How does your upbringing reflect in your style today?


I grew up in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.  During that time, imported goods from China were all you could buy.  So, I was educated on quality and creativity by my mom, who sewed all of my clothes.


She made this dark dress with huge shoulders for my first day of school– I was 7 years old and my hair was cut into a short bob. The other girls had braids… I felt so awkward, but now I realize how cool I looked!


Which pieces in your wardrobe do you cherish most?


I have this black leather vest that my father gave me when I was 14–  I only recently began to wear it. Actually, you caught me wearing it when you first photographed me!


How have you surprised yourself recently?


I adopted a huge hairless rat, and I absolutely love him! So many people are surprised and freaked out…


It is my second rat– the other one has curly hair. They are actually intelligent and loving pets. When I was a young girl, I bred hamsters and provided them to pet stores.


What led you to pursue music?


I ignored my Opera singing ability for years.  I realized that everything is given to us on purpose, like pieces of a puzzle; I cannot be happy if pieces are missing.


Perhaps singing in the Met one day is an ambitious desire, but it’s another piece of the puzzle


What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever worn?


A ballerina dress! I traveled by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow wearing it the whole time.


What do you build your daily look around?


I spend about 10 minutes getting dressed– a men’s Helmut Lang cashmere sweater has been my starting point lately.


My new favorite is a long sheer vintage dress; a gift from my girlfriend that I will wear for my birthday. Long dresses are so feminine! I’ve also been wearing a pair of simple, classic Balenciaga boots like a uniform.


Favorite designer?


I would wear almost everything from Ann Demeulemeester’s latest collection, and Rick Owens’s silhouettes capture my imagination.  I like things that take me by surprise, like that red dress by Nicola Morgan from the Tension collection.


Never caught wearing?


I never wear heavy make-up– I don’t like how it changes my appearance.


What’s your skincare regimen like?


I use L’occitane moisturizers, Body Shop butter, and AHAVA skin replenisher.


I’m a real alchemist with skincare, and prefer essential oils. I add them everywhere, a special oil for every occasion; Patchouli, Neroli, ylang-ylang
 I strongly believe in detoxification using Ayurvedic herbs and oolong tea.


Which publications are your ‘must-reads’?


I have a soft spot for i-D, Dazed & Confused, Muse, Bullett, and Russh.


Favorite shops?


Opening Ceremony– Great concept, atmosphere, and selection of interesting pieces. I also like Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg for vintage.


How has New York influenced your look?


I became androgynous.  I actually feel like it was always me in the first place.  New York thrives on authenticity. I stripped away the layers and became more myself.


Who maintains your great haircut?


My hairstylist is a tremendous part of my look–  Russell of Tommy Guns Salon.  His whole salon is pure style.  It’s like getting your hair styled inside an old faded black-and-white photo


Most stylish city?


The city in which I live, the street style in New York is endlessly inspiring.


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  1. Stylosophism

    January 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    The first pic has a stunning b/w
    She wears party dress all day long!

  2. Anna

    January 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I think she has a very interesting story and the story of her first day at school is very sweet. Marusya is very inspirational.

  3. AndiCui

    January 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Her style is amazing!

    Love it so so much!

    And the maxi skirt…Gorgeous!

  4. Elena

    January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Interesting, powerful and beautiful woman!

  5. Kasidy

    January 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Very interesting! And the photos are wonderful – especially loving that second one.

  6. mrdavidPOP

    January 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    love this interview, she seems so real and so honest.

  7. Fashionum

    January 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    You know that your photos are just spectacular..nonetheless, can’t wait for new posts…like this one. Great as always.

  8. Marimorena

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Interesting woman! And great pics of course! The portrait is stunning!

  9. Domonique

    January 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    She doesn’t need to wear make-up what an absolute beauty!I adore her style and take on life.

  10. IRENE

    January 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    her story is interesting,
    im really liking this style profiles:)

  11. Anna Louisa

    January 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    her style is so strong and androgynous…I’d actually love to see her in the ballerina dress she talks about!

  12. MAIALA

    January 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I’d love to see more of these kind of posts Scott! xx
    Twitter: @mai_ala

  13. Girlie Blogger

    January 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Interesting. I grew up in China and all we had was important Russian goods.

    Glad to see that your style has evolved through exercising creativity.

  14. Margherita

    January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Really interesting interview!

  15. Leira Zetroc

    January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    So that’s who wore that stunning all-black ensemble! FĂ©roce!

  16. Mariatru

    January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hah! So nice to see someone form homeland. I understand completely how she felt during her first day at school. )) And it is nice when one can dress in a way so he or she feels more like oneself: that is a gift of big cicities. Good to know there are people who don’t like make-up.

    From Russsia with love. XXX

  17. Mallika

    January 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! Love the interview!

    x Mallika

  18. Candice @ NotesFromABroad

    January 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Look at those bones ! She doesn’t need make up and her hair is perfect.
    I completely relate to her wearing black all the time, I no longer live in NY but it stayed with me, even in Buenos Aires :)
    chau ~

  19. Dani

    January 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    My family left Russian when I was about 6 and I can honestly say it’s been a huge influence on my personal style… I guess we have a deep conection to our roots whether we like it or not.

    I admire the opening image of this post, you really captured Marusya’s open gaze, shappo…

  20. Charlotte Wilder

    January 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Those black pants are to die for. I just did a post on how I’m obsessed with wide leg pants…ugh, I want!

