"Green Eyes Never Lie"
L'Officiel India|September 2021
Apart from being a strong, opinionated woman, Kira Dikhtyar, our cover star is fit and in shape as well. Here, you can find some of her inspiring words that make her who she is.
AYUSHI SINGH

Dress: Argenis New York

Earrings: Riina Mettas Jewelry

Robe: TRBROWN

I set goals for myself and follow the appropriate steps to achieve them. Kira Dikhtyar is a sought-after supermodel, cover girl, former participant in Naomi Campbell's The Face show, actress, UN ambassador, and a mother. Today, we will learn more about her many roles and how she's able to manage them all for success.

Kimono: Labentine

Pants: NL

Earrings: Solomeina

Bracelet: Solomeina

Bag: Tayana Rocaille

Shoes: Kamica Hampton

“I LEARNED THAT THE KEY TO MY SUCCESS WAS PERSISTENCE: TO JUST KEEP GOING. IF IT DIDN’T WORK 99 TIMES, I WOULD STILL TRY AGAIN THE 100TH TIME!”

Dress: Vincent Licari

Necklace and Earrings: Riina Mettas Jewelry

Shoes decoration: SSY Designs

Ring: Bisoulovely

Shoes: Prada

Would you like to tell us about your journey from Russia to being a top international model?

Unlike many girls, I never dreamed of becoming a model. As a child, I was very involved in rhythmic gymnastics, which is one of the most beautiful and popular sports in Russia. So, when I stopped performing gymnastics myself, my dream was to become a coach. Unfortunately, my parents had a different idea for my future. As an A+ student, I was easily accepted to Moscow State University. However, my plans were very different. I applied for a Visa to go to the United States and got approved! When I arrived in the USA, it was not like the dream I had in mind. It was pretty difficult at first. I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know anybody and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. But, despite those difficulties, for some reason, I knew I wanted to stay in NYC.

It all started one evening when I was having dinner with a friend at the Nello restaurant. A woman who was sitting nearby came up to me. She said that I had a unique look and that I should try my hand at modelling. The next day, I was introduced to Click Model Management and one of the bookers there told me that I had the look of a 1920s movie star. They told me they wanted to sign me and I decided to give it a try. Believe it or not, within two weeks I was already working with Bruce Weber and I realized that I enjoyed the modelling industry and that it could be my job for years to come.

That was only the beginning of my journey. I set a goal for myself and followed every step needed to achieve it. I went to auditions, took part in shows, starred in various publications. In short, I did everything to be the best model I could be.

A journey like yours is not an easy one. What was your biggest inspiration behind it?

I'll give you a quote from Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and miss. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

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