A quiet and seemingly peaceful town on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, Mykolaiv is the main ship building center of the country, as it is also an important transportation junction of Ukraine.
With a population of close to 500,000, the shipbuilding center has long been an area of significant transportation importance since being founded in 1789.
How an individual goes from a small town on the Black Sea to The Bay is a whole other matter, but for one to make a 6,387 mile-journey to America like San Jose-based fashion and fitness model Anya Petrychenko is a special kind of story all it’s own.
The 5’8 blond-haired long-legged Ukrainian stunner, who has been in the United States for three years, has modeled for the likes of San Jose-based custom fashion and accessory brand Zelenco and appeared in various fashion, bikini and fitness campaigns.
Below is my Q and A with Mrs. Petrychenko as we discuss fashion, fitness, athleisure and how to look and stay your best this winter and spring!
Name: Anya Petrychenko
Height: 5′ 8
Birthplace: Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Residence: San Jose, California
Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself?
Anya Petrychenko: “I’m a fitness model, I also enjoy doing runway shows, glamour and bikini shoots.”
Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?
Anya Petrychenko: “I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I model for local brands. The most memorable collaboration was with Zelenco, a European, modern style with embroidery. They work with natural fabrics, linen, wool, silk. What I lovely the most from this brand are their cocktail and evening dresses.”
Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
Anya Petrychenko: “It could be a beach, I’m absolutely crazy about open space, blue water, sun, breeze and warm water, but I live in the northern part of California. When I’m about to start enjoying all of the features of the beach, the chilling wave of the Pacific rolls over me.
At this point, I dream about shooting at places with warmer water. Hawaii or Thailand sound very romantic and matches this goal.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?
Anya Petrychenko: “For me, it’s a chance to play many different roles. One day I’m a femme fatale wearing a glamorous cocktail dress, the next day I’m a cowgirl riding a horse in the country setting. It’s fun and refreshing to impersonate various characters.”
Robert D. Cobb: With winter now here and spring around the corner, what fashion and workout tips do you recommend?
Anya Petrychenko: “Spring is a beautiful and inspiring time for any type of outdoor activity. Go out and join to awaking nature. Hiking, cycling or even slow walking on the fresh air mobilize resources of your body.”
Robert D. Cobb: Any style tips for women that you wish to pass on?
Anya Petrychenko: “Don’t hide your personality, be brave and sincere. Show the world who you are. Don’t hesitate to experiment. No body is perfect, but everybody is unique.”
Robert D. Cobb: Fashion or fitness fad, what is your opinion of athleisure?
Anya Petrychenko: “No-no-no!!! I love high quality sport outfits, but in my opinion, you can wear it just for sport activities. No leopard yoga pants for casual!!!”
Robert D. Cobb: Describe your workout routine?
Anya Petrychenko: “I use “intuitive approach”. This method involves dynamic planning of each particular work out based on my current conditions and goals”
Robert D. Cobb: What’s the best way to stay motivated during the colder months?
Anya Petrychenko: “Relax! Winter months are the natural time when your body tends to reduce activities and increase nutrients and intakes. If you’re able to keep at least some level of physical activity, good for you!!!”
Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
Anya Petrychenko: “I see myself more is a health and fitness model. So, one of my main sources of inspiration is Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?
Anya Petrychenko: “There is no secret. Healthy food and daily workout.”
Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?
Anya Petrychenko: “I’m a bike rider. I also like cooking. Eating healthy can be tricky. So I proud that I can prepare dozens of different dishes with chicken breasts.”
Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?
Anya Petrychenko: “I like my local San Jose Sharks.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is your favorite cities to travel to?
Anya Petrychenko: “I have European roots, so I love driving all over Europe! The cities are so interesting and different, so I can’t choose one. If I had to, it would be Barcelona.”
Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?
Anya Petrychenko: “Be ready to work hard and don’t miss any opportunity. Get to know people in industry around you. Do volunteer work to build your portfolio. Good luck!”
Special thanks to Mrs. Anya Petrychenko for her time and assistance during the Q and A. All Images are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.