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The 7 Most Famous Romanian Models of All Times

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These Romanian models that you’ll see below showed the entire world just how beautiful Romanian ladies can be. I am actually surprised that few of them actually become world famous, but probably there are more things at play in the fashion industry than looks alone.

Either way, today we’re going to relax a bit with some eye candy and check out the most famous Romanian models ever. They all have classic Romanian features – so this is how you should expect Romanian women to look like if you ever decide to visit the country.

Now, let’s check these ladies out and learn a thing or two about them. It’s important to note that, despite the natural beauty here (talking about the ladies now, not nature itself) all these models are past their prime and right now the country doesn’t have any younger and still active world-famous supermodels.

Catrinel Menghia

Born in 1985, Catrinel is probably the best known Romanian model, usually presenting herself as Catrinel Marlon. Born in Iasi, Romania, she was hurdling champion as a kid. She was discovered by an agent in Bucharest when she was 16, going to win Ford’s “Supermodel of Romania” competition. In just a few months, she became a supermodel.

Since then, she has moved to Italy and posed for various magazines, including Sports Illustrated, FHM and Maxim. She was also a model for Giorgio Armani and Lise Charmel. Although she didn’t win any major awards, she has been considered one of the most beautiful women in Romania – for all the right reasons – and she remains one of the most famous models the country has ever produced.

Madalina Ghenea

This beautiful Romanian model was born in Slatina in 1987, and started her modelling career early on, when she was just 15. She was instantly signed in Italy, where she started to present for the designer Gattinoni. Later on, she signed with AMT Models and Major Model Management, making her one of the most successful Romanian models ever.

Her undeniable beauty also attracted the attention of quite a few famous people. She has dated (or has been rumored to be in relationships) with some of the most popular Hollywood actors during the early 2010s, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Gerald Butler, Adrien Brody and Michael Fassbender, as well as Lewis Hamilton.

But her career wasn’t shadowed by being in relationships with celebrities. As an actress, she scored a part in British comedy Dom Hemingway alongside Jude Law and Emilia Clarke, while her modelling career saw her strut her stuff on some of the most important catwalks in the world, also having her become the face of various luxury brands.

She is considered Romania’s Monica Bellucci – I don’t really see the resemblance (apart from the fact that they’re both beautiful), but nobody will be mad about this comparison, I guess.

Andreea Diaconu

The youngest on our list, Andreea was born in 1991 in Bucharest and is one of the only two Romanian models to ever pose for the Victoria’s Secret catalog. She is the face of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Belstaff and has worked with the biggest names in the industry, including Cavalli, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and so on.

She was discovered when she was just 11 when she won the first prize (earning 500 Euros) at a modelling school contest. However, she did wait until she turned 13 before accepting an offer from an agent – she was flown directly to New York for a presentation, followed by another in London and then various works in the fashion hotspots of the time.

While she initially planned to do modelling part time, only to earn enough money to afford paying for college, she had a change of heart and moved to New York in 2011 to pursue her modelling career – a thing that she’s done brilliantly ever since, as she is one of the most popular Romanian models today.

She didn’t completely ignore her education either, managing to get a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and being able to speak five languages.

Diana Moldovan

The second Romanian model to pose for Victoria’s Secret catalog, she is actually a good friend of Andreea Diaconu. Together, they run three healthy eating restaurants in Bucharest, called Moo Moo.

Diana was born in 1987 in Sfantu Gheorghe and has been working with Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Dior and more. She was (and maybe still is) the best known Romanian model in the US and looking at her photos, you can understand why. She does have amazing eyes and beautiful features, doesn’t she?

She was featured on the cover of Vogue and is still considered one of the most desirable pretty faces in the Romanian modelling industry right now, even though she does keep a pretty low profile and is very private about her life.

Monica Birladeanu

It is said that the Moldavia region is the one where the most beautiful Romanian ladies are and this list seems to support that claim. Monica was also born in Iasi, like Catrinel, before moving to Italy and later on in the US. She was born in 1978 and soon returned to Romania for various TV and film projects.

