Off to Europe to record a new TV show … then NYC to shoot for Harper’s Bazaar … on to judge Miss Vietnam … while working on a TV show that she wrote with a friend … and a movie starring Sharon Stone.
Alyssandra Snows is going places.
In another day and age this half-Ukrainian, half-Italian, German naturalized Libran would definitely have launched a thousand ships. She won the 2003 Miss Germany crown when, after being asked which world leader she would you like to meet, she answered “Saddam Hussein.”
She then began active participation in Charity.org’s efforts to mitigate the sufferings of the Iraqi people and, invited by the Iraqi government, visited embargo-hit Iraq with a TV crew, to bring to the world a firsthand account of the faceless, nameless Iraqi people.
She started to model again in 2005 and in 2007, winning Top Model of Germany 2007 and Top Model of the World Award in 2008.
Interview with Alyssandra Snows
By James MacLean, Contributor
I met with Alyssandra at a photo-shoot by Frederik Marklund [main story photo and final photos in series above] in downtown Los Angeles at the historic Mayfair Motel (I fell in love with the hotel, which Alyssandra thought was crazy). Questions were asked between hair by Sabrina Sanchez, makeup by Henry Vasquez and outfit changes with stylist Bobby Reyes.
Q: What brings you LA?
The first time I came to Los Angeles I was 15 years old, to do my first pictures. I stayed in a motel in Hollywood for $36 a night, which was horrible, but which I loved for some reason. I fell in love with LA from the first moment on, and since then I’ve always wanted to move here, which I finally did a little more than a year ago.
I stayed in a motel in Hollywood for $36 a night, which was horrible, but which I loved for some reason.
Q: How do you like living in Los Angeles?
I still love it a lot! For many different reasons, but in large part for my work, of course. It’s the capital of the entertainment business and there are so many young talented artists here; it truly is the city of dreams.
I also loved the Lee Strasberg School; it was very intense, but such an incredible landmark. I’ve lived all over the world — Paris, Barcelona, London, Milan, Athens, Istanbul, Hong Kong — but LA feels like home. Home for the first time since Germany.
I loved the Lee Strasberg School. I’ve lived all over the world — Paris, Barcelona, London, Milan, Athens, Istanbul, Hong Kong — but LA feels like home.
Q: What are your favorite places here in LA?
Well there are a lot of great places to go out in LA, like lunch at Culina (chic) or Urth Cafe (casual). And dinner at Soho House, Il Picolino or Chateau Marmont is always a lot of fun.
But I also love sports, and there are so many active things to do here in LA! I love a short hike at Runyon Canyon or a longer Sunday hike at Escondido Falls in Malibu with beautiful waterfalls, and then lunch at the new Nobu in Malibu with an breathtaking view of the ocean.
Bicycling at the Santa Monica pier is so beautiful, too. I recently got into spinning, and found an amazing studio at 3rd Street called Aura Cycle. My absolutely favorite gym is The Bunker in Beverly Hills; they have amazing trainers! I want to add hot yoga to my workout program, so I’m trying a few studios now and waiting for Aura to open their studio on Sunset Plaza.
Q: Bring us up to date with a summary of your experience and latest projects.
I’m going to Europe this week to record a new TV show and then to NYC to shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, and then on to judge Miss Vietnam in Atlantic City. I’m also currently working on a TV show that I wrote with a friend called F*** Me; I wanna be famous! And I am working with my dear friend and an amazing director Gabriela Tagliavini on a movie about Catherine the Great starring Sharon Stone.
I’m going to Europe this week to record a new TV show and then to NYC to shoot for Harper’s Bazaar. I’m also currently working on a TV show that I wrote, and with Gabriela Tagliavini on a movie starring Sharon Stone.
Q: Do you still love modeling?
I’m more excited about acting now but I do still love modeling. I’ve been doing it since I was 15 but I’ve always wanted to be an actress. I actually only started modeling to be able to pay for my first acting school in Germany, but modeling turned out so well for me, I stuck with it.
I actually only started modeling to be able to pay for my first acting school in Germany.
Q: What was your strangest modeling project? What was your favorite / most enjoyable?
I think it’s a big rumor that modeling shoots are super-hard, or that you have to do strange things on them. Usually, when you model professionally, it’s a great team and an amazing location and everybody tries to make you comfortable.
Usually it’s more stressful because you have to travel every other day, always sleep in hotels, never see your family, and then there’s the jet lag. But I did have that one shoot [first picture in series], where I had to climb a tree in lingerie.
I needed help to get up there, and then the stylist put the heels on me, and the director put me in position. I was so afraid I would fall. And there were insects all over the tree and then all over me. LOL. I was kind of freaking out. But it was definitely worth it! The pictures turned out great.
There were insects all over the tree, and then all over me!
Q: Who’s your favorite designer to wear? Who do you think is overrated / difficult to wear.
I love Elie Saab and Roberto Cavalli for dresses, Dior, Valentino and Christian Louboutin for shoes. Chanel purses are classic, and even though they’re super-expensive, you can wear them for years and years, and they go with everything!
Chanel’s clothes are a bit overrated for me – so, so boring! And Manolo Blahnik shoes are not sexy at all and super uncomfortable! As for Louis Vuitton purses, I really, really don’t like that big “LV” print: it just looks show-offy and not classy at all in my opinion.
I really, really don’t like that big “LV” print on Louis Vuitton purses: it just looks show-offy and not classy at all in my opinion.
Q: Where would you like to be in 5 and 10 years?
I’m not sure about in 10 years, but I would love to have an acting career that was as successful as my modeling career, and I would love to produce and create TV and film projects. And I definitely want to do more charity. I’m already giving away 10% of my income for charity and I would love to do more and get also active involved.
I would love to have an acting career that was as successful as my modeling career. And I definitely want to do more charity. I’m already giving away 10% of my income for charity.
Q: Are you dating? Who is your DREAM date?
Honestly, I had just one celebrity crush in my life and that was Pierce Brosnan. I thought he was so sexy and classy and a real gentleman, but he’s been happily married for years, so that probably isn’t going to happen, ha. But the best James Bond ever! [Important Editorial Note: Sean Connery was the best Bond.]
At the moment I’m single and very happy, but would definitely love to date again, too. It just has to be someone who understands and supports my career. I definitely wouldn’t make a good trophy wife; I’m not working so much for the money as for the feeling of success and accomplishment.
Honestly, I can’t live without my work. Actively achieving goals by working on new projects: that’s what really makes me happy! And I would love to have a family, kids, a cat and a dog at some point. But even then, I would continue to work until I absolutely couldn’t anymore.
At the moment I’m single and very happy, although I would love to date again, too: but it would have to be someone who understands and supports my career.
Q: What is your favorite city, color and accessory?
City: definitely LA to live, but I also love London, New York and Munich (where I grew up). Color, that’s really difficult: I love my nails red or natural, my clothes black, blue or white, my lips natural pink, and my furniture brown, white. The most important accessory is your attitude and character. But besides that, a black Chanel bag.
The most important accessory is your attitude and character. But besides that, a black Chanel bag.
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