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Liliya Kalkamanova

Liliya Kalkamanova is a professional model who has been the star of runways, covers and campaigns. She was discovered in 2015 by Casta Model Management in Moscow, Russia and soon after signed her first international contract in Beijing, China. 

After spending time in Singapore, Milan and Hong Kong, Liliya is now based in New York City represented by EMG models. She has been featured on projects with Mako Szilveszter, Wella Professionals, Sebastian Pro, Davines North America, Project Runway USA, designer Erica Zaionts, Brunello Cucinelli, photographer  Caleb & Gladys, designer Oksana Fedorova, Romeo Hunte, Namilia, FIT NYC, Aliette, Seven Crash, Fashion Palette, Flying Solo and etc. 

Liliya was published in Vogue Russia and China, Harper’s Bazaar China, Elle Mexico, Allure, Essence, WWD, Imute magazine, Elite lifestyle, 7Hues, ASC fashion, Shuba, New Face, Faddy, Oops!, Haute Punch, Picton and other  magazines.


Moevir Magazine May Issue 2020 featured edition

[Liliya Kalkamanova]

photo - Lara Arbatskaya @arbatskayalara

stylist - Alla Shahmatova @alla.shah 

stylist's assistant - Olya Murashova @o_murashova13

make up and hair- Asya Yureva @asya_yureva

model - Liliya Kalkamanova @liliyakalkamanova, agency- EMGmodels, NYC @emgmodels


Tell us something about you. Maybe your life, profession, habit, dream. 

Hello everyone! My name is Liliya and I am a professional model. Apart from living a healthy lifestyle, I love connecting with my spiritual side. 

What makes you choose this profession?

When I was a kid, I wrote in my diary that I wanted to become a model and a singer. Nevertheless, I went to a more practical field of law and worked for the immigration police. That being said, I never forgot my artistic, creative side. I couldn’t pass down the opportunity to start a new career as a model. I can’t exactly explain what inspired this change, but it came from a deep desire to change my life.

If you have a superpower or talent, which one do you wish to have? Why?

If I could have a superpower, it would be the power of transformation. As a model, it would be amazing to change your look from day to day. It would be amazing to have short hair and blue eyes one day and curly hair on a curvaceous body the next! 

Do you have any problem with your profession? How did you solve it?

The problem with the modeling industry is everyone’s relationship with food. My biggest weakness is dessert. That being said, while I do love my sweets, having them in moderation combined with a healthy lifestyle is the easiest solution. 

No matter if you’re an athlete, model or just a regular desk worker, we owe it to ourselves to protect our bodies for a long life. You don’t even have to lift weights at the gym! A healthy lifestyle could be as simple as going for a long, slow walk outside with your friend or loved one!

In modern society, lots of people want to be famous, influential. What do you think about it?

I think it’s great that technological innovation has made it possible for people with different views and opinions to be able to share and engage with others. While social media is definitely not perfect (as much as everyone’s feeds would like to portray), it is an important way to connect, share and expand their horizons. 

People become famous or influencers when they (for sometimes right and wrong reasons) capture and represent the underlying psychology of our modern culture.

To become famous, what kind of qualities do you think the person should have?

I think a lot of people would say beauty, wealth, athletic abilities… but I think to become famous you need to have a point of view. Our society is changing so quickly where – and you can see it even in modelling – we are embracing the signs of imperfections as compared against traditional notions of beauty. 

To be famous is to have a voice or platform that’s followed especially in the Instagram age!

What are the most difficulties during your shoots?

Modelling is a materialistic business. Unsurprisingly, some of the difficulties that come with being a model are more materialistic in nature. Of course, you have your shoots, sometimes they aren’t the most comfortable but these difficulties are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

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