One of the women who inspire me is Xenia Tchoumitcheva. For those who don’t know about her. Xenia Tchoumitcheva (Ксения Чумичёва, born 5 August 1987)is a Russian-Swiss model, actress, blogger and entrepreneur.
I got to know about her because we studied in the same school in Switzerland – Università della Svizzera italiana. I was in the Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione and she was doing economics.
Xenia is really talented and capable. Besides being a super model, Xenia also speaks five languages, holds a degree in economics, worked for Merrill Lynch, the London hedge fund Duet Group and JP Morgan Chase and is now running her own web business www.chicoverdose.com
There are plenty of reasons why I look up to her so much and you can read about it here
A typical Swiss can speak three language fluently – two languages from their country and a third language/English.
However, Xenia can speak five – Italian, Russian, English, German and French. Knowing so many languages have also helped Xenia boost her profile through contributing to several magazines including Schweizer Monat and Haute Living in New York
At the present moment, she is also studying Spanish which is going to become her 6th language. I think this is a really brilliant move because learning Spanish will help her tap into the Latin America and Spain market.
Among several hosting engagements, she presented the Miss Switzerland 2011 pageant live on the three national channels on 24 September 2011.
In March 2012 Xenia starts to host her own TV show about successful Italian businesses called “L’Italia Che Funziona”, on one of the main Italian channels Rete 4 and Italia1, Mediaset.
She also hosted Miss Ukraine 2012 in Russian, alongside the Russian comedians “Prozhektorperiskhilton” (ПрожекторПерисхилтон)
Xenia is really independent and self-sufficient. She handles all her media relations, image and publicity work. This is very cool because only very few celebrities do this.
Xenia claims people should go out and continue to find success rather than waiting for the right moment to come along.
Such fatalistic interpretations must be rejected! Happiness is not a blind lady who knocks on your door one day without being asked. The main criteria for personal success is perseverance. Because everything has a cause, also has an effect. I see it as a wheel starts to roll: supplying more energy you have, the faster it rolls.
The difficult part is just so to give the first impulse to locomotion. Means finding out what we want at heart and really motivates us. The more momentum we send, the more you crank the wheel that is, the more opportunities we create for ourselves too. And the beauty: this applies to the poor starting position as for the good.
4) Solid Work Experience in the financial industry
She has interned at different financial institutions, such as Merrill Lynch, the London hedge fund Duet Group and JP Morgan Chase.
I would describe my drive and the ambitions that I have and must have, as “Russian”. Russian people are very literate and education is extremely important in Russia. I myself read quite a lot and education has always been an important factor and driving force in my life.
For me, having a modelling career without a concurrent proper education was unthinkable. Today I am very happy that I was able to do both successfully.
5) Knowing what she wants
Despite having a financial education and background, Xenia turned down a full time job offer at JP Morgan Chase to focus on entrepreneurship
After my studies, I definitely wanted to get this type of work experience, but I was already keenly aware long before-hand that a career in the financial sector is not something one does part-time. I run my own business and have my own business ideas and am mainly interested in developing these. Neither can be done well as a side-job. I made the decision to continue building my own business, branding and retail. That is what I’ve always wanted. Thus, my career as a banker is presently concluded …
I am creative, not risk averse and I love to take full responsibility for what I do. This is part of the education my parents have given me and it means I am naturally suited to a more entrepreneurial career. Although I am always happy to start at the bottom and to play the game from scratch, I am not the typical employee-type. I have been raised as a very independent and responsible little girl, and – by self-managing my image, jobs and business for some years already – I have become used to being my own boss.
On top of these impressive qualities and achievements, Xenia Tchoumitcheva is also extremely beautiful. She entered the national “Miss Switzerland” pageant in 2006 and was judged as both 1st runner-up and Miss Photogenic.
After the contest she was considered the “most eligible single woman in Switzerland”. In May 2009 she has been elected as the Best Bikini Body, according to a survey by the magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.
Xenia was able to come so far because she knew how to use her best strengths to strategically position herself. I really admire her hardwork, strategic mindset, resourcefulness and making use of the advantages she already had.
Ending off with my favourite quote by her
Beauty is not just something connected with a physical attribute. It has more to do with a whole package of prerequisites that one must have to be successful in the world of beauty and to be able to compete with many other beautiful people.
Naturally a beautiful appearance is a basic requirement…one must also know how to market oneself. This is no different than a company that is faced with certain competition and has to market their products effectively. There are companies that master this brilliantly and others less well. However, all of this is only a part of this package called “beauty.”
A person’s charisma is very important. This is the way that a person interacts with other people: the way he or she moves and acts. You can see that there are people, who are not particularly beautiful to look at, but who move and act attractively and that makes them beautiful and appealing to others. The charisma that such people have comes from inside and can be more important than just “beauty”. This type of charisma cannot be faked and that makes it very interesting.