Irina Pantaeva, the first Asian to become one of the original group of supermodel

celebrities, is also known as an actress, a published author, a filmmaker, and a devout

student of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. A stunning exotic beauty, she is graceful,

compassionate, caring, intelligent and very talented. Born into a family of artists,

shamans and Buddhist monks on the banks of the Sacred Lake Baikal in Siberia,

Russia, Irina inherited a love for the arts and a fascination for the forces of Nature. Irina

is a person of great integrity who presently combines her experience and studies in

fashion with environmental issues to create new ideas and develop unique projects.

She is passionately involved in protecting and preserving indigenous cultures, traditions,

and Earth’s natural resources. Irina is currently developing a sustainable, ethical fashion

accessory and clothing line in collaboration with indigenous people which will create job

opportunities, stimulate economic growth, educate people and build a model of

recyclable, ecofriendly

ways of producing/manufacturing goods.




HAUTE COUTURE FASHION MODEL & MUSE with an impressive list of clients:

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Therry Mugler, Vivienne

Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Miller, Issey Miyake, Dior,

Galliano, Armani, Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui,

Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, A. Vittadini, Malan Breton, and more. Irina

became a muse for many legendary photographers like Irving Penn (for Issey Miyake

books), Richard Avedon (for a limited edition of Pirelli calendar), Steven Meisel, Peter

Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Gilles Bensimon,Victor Skrebenski,

Albert Watson, Tyen, George Holtz and she was featured on the covers and pages of

Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, W Magazine, Interview USA,

just to mention few. In 1996, Irina was one of the chosen supermodels presenting for

best costumes nomination at the 68th Academy Awards Ceremony.




Levis Jeans, AT&T, GAP, H&M (first international campaign), Missoni, Issey Miyake,

Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Moschino, Badgley Mischka, Saks Fifth

Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Target, Chico's,

Eileen Fisher.




Irina’s book, “SIBERIAN DREAM” (Avon Publishers), is about the improbable

adventures of a young Buryat girl in the fashion capitals of the world. The book has

been translated into 16 languages and has been published in 18 countries. Publishers

Weekly called the book “... delightful, moving and at times harrowing saga...” and Kirkus

Reviews wrote “Pantaeva … spins a fantastic biographical saga of an impressive store

of encounters. Though technically autobiography, Siberian Dream reads more like an

intriguing fairy tale.” Irina coproduced

a documentary, “SIBERIAN DREAM”, based on

her book which received the prestigious CINE GOLDEN EAGLE award.




MORTAL KOMBAT ANNIHILATION, #1 at the box office for two consecutive weeks

following its release, marked Irina's American film debut.

CELEBRITY directed by Woody Allen.

ZOOLAND with Ben Stiller.

PEOPLE I KNOW with Al Pacino.

AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME directed by Hardy Martins

THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN Superbowl episode with John Lithgow.

DON’T ASK original NBC pilot, costarred

with John Goodman and Anthony Lapaglia.

SPRING/FALL HBO pilot produced by Tea Leoni, costarred

with Sigourney Weaver,

Hope Davis, and Matt Letscher.

JEWTOPIA OffBroadway

play (three years run).

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM directed by David Kaplan, a multicultural

collaboration and production by the Buryat National Drama Theatre.

WATER 2: THE GREAT MYSTERY, documentary coordinator with Saida Medvedeva

and Dr. Masaru Emoto.




MONGOLIAN FAMILY TREE/ROOTS, Writer, Director, Producer of documentary film.

YOUNG VOICES OF THE WORLD, Writer, Director, Producer of documentary film.

ORIENTALLY YOURS, Actor, producer of a one woman stage play portraying the

legendary Anna May Wong (19051961),

the first Asian/American international movie





The “PEACE AMBASSADOR” title, received by Irina in the Miss World University

contest in 1990, was a start on her future path as she went on to became a connecting

link in many projects.


In 1998, Irina launched a JEWELRY COLLECTION " Irina's universe ", “Inspired by

the folklore and traditions of Siberia, she designated four fundamental concepts for her

first collection: Lotus, which represents an opening into the world as well as an

enclosing of the center of one’s being (the heart); Dragon, the guardian of cosmic

wisdom and the preserver of positive energy; the Four Elements of Earth, Water, Fire,

and Air; and Snowflakes and Icicles, which are reminiscent of her Siberian childhood.

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Irina helped the publishing and presentation of the TIBETAN MEDICINE book in NYC a

project that involved a diverse team including the History Museum of Buryatia. In


2004, she arranged the first US exhibition of a worldwide recognised Buryat sculptor

DASHI NAMDAKOV, whose works are inspired by Buddhist and shamanic mythology.



ISSUES (UNPFII), working with Dene, Navaho, Hopi, Mohack American Indian tribes

since 2004. She lead Buryat, Mongolian and Kalmik Buddhist communities during the

LONG LIFE PUDJA CEREMONY in Dharmsala, India,in 2008. Irina performed a

special HEALING WATER CEREMONY on Lake Baikal with Dr. Masaru Emoto, Dr.

Konstantin Korotkov, and other international scientists. Irina is synergizing with Institute

of Ecotechnics organization, founded by the legendary creator of Biosphere 2 and

sailing ship " Heraclitus," John Allen ( Me and the Biospheres publication).


Irina takes part and supports the RED DRESS COLLECTION Annual Fashion Show for

women and heart disease awareness since 2005.


In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Irina’s achievement, PURE FLOW H2O, held at

the National museum of Buryatia, together with a performance at the Buryat National

Drama Theatre, creatively introduced Irina’s passion to preserve Water on the planet. "

I am a Waterkeeper ! " she proclaims.


Irina actively participated in the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH 2014 in NYC, along with

Bill McKibben and, antifracking

organizations, Vivienne Westwood’s Climate

Revolution initiative (nearly 500,000 people marched in NYC).


In December 2014, Irina went to Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, to participate in the annual

Mongolian Fashion Festival Goyol 2015 and take first steps towards future

collaborations and initiate reunification amongst all Mongolian tribes. There she

received a special OUTSTANDING CULTURAL ACTIVIST Award of Mongolia.




“Not wanting to break the spell of the magic that Irina holds over us as a kind of


silent film star, but also wanting our readers to experience her as a person,

what follows is a glimpse into the spirit of one of the liveliest magazine actresses of our

newer, never silent era.” INTERVIEW magazine.


“With a look that ranges from impish to exotically elegant, she brightens the pages and

covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, W Magazine, Interview

USA, Irina became one of the 25 most intriguing people of the year.” PEOPLE

Magazine Special Double Issue.


“Irina is a special, unique girl who reflects what is now the rich fabric of American Life.

She is the Classic Levis girl” INDEPENDENT on Sunday


“Irina is so pretty, the more serious she looks, the more pretty she looks... She came

from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world... She is Inuit, an author, a

model and an activist her

focus is on precious water.Vivienne Westwood in her

Climate Revolution Diary