to shoot a campaign for cosmetic giant Clarins, with renowned photographer Gilles Bensimon.[3] Vera spent the next ten years living and working in Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Cape Town, Barcelona, Los Angeles and New York, where she still lives.[2]


On the heels of her discovery, Jordanova appeared on several Finnish magazine covers, which led to more work outside Finland. International campaigns Jordanova appeared in include Felina Lingerie, Bacardi Lime, and Clarins, shot by photographer Gilles Bensimon.[4] Jordanova was featured in the 2006 Maxim calendar and has appeared in FHM[5] and the Czech Republic's June 2007 edition of Esquire.

At this time, Jordanova started acting in Finland, where she appeared in a few Finnish TV series, such as Isänmaan Toivot.[vague][6] Her debut in American cinema was in Eli Roth's horror sequel Hostel II, playing the part of Axelle, a mysterious woman who works for Elite Hunting to lure tourists into the Slovakian "death factory" for worldwide clientele of torture aficionados.[7]

In 2014 Vera published a memoir cookbook Don't Miss a Bite: Stories and Flavors from around the World (WSOY). The book, which was first published in Finland, explores food, culture and identity in the form of 100 recipes, short biographical stories and Vera's own drawings and photography.[2]


Year Film Role
1993 Harjunpää ja kiusantekijät Model
2007 Hostel: Part II Axelle Rassimov


Year Show Role
1994 Venla Gaala 1993 Herself
1998–1999 Tähtitehdas Minkki Karvonen
1998 Maailman pisin talk show Herself
1999–2001 Joonas Hytönen show Herself (2 episodes)
2000 Isänmaan toivot Vellu's Girlfriend (1 episode)
2006 Blow Out Herself (1 episode)
2007 Up Close with Carrie Keagan Herself (1 episode)
2014 Puoli Seitsemän Herself (1 episode)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2006 Colorful Rocco Deluca[citation needed] Model and dancer


  • Don't Miss a Bite: Stories and Flavors from around the World. Helsinki: WSOY. 2014. ISBN 978-9-5104-0643-4.


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