Irina Kulikova is a professional fashion model born in Slobodskoy, Kirov Oblast, in Russia on August 6, 1991. She was first found when dining alongside her mother in a restaurant in Moscow. While they were eating they were interrupted by an agent at IMG Models named Ivan Bart, who was accompanying well-known actress, Liv Tyler.
Currently she is represented by IMG Models Worldwide. She is a well-known favorite of Marc Jacobs and John Galliano. She is known throughout the industry as “Irina K”.
Kulikova is known for her long limbs and feline look. Many industry media have said that she embodies fashion's “new look”. The new look in their minds is groomed, healthy and youthful as opposed to the more waif-like look which has been popular for the last ten years.
Her first season walking in shows was the Fall/Winter 2007 season. She opened shows for both Nina Ricci and Prada. She also closed shows for Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. Among others, she was even an exclusive for Calvin Klein. She was named one of the top 10 models of 2007.
Since 2007, she has opened shows for BCBG Max Azaria, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel, Dior and Donna Karan. She has closed shows for Alberta Ferretti, Peter Som, Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, Vera Wang and Sonia Rykiel.
Kulikova has appeared in a variety of campaigns. These include campaigns for Prada, the “Daisy” fragrance campaign for Marc Jacobs, Pringle of Scotland and Jil Sander. She has also regularly appeared in editorials featured in W Magazine.
In June of 2014, Kulikova was featured in a series of prints for MAC Cosmetics' “Mineralize” campaign. She remains hidden in the shadows while showcasing the foundation, lipstick and eyeshadow from the Mineralize range.
She is a regular on the social scene and has been seen out and about with Kasia Struss, Lara Stone, Anabela Belikova, Alyona Osmanova, Sheila Marquez, Anna Mariya Urazhevskaya and Kori Richardson.