Siberian Russia, one of the coldest regions in the world, is home to 8-year-old Nariyana. The little girl was born with a very rare form of albinism, which means she looks quite different than the rest of her family. Referred to as “Snow White,” Nariyana is having a huge impact on the modeling world.
Photographer Vadim Rufov had the chance to work with Nariyana, and the two of them did a photoshoot that has led to Nariyana’s recent unexpected internet fame. The modeling offers began pouring in shortly after photos from the shoot were released, but the girl’s mother, Elena, says she wants to keep her daughter out of the limelight. At least for now.
Elena says that although they have gotten numerous offers from modeling and advertising agencies, she doesn’t want Nariyana to work yet. She wants her daughter to have a normal childhood and grow up without the pressures of the modeling industry. Elena says, “When she grows up, she’ll choose who she wants to be for herself. When I ask her now, she says she wants to be a model.”
Photographer Vadim Rufov says that Nariyana is the most unusual person he’s ever met. In a photograph he captured of Nariyana and her cousin together, you can really see just how incredibly different she looks from her family. He speaks of her artistic qualities and says she spent over two hours posing for him during the shoot, something that most 8 year olds would not have the attention span for.
It’s understandable that Nariyana’s family wants to keep her out of the spotlight and focus on more “kid” things like drawing and dancing, both of which Nariyana absolutely loves.
Whatever Nariyana decides for her future, it’s sure to be bright, successful, and surrounded with the love of family.