10 things you need to know about lia and odette pavlova
As they star in the Gucci pre-fall 16 and Pucci spring/summer 16 campaign respectively, get to know model duo Lia and Odette Pavlova.
Photography Daniel Jackson, Fashion Director Alastair McKimm
Identical twins, Lia and Odette Pavlova can finish each other's sentences and read each other's mind. Born in the city of Pskov, in Western Russia, they exploded onto the scene this season when they walked a combined total of 133 shows, 6 of which they opened and 5 of which they closed. Discovered five years ago - Lia in the supermarket and Odette just outside it - the twins have been carving out a name for themselves ever since. Although thick as thieves (they're both Tauruses, after all), when it comes to their careers, the pair prefer to operate independently and are signed to different agencies. Currently starring in the Gucci Pre-Fall 16 and Pucci spring/summer 16 campaign respectively, Lia and Odette's star shines ever brighter. Here are 10 things you need to know about them.
1. They have that twin thing going on…
L: We can understand each other without words...it's funny.
O: I'm a firm believer in telepathy. We often can feel when something significant has happened to the other one of us and speak and think in the same time. We've even been known to get sick at the same time. Sometimes being a twin can be strange because no one can explain the working relationship between us - it's cool.
2. They give very good advice…
L: Do not give up. Keep doing everything as best as you can and try to always look good and be yourself.
O: Believe in yourself, be tolerant and be kind to everyone you work with. Be individual and celebrate your individuality. Be strong and ready to face difficulties. Always be thankful for everything.
3. They didn't always want to be models…
L: I wanted to be an accountant… now everything has changed.
O: I always knew I was a creative person but couldn't put my finger on exactly what I wanted to do.
4. They would describe each other as….
O: Big eyes!
5. This is who would play them in a movie…
L: I think Odette should play me because she knows everything about me and my life already.
O: I'll answer when somebody decides to make the film!
6. They're really into music…
O: I love Placebo, Leni and Begin the End are my favourite songs.
L: When I was a child and our mum got me ready for bed, I was always listening to this band called Enigma, it's really beautiful, it's a good soundtrack to falling asleep.
What advice would you give to young girls lacking in confidence, who want to follow in your footsteps?
L: Don't give up. Keep doing everything as best as you can and be yourself.
O: Believe in yourself, be tolerant and be kind to everyone you work with. Be an individual and celebrate your individuality. Be strong and ready to face difficulties. Always be thankful for everything.
8. They're actually not as similar as you think…
L: We have different characters I think.
O: We're used to people thinking that because we're twins we're exactly the same, but we don't mind that!
9. Their ultimate girl gang would include…
O: Our mum!
L: Of course.
10. They've got some pretty big dreams…
L: I want just simple things; happiness and love.
O: My dream for the future is to keep following the goals I have set for myself. To keep working in the fashion industry, doing what I love, and to know that my family are happy and healthy.
Text Tish Weinstock
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