Valentina Zelyaeva (Zeliaeva) (b. October 11, 1982 in Moscow, Russia) is a Russian model.
Valentina has appeared in runway shows for Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci and Valentino, among many others.
Valentina has been featured in print advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and Calvin Klein. She has signed a seven year deal with Ralph Lauren, appearing in several high-profile campaigns for the designer.
She has appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue (magazine) and Harper's Bazaar.
"I think it's discrimination (to ban underweight models). We are skinny, this is our work. There are lots of overweight people working in offices but I'm not going to say 'This girl is fat, she can't work in an office'", in response to a proposal to ban underweight models from Milan Fashion Week.
In July 2008, Valentina and her fiance revealed to family and friends that the model is expecting a child in February 2009. It is yet to be confirmed.
|Date of birth||October 11, 1982 (1982-10-11)|
|Place of birth||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)|
|Measurements||33.5-24-35.5 (US), 85-61-90 (EU)|
|Dress size||4 (US)|
|Shoe size||8 (US)|