Behind-the-Scenes with Lada Kravchenko

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NERD ALERT
I studied computer technology, so I was the only girl in my whole class in college. I’m a programmer. Yeah, database systems and computer tech—that’s my profession. I told you I’m a nerd!

WHERE TO NEXT?
Number one is India. It’s fraught with beauty and sex but not in the Western style. I want to explore. I’m trying to pitch it to every single editor: “Okay, so what about India for a shoot?” And they’re like, “Let’s do the Bahamas.”

NAKED REALLY IS NORMAL
We’re all born this way, right? It’s not something to be ashamed of. These are our bodies. Sometimes it’s much easier for girls to be nude than for guys to be around nude girls—especially on a shoot. They become very shy and try not to look at you, but then they bump into you and mumble something. They don’t know what to say.

MY PERSONAL STYLE
I’m a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of girl—very simple. But I love to dress up. I love red lipstick; it’s my favorite. Almost every single night now, I have different shades of red, and that’s my thing. Of course, it’s not very comfortable for kissing. Then again, I don’t make out that much in public.

LIVE TO EAT
I think you should follow what your body wants and just enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy your life, why are you here?

MY DRINK OF CHOICE
I drink because I’m Russian. We know how to party, and vodka is a big part of our culture. But I’m a bit weird because my go-to drinks are champagne and beer.

FAMILY TIES
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a ballerina, but it never happened. Then I wanted to be a preschool teacher. Finally, I wanted to be a makeup artist. When my father heard that, he said, “Okay, I’m going to choose for you. You’ll be an IT girl.” My dad’s the best. He taught me everything, and he’s the most loving person on earth, so I don’t argue with my dad.

A RUSSIAN IN TRUMP’S AMERICA
After the election, I was so confused. I look at myself as American, even though I have a Russian passport. After the election, I was like, “Actually, I’m Russian! I’m fine!” At least we have Justin Trudeau in Canada. He’s not my celebrity crush, but he’s my politician crush.

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