Brains, blonde and beautiful! There is no mistaking that Alisa Pysareva was born to model. And while it appears that she has hit the genetic lottery, her look is not the only reason why we adore her as the face of BTR.
We recently sat down to have a candid interview with Alisa where she opens up about modeling, plastic surgery and her hopes for the future. Read our Q&A with the sexy, yet very down-to-earth model below!
BTR – Most people think the life of a model is very glamorous. What do you think people would be most surprised to know about modelling?
Alisa – The life of a model is not as glamorous as most people think. Modeling in general is very physical work. A model needs to be healthy and fit not only for her appearance, but also to handle the long hours of standing on high, sometimes ill-fitting heels in less than ideal environments. A professional model must also be easy going, friendly, patient and prepared at all times – including those long hours of waiting backstage or at casting calls. There is a lot of competition and so it’s important to always leave a good impression. Finally, modeling is not always about being beautiful. To be a successful model you need to understand the basics of marketing because your #1 job is to sell a product.
BTR - Do you always feel beautiful, or are you more critical about your appearance given it’s your livelihood?
Alisa – Of course I don’t wake up each morning with full makeup and hair done like you see me in photos or on the runway. However, I’m not very critical about my appearance. I do undergo criticism from different clients and the public, but I don’t take it personally because I understand that “beauty” is subjective. For me, beauty comes from within, from confidence, intelligence and good manners. As for modelling, it’s a matter of preferences: some people like brunettes with dark eyes or curvier bodies, but you can’t please everyone! I’m happy with my Russian features.
BTR - Do you have a favorite body part? Least favorite?
Alisa – No, I don’t have a favorite or least favorite body part. I’m grateful for everything I have.
BTR – Being in such a competitive industry where youth is idolized, do you feel pressured to undergo plastic surgery?
Alisa – The only surgery I’ve ever done is laser eyesight correction. I’ve never done any cosmetic surgeries and I’m not planning to. I don’t judge those who do cosmetic surgery but I do find it sad when I see 20-somethings in this industry who feel the need to. Youth is idolized, but for me aging is natural and beautiful. I draw inspiration from women of all ages! Moreover, I’m very happy to observe that the commercial market is changing and you are seeing more and more models in their 30s and 40s occupying advertisement campaigns.
BTR – If we’re being honest, many of us think that models are constantly dieting. Do you diet? What are some of your favorite foods to eat?
Alisa – While some models do need to diet, I’m very lucky with my genes and fast metabolism. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t take care of myself. Skinny does not always mean healthy and for me health is a priority. I don’t have a specific diet but I believe that everything should be balanced. Plenty of water, fruits, vegetables and berries are a must for me. I don’t take any supplements simply because I believe that it’s better for you if all your vitamins and minerals come from food. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do prefer fish over meat, and eggs are always in my diet. I also love freshly squeezed juices. I really have a lot of fun mixing up all sorts of vegetables, fruits and herbs. My “classic” juice is a carrot, apple and orange mix with a touch of ginger. I have to admit though that I do spoil myself sometimes. Especially when I have cravings for something sweet.
BTR - We know that you studied biochemistry. If you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?
Alisa – Yes, I did study biochemistry and before I started modelling full-time I was either going to go to medical school or business school. I love to study. Even after I stopped university you would find me with a book in my hands. As a matter of fact, I’m currently involved in an online business management program and I am really enjoying it!
BTR – If you were stranded on a deserted Island what would you bring?
Alisa – Lol! That’s a funny question! Water, a knife, matches, a warm blanket and a cell phone to call for a helicopter after I finish my fried prey for dinner.
BTR – What is your ultimate life goal? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Alisa – In 10 years I see myself surrounded by my own healthy, happy, mutually loving family. Career wise, I see myself running a business. Perhaps in luxury bedding.