In the early 2000s, she earned various awards, including the “most beautiful Romanian Woman” in 2003, the most beautiful Romanian celebrity in 2002 and various other awards. She still maintains her beauty, despite being 41 at the moment of writing this article and has made a massive comeback in Romania, regaining her lost popularity almost instantly.

She is more famous as a TV host and actor than a model, having played in the successful Romanian film The Death or Mr Lazarescu, but also scoring an episodic role in the Lost TV series, as well as CSI. She is definitely considered a real success story here in Romania, proving that she’s more than just a pretty face – she’s a hard worker who kept pushing to get better.

Diana Dondoe

Born in Craiova in 1982, Diana was discovered while visiting Bucharest and soon after moved to New York to pursue her modelling career with IMG Models.

She is better known abroad than in Romania, having worked with big names like Chanel, Miu Miu, Prada, Balenciaga and more. She has also been on the cover of Vogue magazine but despite her beauty and achievements, has kept a pretty low profile. Still, she is one of the most wanted and best known Romanian models to date.

Nicoleta Luciu

Born in 1980 in Bucharest, she became Miss Romania in 1999, which was her shot to fame. While she isn’t as famous abroad as she is within Romania, Nicoleta Luciu is definitely one of the best known, most beautiful and most influential models in Romania.

Immediately after winning the beauty pageant, she became TV Show host and did some acting as well, while not ignoring modelling completely. She posed for various national magazines, including Playboy and was considered one of the most beautiful Romanian ladies in the early 2000s. I still remember her for her role as “Mother Nature” in a national TV show. I don’t remember what the TV show’s name was, or what it was about… but I still remember her.

It was actually the “Mother Nature” name that stuck with her for years, but she managed to get past it and prove that she’s more than just a pretty face that looks good on your screen.

More recently, she decided to step out of the limelight in order to take care of her kids, to the regret of the male (and certainly much of the female) population in the country.

And these are the most famous Romanian models ever. While the country doesn’t have any Miss Universe or Miss World winners, nor models that everybody has heard about, these ladies are beautiful, successful and definitely a joy to look at.

6 COMMENTS

  1. All are very beautiful women but they have to be in order to become top models. Is Birladeanu a common name in Romania? There once was a Finance Minister by that name in the Gheorghiu-Dej government. I’m sorry to go off on a tangent but I was recently surprised to discover that a famous “Mexican” cowboy western star who was featured in the American TV series of the 1950s called “The Cisco Kid” was actually a Romanian. He had changed his name to Duncan Renaldo but his birth certificate had the name Vasile Dumitru Cugheanos. Apparently he had the itch to go to sea and see the world. On a stopover in Baltimore, Maryland, he just decided to stay and after some odd jobs, got an acting contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This all came out in his 1933 trial for illegally entering the USA and falsifying a passport. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison but received a pardon from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Maybe MGM was able to pull some strings for him. He had a so-so Hollywood career until he landed the part of The Cisco Kid and became very popular. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I guess even Romanian men are handsome enough to make it in Hollywood.

    • I think this might be a pretty common name, yes. There is a city here called Birlad, so the name would describe somebody from the area (or at least it did so hundreds of years ago).

      I didn’t know about the actor and especially his origins, but a Google image search showed me that he was indeed good looking and he does have those Romanian features, although I wouldn’t have necessarily guessed he was from here just looking at a photo 🙂

  2. As a glamour photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing many Romanian models during my travels there. One of them, Lia Sinchevici, who is a good friend of mine, has starred in many music videos, commercials and movies there. I was seeing her commercials everywhere during my recent visits. She’s actually Moldovan, but she moved to Bucharest. I was her photographer before her career took off. Given the huge number of Romanian women I have photographed, I can easily say they are some of the most beautiful women in all of Europe. You can see my work with them on my website.

  3. All very beautiful girls. I would not say Monica Bellucci either as far as how Madalina looks. She immediately reminded me of Sophia Loren, especially the eyes and makeup. In fact this Monica looks like Monica B. :-). I have to check out the Cisco kid guy Stuart was talking about. Now, do the men 🙂

    • Exactly! That is what I thought about Monica Birladeanu – that she looks more like Monica Bellucci than Madalina. But the media wants to find the “next x” no matter what and sometimes they just make up those resemblances 🙂

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