While living in Moscow and training to become a professional ice skater, Eugenia Kuzmina was only 13 when she was cast in a runway show alongside model icons Carla Bruni and Naomi Campbell. Before long, she was modeling for top designers such as Cartier, Armani, and Max Mara, to name a few.
This statuesque blonde worked on print campaigns including L’Oreal, Dior, Lancaster Cosmetics, and a JC Penney campaign that included a giant billboard ad of Eugenia towering over Time Square. In magazines, she appeared on the covers and in the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, W, Elle, Glamour, and countless other publications.
Eugenia had no trouble transitioning from the fashion runway to Hollywood’s silver screen. TV appearances have included the hit show True Blood, FOX’s New Girl, and ABC’s Castle, while recently she worked on the feature films, Fading Gigolo where she plays opposite John Turturro and Fury, starring Brad Pitt.
A flaxen bombshell with a quick wit, Eugenia also enjoys performing her stand-up routine. A great stress release, she pokes fun at the modeling and acting industries, and herself, while appearing at comedy clubs like Flappers in Burbank.
Today, Eugenia continues her work in acting, stand-up and modeling while residing in Los Angeles with Bill Block, her film producer husband and their three children. In her free time she rides a motorcycle and stays fit by practicing karate and krav maga, which she describes as meditative self-defense disciplines and an instinct-sharpening workout.
Eugenia’s beauty regime makes use of the healing and moisturizing benefits of olive oil while her diet is centered on the Eat Right for Your Type diet, which encourages people to eat certain foods and avoid others based on their blood type. She also takes at least five minutes to herself before bed to write in a journal and reflect on her day.
When asked her secret for balancing everything, Eugenia replied, “I feel there’s too much pressure to have it all, to be the perfect image of a parent and a person who follows their passion. I believe you have to be able to ask for help, embrace imperfection, make mistakes, laugh at yourself, and enjoy the process.”
“It’s not easy when life is so fast-paced, but I try to make a conscious effort to be present in what I’m doing at the time. I try not to text when I’m with my kids, and if I need to read a script or go on set, I have a person I trust watch my kids, ” she continues.
Eugenia summed up, “My advice to other working moms is to find the humor in every situation, praise yourself when you can and follow your heart in whatever you do!”
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Allen Carrasco