I graduated as a Master in Geography and Tourism at the University of Natural Sciences in Nis, with highest honors. Back then I planned to find my path in life in this field, as an educator.
Life, on the other hand, had different plans for me. During my final year of college, I decided to go on a students’ excursion around Europe. What was supposed to an ordinary trip, turned into something quite unusual. I met and fell in love with someone who would soon become my husband and the father of my children. My life had taken a turn in a different direction.
I always tried to make the best out of life, even though my life had not been easy. From the outside, it looked very glamorous and amazing, but the reality was something very far from any kind of perfection.
After I graduated from my college, I’ve decided to leave everything behind and follow my heart. You could say it was like a dream- marrying a wonderful man and starting a new life in a beautiful city. But, I was a stranger in this city, without any friends and with limited knowledge of the language spoken there.
From this perspective, if I look back, I didn’t even have the time to even adapt to the new country, so far away from my homeland and my people’s customs, lifestyle and mentality. That was not the only challenge I faced- I became a mother immediately, and not to just one kid, I had two! Twins! I had no support, apart from my husband. The usual safety net of family members was not there for me. I was relatively young when I had my kids. In a way, I was still a child- I had just moved out of my family home for the first time.
At that time, I was working as a model during the little free time I had. But, I will never forget the great people I used to work with back then, as well as some really amazing jobs I did for some big names in the fashion industry such as Agent Provocateur, Swarovski, Nina Ricci, Frey Wille Jewellery…
After my children turned two years old and after our short trip to Dubai, my husband and I fell in love with that city. In 2009, we were already on our way to our new life there. We moved there because of my husband’s work and I never even thought I could continue my modeling career. After all, I was not 16 years old anymore and I was a mother of two. Then again, Fashion decides who gets to be a model and who doesn't. Very quickly, I was in the right place at the right time and modeling became a full- time job for me. We spent four and a half years in Dubai and, although, I experienced both its shiny and the not-so- shiny side, from this perspective I can say that there, I had some of the best moments in my life
Before Dubai, my kids were too small and I didn’t want to be away from them for longer than a day or two- which didn’t leave me much time to develop my modeling career back in Europe. My husband gave me the freedom to push my modeling career as he spent a lot of time with our children himself. So, suddenly, I had everything- a great career, working for big shots in the fashion industry in the Middle East, the lifestyle we had in Dubai seemed like something out of a movie. Through my job, I met many interesting people, and spent most of my time in beautiful places. Through my husband’s business associates and my networking, we had a very interesting social life, always in the company of socialites and celebrities.