Valery Kaufman is a popular Victoria’s Secret model who also happens to be Jared Leto’s on and off bae since 2015. I mean, she’s even met his mom. If we were Jared, we would lock it down. He has a history of dating Russian models, but it seems that there’s something about this European looker that has been hard to give up, even after 5 years.
Most recently, the two were spotted doing a classic quarantine activity: hiking. They were trekking in Malibu earlier in June.
1. She is age 25 was born on May 30, 1994 in Moscow Russia. No wonder those cheekbones slay so hard – Eastern European genes explain it all.
2. She’s been on several lists as the Top 50 best models in the world. Considering how many models there are out there, this is a pretty high honor.
3. She started her career on the cover of Vogue Russia.
4. Soon after she was featured in the runway shows of many famous design houses such as Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior and Valentino.
5. Valery is the muse of Patrick Demarchelier, who is an extremely high profile fashion photographer. He even called her “the new Twiggy.”
6. Her main hobby since a young age was dancing. She and her sister Janina toured the world dancing, and was remembered for her movements being similar to Michael Jackson.
7. She starred in Saint Laurent’s 2014 campaign because Hedi Slimane personally requested her.
8. On her time off from work, she liked to go to art exhibits and museums. Her favorite artists are Keith haring Andy Warhol, and Damien Hirst.
9. Her favorite music belongs to Bob Marley, who she’s a huge fan of.
10. Valery Kaufman has always had an appreciation for theater and even attended the prestigious New York Film academy. She has future dreams of teaching acting classes at NYU.
11. Her eyes are bluish green. How many men and women have fallen deeply in love with them?
12. Along with her explosive premiere on Vogue Russia, she’s also been on the cover of ‘Vogue Brazil,’ ‘Vogue Germany,’ ‘Vogue Italia,’ and ‘Vogue Japan.’
13. Valery Kaufman’s net worth is an undisclosed amount between $1 million and $5 million.
14. In 2015, ‘Glamour Russia’ dubbed Valery “Model of the Year.“
15. The romance between Kaufman and Jared started when he was filming on the set of “Suicide Squad “. Imagine what a date between takes would look like dressed as the Joker!
16. Her sister Ioannina is a videographer and photographer. With a sister like Valery, it would be hard not to take photos.
17. Jared Leto is a whole 23 years older than her , aka he could technically be her dad, even if he is a super hot DILF. He does look good for his age…
18. Valery wanted to work in NYC, so she sent her portfolio images to modeling agencies there. She got a contract and as a result her modeling career took off.
19. She’s often seen rocking no makeup or natural looks on her Instagram. We love a video
20. The most recent campaign that she worked on pre-quarantine was Foret Vierge for Numero magazine. She has posed for numero before, but these looks might be our favorite so far.
21. In 2014, she once told I-D magazine that she always knew she was destined for modeling, even though she was never scouted.
22. Along with doing dance tours with her sister, the multi-talented VS model also completed many beauty contests as a child, which explains much of her natural talent.
23. She wasn’t just born in Moscow, she was raised there for her entire childhood. She loved her time there, even though she said the city had changed exponentially since she was a girl.
24. Leto and Kaufman started off as friends rather than a romantic interest. They used to only hang out with groups, and never solo.
25. Valery has attended the Canne Film Festkval multiple times, which makes complete sense since the annual event is the perfect marriage of film and fashion.
26. Many people know her from her work with Victoria’s Secret , but you might not know that she walked for the VS fashion show and got to be inches from lady Gaga’s face.