One of the most glamorous events in the world of fashion and film, Cannes Film Festival has always attracted world class beauties. Known for their elegance and style, many women from the world of arts and entertainment can be seen every summer in Cannes putting their best foot forward. And while there are too many lovely sightings to count in this type of event, a few Slavic beauties have captured everyone’s attention.
Known for her collaborations with high fashion brands such as Armani, Versace and Givenchy, it is no wonder Irina can rule the red carpet with confidence. A regular feature in Cannes, half Russian half Tatar beauty is certainly one of the best dressed models and most beautiful in the world. Born in a small city of Yemanzhelinsk bordering Kazakhstan and raised by a single mother, Shayk’s path to fame and success was far from easy. A former marketing student, her first breakthrough in modeling happened in 2004, when she won the title of Miss Chelyabinsk. Soon afterwards, she was recruited by modeling agencies in Moscow and Milan, and her career started to flourish. Securing premium modeling contracts such as those for Intimissimi, Swimsuit Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, Shayk also raised her profile by dating Cristiano Ronaldo. Following years were prosperous for Shayk, as she appeared on the covers of Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and was even a placard bearer for Russia at the opening ceremony of 2014 Winter Olympics. Despite professional success, Shayk parted ways with Ronaldo in 2015. However, soon afterwards she started dating her now husband, Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and eventually gave birth to their daughter Lea in 2017.
Czech beauty with a career spanning over two decades, Nemcova has never failed to delight on a Cannes red carpet. Wearing luxurious Zuhair Murad couture, Karvina native is a vision in her elegant, yet simple ensembles. More than a beautiful face, Petra is known for her philanthropic efforts, as she founded charity organisation Happy Hearts Fund in 2004, after finding herself in a disastrous Thailand tsunami. Discovered on the streets of Prague by a fashion scout, Nemcova made her first step towards modeling by entering Elite Model Look competition in 1995. Since then, her fashion career went from strenght to strenght, as she modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Bulgari, Max Factor, Schwartzkopf, Cartier and many other brands, and graced the covers of Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. However, her success in professional life was in stark contrast to personal tragedy she suffered in 2004. Vacationing in Thailand with her fiance, photographer Simon Atlee, Petra found herself in a midst of Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Suffering a broken pelvis, Nemcova survived by hanging on to a palm tree for eight hours before she was taken to hospital by rescue services. However, her fiancee wasn’t as fortunate, as he died in the tsunami of drowning. Inspired by her experience, Nemcova dedicated more of her work in the direction of charity and environmental causes, and only continued to do fashion and modeling as a hobby. A vegan and supporter of healthy lifestyle, Nemcova previously dated Haitian Prime Minister, but they have reportedly separated.
A legendary Czech sex symbol, it is always expected of Herzigova to outshine everyone else on the red carpet. Attending the Cannes Film Festival almost every year for the past two decades, she has never disappointed with her fashion and beauty choices. A fan of classical, old school style, she can often be seen in ladylike, slightly retro cuts, which only enhance her natural beauty and appeal. A face of Giorgio Armani and Dior, Herzigova is one of cult models of the 90s, and one of the most notable sex symbols in fashion. Receiving worldwide attention after her Wonderbra campaign, Herzigova has gone on to do much in high fashion, she starred in fashion art films and a few films. Working with Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and many other staple brands and fashion magazines, it is safe to say Eva’s legacy in modeling is strongly sealed. A former wife of Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, she is today happily married to Gregorio Marsiaj and only does modeling occasionally.
A glamour it-girl, Bonya is a regular fixture on all events relating Cannes Film Festival, including all parties, dinners, luncheons and red carpet events. Almost a local, Bonya lives in Monaco, which makes Cannes and all its contents easily accessible to her. Always in service of promoting fashion designers and brands, Bonya has showcased dresses by Georges Hobeika, Bella Potemkina and Joao Rolo on various red carpet premieres. Former partner of billionaire Alex Smurfit, Bonya herself is a successful model, actress and TV host. Starting her career in early 2000s, Victoria is today one of the most popular and well known faces in Russia. With 6 million followers on social media, her advice on fashion, beauty, fitness and nutrition is gladly received by girls and women all over the world. As an extension of that, Bonya also started her own classes and seminars for women regarding emotional and spiritual health, helping her students take control of themselves and their lives. A mother of six year old Angelina, Krasnokamensk native Victoria is without a doubt one of the most stylish Slavic ladies in Cannes.