The Slavic parts of Eastern Europe have been long known as one of world’s best suppliers of celebrities and notably fashion models. You may have already heard of Irina Shayk (Russian) Olga Kurylenko (Russian, Ukrainian and Belarussian) and Natalia Vodianova (Russian) just to name a few, that proudly represent their countries on the runway and on the big screen.
To find out which stars also share Slavic ancestry, but you probably couldn’t tell from their names, just see below:
The singer of hits such as “Royals”, “Team” and “Yellow Flicker Beat” was born in New Zealand to a Croatian mother Sonja Jelić, her full name being Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor.
2. Holly Valance
Australian actress and singer notable for her hits “Kiss Kiss”, “Down Boy” and “Naughty Girl” was born in Fitzroy, Australia to a Serbian father, her full name being Holly Rachel Vukadinović.
3. Natalia Avelon
Natalia Avelon was born Natalia Siwek on 29 March 1980 in Wrocław, Poland. She moved to Germany when she was eight and went to become an actress and singer, most notably starring in a duet with Ville Vallo of HIM – “Summer Wine“.
4. Melania Trump
Most recently known as the wife of US presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump, Melania started her career as a model in the 1990s. She hails from Novo Mesto in Slovenia, her birth name being Melanija Knavs.
5. Tamara & Petra Ecclestone
Tamara and Petra are models, fashion designers, socialites and daughters of Croatian-born Slavica Ecclestone (né Radić) and Bernie Ecclestone, British business magnate and chief executive of the Formula One Group.
6. Milla Jovovich
Famous for her roles in The Fifth Element and Resident Evil franchise, Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Although she was born in Ukraine, Milla’s mother is Russian and her father is Serbian. Her given name is Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich.
7. Nina Dobrev
Nina is one of Hollywood’s newcomers, known mostly for starring in The Vampire Diaries and Degrassi: The Next Generation. She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and her full name is Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva.
8. Coco Austin
Former model, Playboy bunny and Ice-T’s wife Coco Austin was born in the US to a Serbian mother.
9. Natasha Poly
A supermodel from Russia and a former Victoria Secret’s Angel, Natasha was born in Perm in 1985. Her full name is Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova.
10. Sandra Nasic
Sandra is the lead singer of Guano Apes, one of the best-selling rock bands from Germany. Some of their hits include “Lords of the Boards“, “Big in Japan” and “Open Your Eyes“. Sandra was born in Göttingen to Croatian parents.
11. Idda Van Munster
Born Aida Đapo, Idda is a Bosnian blogger, model, and make-up artist. Idda was named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” on 23 July 2013 by the website BeautifulWomen.