One of the most intoxicating beauties we know, Fekes is in a class all her own. From the runways of Dolce & Gabbana to our very own Larroudé Spring campaign, the Ukranian-American model is in high demand, and it’s not hard to see why. We sat down with the fresh-faced, doe-eyed stunner to talk about her connection to Ukraine, her biggest inspiration, and how she’s learned to stay level-headed in a sometimes dizzying industry.
When and why did you leave your country/town?
I am second generation in the United States—my grandparents immigrated from Ukraine in 1949 after World War II, which my grandfather fought in.
Is there anyone home that you’d like to send this message to?
To my family and all Ukrainians around the world, I hope you’re okay, we are here for you, and we love you. We are doing our best to support you and we always will.
If you could ask our readers to help with anything at home, how would you ask them to help?
There are many charity organizations you can donate to. Whether it's food, medical supplies, or clothes, it is all helpful. Attending protests or volunteering at a community center helps to show your support and spread awareness for the Ukrainian community.
How did you first begin your career in modeling?
When I was 15, my mom and I decided to spend a day in New York City and meet with a couple agencies. Going into it, she would always tell me not to get my hopes up, so naturally, I expected to not hear back from anyone. But, by the end of the day, I had heard back from all of the agencies I had met with, and got to choose which agency I would sign with.
How has the industry changed during your career?
I started modeling a couple years before the covid pandemic, so, the industry has definitely changed a good amount. Today, we have many safety precautions to follow so we can all be safe and work as a team on set. Although this can add a lot of time to the day, it is worth it so we can all work together safely. The best outcomes are always when the team feels comfortable and works well with one another.