We love it when photographers pluck a model out of the crowded haystack and thrust her into the spotlight. Steven Meisel did that for Karen Elson in the late nineties, and Mario Testino chose Jacquetta Wheeler as his belle du jour during that same time, too. More recently, Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer have lent their talents to Russian model Elena Melnik. Now, we know she's been in the industry since 2005, but it's her work with Knoepfel and Indlekofer that shows us that this 22-year-old is more than just a pretty face. Last year, Melnik worked with them twice for German Vogue (May and July issues). And this month, you can spot her in French Vogue. See for yourself in her Off the Runway gallery.
Model Profile: Elena Melnik
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