Sasha Pivovarova was born in Moscow, Russia. As a child, she always dreamt of becoming a movie star or an artist. She started taking art classes at age six, and then went on to study art history at the Russian State University for Humanities. The art program was well suited for Sasha as it drew her closer to her interest in Expressionism, Symbolism and Post Expressionism.
Sasha began modeling in February 2005 when a photographer friend from New York introduced her to IMG. Two weeks later she opened the Prada show in Milan. Within just one year of modeling, she had appeared on the cover of two issues of Italian Vogue. She still consistently appears in the most prestigious fashion magazines, including Vogue (American, Italian, French, British, Japanese, Chinese), W, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, POP, Self Service, V and Numéro. She has worked with renowned photographers Steven Meisel, Peter Lindberg, Michael Thompson, Mario Sorrenti, Nathaniel Goldberg, Craig McDean, Inez & Vinoodh and Paolo Roversi.
In addition to starring in campaigns for Tiffany and Co, John Galliano, Longchamp, the Gap, Pringle of Scotland, H&M, Miu Miu, Just Cavalli, Rag & Bone, HUGO by Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture Fragrance, and Alberta Ferretti, Sasha also maintained one of the longest running Prada exclusives, which lasted 7 seasons. She is currently featured in campaigns for Dsquared2’s fall/winter 2017, shot by Inez and Vinoodh, as well as Shiseido’s 2017 beauty campaign.
Sasha has walked the runway for top designers including Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Miu Miu, Hermes, Kenzo, Victor & Rolf, Dolce & Gabanna, Balenciaga, Zac Pozen, Fendi and Yohji Yamamoto.
Through her modelling, Sasha travels extensively and loves getting to visit local museums, exhibitions and studios of her artistic friends. She uses her free time to paint and is particularly interested in Symbolism referencing Gaston Bussiere, Odilon Redon and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Sasha’s paintings have been displayed in galleries in Paris and have been published in French Vogue.
Her husband, Igor Visnyakov, continues to be a source of her work and inspiration. Together they share ideas and explore creative direction and Sasha has posed for him since they first met in 2005. In May of 2012, their daughter Mia Isis was born.
Most recently, Sasha designed a well-received capsule collection with cult denim brand Frame. The four-piece collection features items embellished with Sasha’s botanical illustrations. Sasha also starred alongside Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the time-traveling thriller, “In Time.”
31 December 1969
Photography Mark Borthwick | Styling Carlos Nazario