New Model Army – Glass meets Alina Kozyrka

Glass talks to the 16-year-old Ukrainian model Alina Kozyrka who is represented by Profile Model Management in London where she is now based.

How did you become a model?
Tetyana Makushenko – the director of Sharm Model Management discovered me in a gym when I was 13. She convinced me that I have potential as a model and could become successful in this field.

Who is your favourite designer?
Versace. I like the line for its elegance, the sense of feeling refined when you wear the clothes or use he perfumes  of this  brand. I consider  myself very elegant so Versace is exactly my  style, the  clothes  and  accessories suit me anywhere I am.

IMG_2030Alina Kozyrka. Photograph: Justin van Vliet

What do you wear on your days off?
Despite my love of elegance and luxury, I am a person who sometimes needs time to be alone and have a rest from everyone and everything. The rest means wearing very simple things like sneakers, jeans and tops which  make me unnoticeable and allows me to mingle with the crowd.

What book, movie or song means the most to you?
Hachi. I  like this story because it teaches us about humanity and loyalty  – the  notions we sometimes forget about when dealing with each other. This dog is an example of how to be loyal, caring and merciful. To believe  in the good things which exist in this world despite its harshness and love of material things.

IMG_2015Alina Kozyrka. Photograph: Justin van Vliet

Who are your heroes in life?
My hero is me. Joking. Actually,  I am too young to say for sure. But in  general it is people who bring the  light of kindness and mercy to this life. I like people who can show by their own example that spirit is more important than material  dimension and when you learn the lesson on how to give, you will get what you want in this life.

What is your present state of mind? 
In  most ways, I am a career-oriented girl and now I think about how to achieve more in modelling. I have reached a certain level but I know that it is bad to stop at some point of success. It is necessary to move further to the top.

IMG_2059Alina Kozyrka. Photograph: Justin van Vliet

What is your idea of happiness?
Every  person  has  their own notion of happiness. I am  young and I am exploring the world and people around  me so maybe I can give exact answer when I open a Versace show in London and front a lot of advertising campaigns for them. I think I would be a perfect face for them.

How would you like to be perceived by others?
I want people to think that I am a kind and  hardworking  girl with great potential in modelling. It might help me to get some more modelling jobs.

IMG_2060Alina Kozyrka. Photograph: Justin van Vliet

If you were not a model, what would you be?
A teacher of  English. I  like communicating with  people and share my  knowledge. I want more people to  explore the world and the versatility of foreign languages. English, first of all, is a must for it.

What advice do you have for other models?
Despite the fact that I have achieved a good level in modeling, I understand that I have a lot of things to learn. So I would advise beginner models to learn more. Learn how to pose, listen to style tips and other useful  information our agency bookers give you.

IMG_1920Alina Kozyrka. Photograph: Justin van Vliet

And the most important thing is to understand that if you are invited to a foreign agency, the booker sees some potential and they will do all their best to develop this potential and work for your future. If  I can say it in a few words – don’t think that you are a superstar when you need to learn a lot of things.

by Justin van Vliet

All images by Justin van Vliet

Alina is on twitter here