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Kristina Pimenova

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Kristina Pimenova (Russian: Кристина Пименова, born 27 December 2005 in Moscow)[2] is a popular Russian child model, working with fashion houses around the world,[3] and actress. She is the daughter of football player and analyst Ruslan Pimenov and economist[4] Glikeriya Shirokova.

With symmetrical features, 'bottomless grey-blue eyes' and lavish long hair,[5] Pimenova has been called 'the most beautiful girl in the world' since age eight, and has attracted millions of followers on the social media.[6] In some pictures, however, she looks too sexy for her age, according to public comments.[7]

Originally managed by her mother, Pimenova signed a contract with L.A. Models in 2016 after moving with her mother from Moscow to the celebrity town of Calabasas in California. According to Glikeriya Pimenova, the United States offered better opportunities for her daughter's career than Russia.[8]

Early years

Pimenova started modelling before her fourth birthday.[5] Several brands that she worked for at an early age are Armani, Benetton, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Fendi, Ermanno Scervino.[4] She featured in advertising campaigns for Roberto Cavalli Junior en Armani Junior.[5][9][10]

From the age of 5 Pimenova performed in various Russian TV shows for children, including Disney Channel.[11]

Pimenova was photographed for Papier Mache Magazine (March 2015) and Elle Kids Russia (April 2015).[12] In July 2015 she featured in a Vogue Italia editorial. In August 2015, she appeared on Mezamashi TV when she attended Kids-Tokei in Nagoya, Japan.[11]

In Moscow Kristina practiced rhythmic gymnastics, trained by former world champion Olga Kapranova.[11] In 2013, she competed in a gymnastics tournament in Tatarstan, organized by Alina Kabaeva.[9] She won one gold medal in her age group.[3]

Career

Model

September 2015, Pimenova moved to Calabasas, California with her mother.[8] Since February 2016, she is represented by L.A. Models (Los Angeles) and its sister agency N.Y. Models (New York).[13][14] Judged to be an artist with an extraordinary ability, she was granted a work visa.[15]

Under contract, she has worked as a fashion model for a variety of brands such as Guess Kids, Hayden Girls,[11] H&M Kids, Levi's, Ralph Lauren,[16], C&A, Claire's, Equestria Girls, Forever 21, Gap Kids, The Children's Place.

Pimenova appeared in Numéro Russia (April 2016), Vogue Bambini (May 2016) and InStyle Russia (May 2017). She was interviewed for Posh Kids Magazine (November 2016)[17] and Marie Claire Mexico (April 2017)[16]

A documentary about Pimenova aired on RTL Television in October 2016.[8] She remained active for Kids-Tokei, flying to Guilin, China in November 2016.

June 2017, Pimenova co-hosted the Top Mini Models show in the Mercury City Tower in Moscow, broadcasted later in 2017 by the World Fashion Channel.[18]

Kristina Pimenova in The Russian Bride, with director Michael S. Ojeda and co-star Oksana Orlan

Actress

Pimenova played a post-production part as a singing child in the Italian fantasy film Creators: The Past.[19] In her interviews for Elle Kids Russia and Posh Kids Magazine, she expressed her wish to become a professional actress and film director.[17] She has been cast for the role of Dasha in Michael S. Ojeda's upcoming film The Russian Bride, a horror thriller, co-starring with Corbin Bernsen and Oksana Orlan. A 3-minute promotional trailer was published on January 18, 2017.[11] Production on location took place March 2017, in Michigan.[20]

Personal life

Kristina Pimenova is the daughter of ex-football player Ruslan Pimenov and Glikeriya Shirokova, who studied international corporate finance. One of the teams that Pimenov played for is FC Metz.[9]

Pimenova was born in Moscow, but lived in France with her parents until at the age of three the family returned to Dedovsk, a Moscow suburb. She has an older half-sister, who went to a private school in the United Kingdom.[2][9] When Pimenova moved to California with her mother in 2015, her father stayed behind in Russia.[8]

Despite her work as a model and moving to a new country, Pimenova has not fallen behind with her education[8] She prefers wearing comfortable clothes, reading books, and playing outside with the neighbourhood children after school.[17] Pimenova considers herself an ordinary girl, and is an avid fan of Harry Potter.[16]

Controversy

At the age of 10, Pimenova had 1.6 million followers on Instagram,[8] and nearly 4 million on her Facebook page,[13] both social media presences managed by her mother.[21] A successful child model, in high demand,[3] Pimenova has been called supermodel and 'the most beautiful girl in the world'.[21]

Critics maintain that some of Pimenova's pictures show adult poses,[7] are sexual and attract paedophiles.[21] Portraits in 'very short skirts and dresses' incite a flood of sarcastic comments.[5] Glikeriya Pimenova denies that some of Kristina's photos are provocative, or that she is exploiting her daughter.[9] She is unhappy with the qualification of her daughter as most beautiful, and stresses that true beauty lies inside.[2][12] Pimenova only uses minimal make-up.[4][5] Modelling normally doesn't occur on school days, and according to Pimenova's agent at L.A. Models, requests that are inappropriate for her age get refused.[8]

