Kirill, how have you got into ballet?
For the company with a neighbour girl, we practiced dancing and step. When I was at the 4th grade, the representatives of Belorussian state choreographic college came to watch the children. To answer the question “who have ever practiced dancing?”- I raised my hand. I was called to the board, they looked at me and took my mother’s phone number. They called us almost immediately. I counted the time to reach the college from my home – 1.5 hour – and we together with my parents decided it was too long, we decided not to enter. They didn’t stop calling, even when the admission period was over. They called every day. Finally, we came to the additional admission in August, although I told I wouldn’t dance in body stockings, but my mother promised me a gift. And finally they took me.
What did happen further?
Quietly, I studied in Belorussia, but learned more and more about Vaganova Academy. Step by step the desire to study there appeared. Once Vladimir Vasiliev came to us to stage the ballet Anyuta. I was performing Anyuta’s brothers. At the rehearsals Vladimir gave me advice to change the school. I tried and made a transfer at the 3d grade to St. Petersburg. My parents knew nothing while the transfer was confirmed.
You say “they have noticed me”. And what was your attitude towards ballet and dance? What hobby did you have in childhood?
Previously I didn’t want to dance. In my childhood I liked painting, I went to the art studio and demonstrated success – I took the prizes in junior competitions of Belorussia. I wanted to become an artist.
Do you paint now?
Yes, I do paint a lot. The painting for me is a kind of relaxing.
And what is the model business for you?
Mostly, a way to earn money. It’s not even a hobby. I was fully self-supporting at the Academy owing modeling.
So, you didn’t get any pleasure?
Both, yes and no. After all, the artists are vain by their nature, we need attention and the model career gave me that attention. However, the world of fashion exits under its own rules and principles, it’s not that easy.
When have you got your first experience as a model?
I was fifteen, when Gosha Rubchinskiy wrote me on Instagram and invited for American magazine shooting. First, I agreed, then refused. I haven’t even known who is Gosha Rubchinskiy. After a year he invited me for British Vogue shooting. The shooting took place and after I met my agent Yulya Shavyrina, the director of Avant agency.
Tell us please about the shooting with Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Russia cover.
I was very lucky to work with Patrick, because half year after Conde Nast broke off the partnership with him. I was in Paris for the fashion week, when I was told that we will shoot the cover for Vogue Russia. That was my first modeling season, and I didn’t represent anything of myself. It was even harder to believe that I would get on the camera of Patrick Demarchelier. The joint work went easily. Very nice elderly man, like a grandpa, with a perfect sense of humour. I am very glad that I’ve got a chance to connect with such a personality.