Katya Zharkova is a leading plus-size model, actress, TV producer, TV host in the United States. She made a name for herself and joined up the ranks after a photo shoot for Plus Model Mag in 2011. Katya is Belarusian and started is most commonly modelled for brands like Forever 21, Silver Jeans and Fashion To Figure. She was the first plus-size model to appear in Cosmopolitan Russia in 2006, in the November issue. She is currently managed by agencies Wilhelmina Models, BGM Models and Brigitte Models.
Profile & Statistics
Original Name : Katya Zharkova
Nick Name: Katya Zharkova
Birthday Date: October 10, 1981
Height : 5 feet 10 inch / 1.78 m
Weight : 85 kg / 187 lb
Age: 33 years
Eye Color : Brown
Body Measurements: 38-32-45
Astrology Sign : Scorpio
Zharkova started modelling at the age of 14 and is the considered to be the first plus-sized model of Belarus. She started making waves in the mid-1990s and 1997, joined the ‘Podium’ modelling agency in Russia – the first plus-sized model managed by the agency. After moving to Moscow in 2000, she appeared in numerous fashion publications before her big debut on Cosmopolitan Russia. In 2010, she decided to make professional modelling her number one priority and left her day job as a TV producer, relocating to the US subsequently.
She has been a part of numerous campaigns that support curvy, healthier figures as opposed to the stereotypical anorexic models that the world is used to seeing. Other similar model like Robyn Lawley, Crystal Renn are fall under plus size model. To this motive, she took part in the ‘Women are Back’ campaign that unabashedly shed light on her plump body image. She has voiced her opinion in various interviews stating that she does not support the use of Photoshop retouching techniques to misrepresent body shapes and facial features. Since then, she has made milestones for herself, being the first plus-size model to appear on the NBC show ‘Fashion Star’. She was the producer of MUZ TV Music Channel up until 2010, co-hosted a two-hour morning show at TNT Channel in Russia and in 2012 also co-hosted a popular women’s TV show – ‘Women Say So’, also broadcasted in Russia. She has co-hosted other popular TV shows like ‘American Bachelor’ in 2013 and has also made appearances in numerous Russian movies and TV series.
Not much is known about Katya’s love life, as she likes to keep her personal life under wraps. She is however very close to her social fans and regularly updates her social accounts on Facebook and Instagram.