Productions

Film

Title Year Role Director Notes
Creators: The Past[19] 2017 Singing child Piergiuseppe Zaia Film is in post-production
The Russian Bride[22] 2017 Dasha Michael S. Ojeda Film is in post-production

Video

Title Year Role Director Notes
Kristina Pimenova Kids-Tokei[23] 2015 Dancer Hiroki Ikeda
Shangri-la[24] 2017 Dancer Yoshiyuki Yabushita

Game

Title Year Role Developer Notes
Kristina Dress Up[25] 2015 Dress-up doll Sergey Kortikov (Buratino Labs) Game company disbanded later in 2015

Bibliography

  • Hoe Kristina Pimenova president van de wereld werd (2017)[26]

External links

References

References:
  1. "Kristina Pimenova", L.A. Models (retrieved 20170408)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Svetlana Samodelova, "Самая красивая девочка мира ходит в обычную московскую школу" (in Russian) ("The most beautiful girl of the world goes to a regular school in Moscow"), Moskovskij Komsomolets, 27 November 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Kristina Pimenova" (in Russian), Ragazza, 5 May 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Anna Kasyanova, "О самой красивой девочкe мира Кристине Пименовой" (in Russian) ("About the most beautiful girl of the world Kristina Pimenova"), Hello! Russia, 24 January 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Xenia Shipilova, "Кристина Пименова была признана самой красивой девочкой-моделью" (in Russian) ("Kristina Pimenova has been recognized as the most beautiful girl model"), Fashion Time, 3 December 2014
  6. Annabel Fenwick Elliott, "Too young to be a supermodel? Meet nine-year-old Kristina Pimenova, the controversial child fashion star dubbed 'the most beautiful girl in the world'", The Daily Mail, 27 November 2014 (note: actual age was 8)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lisa Zvonova, "9-летнюю российскую модель обвиняют в чрезмерной сексуальности" (in Russian) ("9-year-old Russian model accused of excessive sexuality"), Woman, 27 November 2014 (note: actual age was 8)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Bettina Von Schimmelmann, RTL Exclusiv Weekend (in German), RTL, 30 October 2016
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Will Stewart, "Mother of 'the world's most beautiful girl' defends 'provocative' pictures of her nine-year-old model daughter and says: 'You must be a pedophile to see sex in these pictures'", The Daily Mail, 5 December 2014 note: actual age was 8
  10. Lauren Tuck, "Is 8-Year-Old Kristina Pimenova the Most Beautiful Girl in the World?", Yahoo! Style, 8 December 2014 note: actual age was 8
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Kristina Pimenova - Professional YouTube Videos", EnewsOf (retrieved 20170418)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Кристина Пименова. О красоте, мировой славе, модельной карьере и детских мечтах" (in Russian) ("Kristina Pimenova. About beauty, world fame, model career and children's dreams"), Elle Kids Russia, 25 April 2015
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ashitha Nagesh, "This girl just landed a major modelling contract – but she’s only 10", Metro UK, 6 February 2016
  14. Kathleen Lee-Joe, "Top modelling agency signs a 10-year-old girl", Life & Style, 12 February 2016
  15. "Bernard P. Wolfsdorf Helps Model Kristina Pimenova Become One of the Youngest O-1 Visa Holders", Cision, 16 March 2016
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pamela Cortés, "Mini Supermodelos" (in Spanish) ("Mini Supermodels"), Marie Claire Mexico, April 2017
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Anny Mejia, "Kristina Pimenova, The Humble Little Supermodel", Posh Kids Magazine, 27 November 2016
  18. "Top Mini Models", World Fashion Channel, on Fridays, 2017
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Film actors", creatorsmovie.it (retrieved 20170418)
  20. Ogidius, "Filming of The Russian Bride to take place in March", Paraduin, 1 March 2017
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Simon Keegan, "Supermodel aged NINE called 'world's most beautiful girl' but critics say she's too young", Daily Mirror, 28 November 2014 note: actual age was 8
  22. "The Russian Bride", Reigning Entertainment (retrieved 20170418)
  23. "Kristina Pimenova Kids-Tokei", Kids-Tokei, August 2015
  24. "Shangri-la", Kids-Tokei, October 2017
  25. "Kristina Dress Up", Buratino Labs, 4 July 2015
  26. Gabriela Pol and Geert Vanspauwen, "Hoe Kristina Pimenova president van de wereld werd" (in Dutch) ("How Kristina Pimenova became president of the world"), ShopMyBook, 26 January 2017, ISBN 978-1-61627-205-0