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Beija Babe Backstage : Liza Gulyaewa

Beija Babe Backstage : Liza Gulyaewa

1. Home is... ?

It’s difficult to call one place “home”, ever since I moved from Moscow to London 4 years ago. What I can call home, is the place where my family and friends are. Moscow is my home, - where I grew up and where my family lives, while London is the home in which I live, continue to grow in a professional and career capacity with my boyfriend and close friends.


2. What are you working on at the moment? 


This summer I finished by bachelor’s degree at city University in Politics and economics, and got accepted into a Masters programme in Marketing at Westminster University. Currently education takes up a significant portion of my time, however I also work as model and actively work on social media working with a lot of brands.


3. Most unforgettable lingerie moment good or bad?


For me lingerie is like a second skin. Every time when I put on ‘beautiful’ lingerie, I feel confident which always puts me in a good mood.

4. Earliest London memory...


I’ve been to London even before I moved, I went there for summer holidays to improve my English. I remember how London amazed me on how comfortable it was to be in the city, how friendly the people were and how someday I wanted to move and live there, which eventually happened.


5. What have you found most challenging in 2020 and any good memories from this year?


The year began quite well, I went to three countries before the pandemic. The most
memorable moment was when my family and I travelled to Thailand and Rome. The hasn’t been pandemic easy for me. I am a really impatient person and a life that stood still bothered me quite a lot. For a girl who just graduated from university it was difficult for me to be in a position where I can’t tell what’s going to happen in my life in the coming year. But this taught me to live in the moment and enjoy what I currently have. 2020 was the perfect opportunity to take time for myself.


6. Best piece of advice you've been given?


Don’t give people unasked for advice and live the way that’s comfortable for you. Every person has their own time frame on their dreams and plans and you shouldn’t blame yourself for not meeting those deadlines. We should especially not be comparing your success to that of other people. Your time will come.


7. How did you start modelling and how have you found it in London compared to Russia?


When I was 13, I was going to the cinema with my sister and a modelling agent came up to us and offered to help me become a model, that’s how it all started. Comparing modelling in London and Moscow, I can definitely say that London has a lot more opportunities, as the majority of international brands are based here.


8. What are you currently passionate about?


I’m really looking forward to when my masters programme starts, the launch of our project with Hana, which I’m sure a lot of people will love!


9. What are your biggest insecurities and how have you overcome or are overcoming them?

Since I was 15 I’ve been dealing with acne… People haven’t always been kind to me, especially in modelling, where the client wants to see a perfect face. I came face to face with discussions and insults about the state of my skin. Now I understand that each person has the right to not be ashamed of their own skin, no matter the issues, differences or uniqueness of it. I know that each person with acne fights with it every day. Our society has to stop discussing and insulting people that are struggling with this issue. It would greatly help the person calmly find the solution that’s right for them without worrying about everyone else’s opinion. In my Instagram I show my skin quite a lot as it is and share my worries. In return I get a lot of messages from those who are struggling with acne just as I am. I think that this kind of spirit helps us understand that we are not alone, and we shouldn’t be ashamed.


10. What are you most looking forward to in 2021?


I hope in 2021, all my plans for my career and projects with Hana are successful. I also want to travel a lot, and see Portugal, the south of France and Italy.

 


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