St. Petersburg: Just 19, she recently moved to St. Petersburg from Kazan to find herself. Living with friends for the time being, she has taken a job as a waitress to make her rent payments. She said she is not sure what she wants to do, but sometimes dreams of being an actress.
NOVOSIBIRSK: Tikhon was walking home from his grandmother's home during a snowstorm in Novosibirsk. The teenager said he regularly visits his grandmother at her home, about once every two weeks. On this occasion, they played a game. Though university is still several years away, Tikhon said he would like to become an engineer with a focus on aviation.
MOSCOW: ''When I said I wanted to be a model, my father had a negative reaction. But once I started to live without their help, travel abroad, they supported me. I told them modeling is just a way for me to have a career in fashion. I can go to university in a year, but I am not sure I can be a model in a year,’’ said Nina, 17, in excellent English. She spoke with a self-confidence that made her seem early 20s. ''I have a lot of life experience - traveling makes you wiser than your age would indicate,’’ she added. Nina said she has worked in Singapore and takes care of her own visas. She has already changed three agents. ''If you want to have career, you need to find a goid agent who is interested in your future and not just money.’’ While she models, she is working on setting up her own photo shoots with the idea of perhaps someday working in a magazine.