I have a soft spot for funny ladies (and multitaskers for that matter), and it certainly doesn't hurt when they've got looks worthy of a Saint Laurent runway. Meet Eugenia Kuzmina, the Russian mom slash model slash actress slash comedienne. Oh and by the way, she's fluent in French, Russian and Portuguese. I'd say this beauty's got some brains too.
Eugenia Kuzmina was born in Russia and raised in Siberia. The daughter of a scientist, she realized the limitations for a young girl growing up in this part of the world and dreamed about breaking out of the confinements of her small town and experiencing the world.
A chance encounter with a Russian fashion designer would soon help Eugenia realize her dreams. At an early age, she was off to international cities like Paris, Tokyo, Milan and New York. Her first runway show for legendary designer, Yves St. Laurent had Eugenia sharing the catwalk with icons, Carla Bruni and Naomi Campbell. Soon work would follow with designers like Armani, Ungaro, Christopher Bailey, Guy Laroche, Max Mara, Carlos Miele, Lanvin, Hermes and Isabel Marant. Eugenia found herself on the covers and in the pages of magazines world-wide including Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, British GQ, W, Elle, Self, Shape, Nylon, Genlux, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar and others.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Eugenia has turned her attention to acting and comedy. She was recently seen opposite Lisa Kudrow on HBO's The Comeback and opposite John Turturro in the feature, Fading Gigolo. She has upcoming roles in the feature films, The Family Fang opposite Christopher Walken, Rock The Kasbah opposite Bill Murray and in Dirty Grandpa opposite Zac Efron. Other past roles include spots on television's Castle, New Girl, Blue Bloods, Blue Collar and True Blood. On the comedy scene, Eugenia is a regular stand-up performer at the Sunset Strip's famed Comedy Store.
Unbuttoned with Eugenia Kuzmina
Style icon: Diane Keaton
Favorite heroine: Mata Hari
Dream lunch date: Seth Rogen
Favorite cliché: It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring
Personal motto: The moment is now
Idea that changed your life: You're responsible for your own happiness
Always trying to improve: The life of all kids and health conditions in impoverished countries
Most envious of: Birds. They see things from different perspectives
Most inspired by: People who are passionate, courageous and true to themselves
Fashion item you would ban: I believe in self expression and wouldn't ban anything
Favorite piece in your wardrobe: Louboutin heels
Biggest extravagance: Beautiful lingerie
Can’t bare to spend on: All inclusive vacations. Life is for experiencing everything
Irrational fear of: Small space
Brains or beauty: Heart
Audrey or Katharine Hepburn: Audrey
Jennifer Lopez or Lawrence: Lawrence
Diamonds or pearls: Diamonds and gemstones
Editor's note: Eugenia, this is hands-down the best response to the "brains or beauty" question I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing this with us.