  21. Bohemian Style

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    So pretty. Fun Interview.

  22. Joakim

    January 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Interesting reading!
    WebbyrÄ Göteborg

  23. oliver

    January 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    She’s stunning and not afraid to be an individual!

  24. Natalie

    January 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  25. ADJ

    January 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    She has some great insights about fashion and style. I love that her perspective is unique.

  26. YP

    January 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    what an interesting and stylish woman. she makes me proud to represent Russian style in NY.

    as we say “krasavitsa”

  27. Matina

    January 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    always love reading these little interviews! she’s beautiful.

  28. Supal {chevrons and eclairs}

    January 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Seriously, her skin is vibrant! She does a great job with her regimen and will have to purchase all three of her products. I think a person’s experience and history really tells you about their personality and style. What a fantastic profile. I loved this one!

  29. anonymous

    January 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I love these posts of style profiles, I learn so much from them. These are truly stylish women who are sharing their secrets with us, which makes me feel like I’m privileged to hear it, kind of like getting together with your friends and finding out the goods.

  30. CristiĂĄn Pavez DĂ­az

    January 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The b&w pic has a whole mysterious thing going on. Very different from the one below, in which she seems harsh and cold. Anyway, I liked both! Congrats!

    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  31. melissa

    January 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

    The Russians are the most amazing dressers!!!!!!!!!


  32. petrichore

    January 10, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I want to hear more about her music career!

    minima/maxima, a blog about minimalist style

  33. Safari in Kenya

    January 10, 2012 at 2:33 am

    She looks great in the maxi skirt image.

  34. justine

    January 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

    what an amazing profile!! interesting, unique subject, great clothes… post more like this!

  35. tres chic

    January 10, 2012 at 3:15 am

    The part about Maria’s Mothers’ influence on her style was quite fun to read – my Ukrainian mother dressed me in padded shoulders, houndstooth, cashmere sweaters, and silk shorts for family portraits and church services. This is when we already lived in CA. I remember crying in one of the photos taken when I was 11 – the mature style made me feel so much older, and miserable! I didn’t know any better though. She would also spray my hair and volumize it – I looked so 60′s. I love that look now!

    oh times they are ‘a changin

  36. **NOVA**

    January 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I LOVE this style profile thing, please keep it going! It’s great to be able to make a match with the clothes to the personality

  37. Mica

    January 10, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Love the second photo with the maxi skirt and that amazing clutch!

  38. Bailey Ana

    January 10, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Beautiful!!! I love the long dress, she looks so elegant!

  39. Marina London

    January 10, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I love her way of thinking…pure and organic! I think she’d look gorgeous with a piece of jewellery though. A nice chunky piece to counterpoint her slender figure!

  40. lifeloveluxe

    January 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

    It’s so fabulous to see women (and men!) who embrace their own style and wear it fearlessly!!

  41. Martine

    January 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I love this interview. The story of her first day in school is intense. I totally see her looking pale with her dark hair in a bob, wearing a dark, sculptured, exaggerated shouldered dress, contrasting with the other girls who had long hair in braids, and wore bright, cheerful colors. FANTASTIC! It completely makes me see WEDNESDAY ADDAMS! Taddadadum*snap snap*… Very adorable. Of course the heirless/curly haired rat pets just completes the whole image.

  42. lilla

    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I love reading this stories!

  43. Mertxe Hernandez

    January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Beautiful and stylish.

  44. Karina

    January 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    right, so now any slim girl that doesn’t wear any heavy makeup and has her hair cut shorter than the shoulder length is considered to have androgynous style. Mr. Schuman, please.
    I love Marusya’s attitude, though. got to know her in Moscow a few years ago

  45. Liz

    January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    she reminds me so much of the young mia farrow

  46. Martha

    January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    “Long dresses are so feminine! ” I love that sentence! I am wearing them in summer and have two long skirts for winter and always feel very feminine wearing them.

  47. My style on clothes

    January 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Amazing interview!

  48. Annick

    January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love the new style profile features! I think they’re a great addition to the site; it’s always interesting to read about the history and methods behind people’s style. Keep them coming!

  49. antique engagement rings

    January 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    A wonderful interview….!

  50. Pam

    January 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Scott, the new addition of style profiles is genius! I look that much more forward to posts like these! Such fascinating read to get a insight behind the subjects.

  51. Margaux Brooke

    January 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    She is very beautiful and inspiring… she makes me want to reach for the stars!

    The LA Model

  52. clarity enhanced diamonds

    January 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    A great story!

  53. pedro

    January 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Simply F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!

  54. JTH

    January 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Any tips for a stellar stylist in Atlanta? Have been dissatisfied for years here…I’m jealous of your Tommy Guns.

  55. isabel marant store

    July 26, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I totally see her looking pale with her dark hair in a bob, wearing a dark, sculptured, exaggerated shouldered dress, contrasting with the other girls who had long hair in braids, and wore bright, cheerful colors. FANTASTIC!

  56. Isabel Marant Sneakers

    November 23, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I look that much more forward to posts like these! Such fascinating read to get a insight behind the subjects.

  57. Erik Ghent

    April 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    For his London Fashion Week collection, Chauhan has chosen to work with Bhagalpur silk. He is also using linen from there extensively for his other collections.

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