|Born:||March 1, 1980|
|Measurements:||38-24-36 in (97-60-92 cm)|
|Bra/cup size:||38F (85F)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||123 lb (56 kg)|
Anna Semenovich (Russian: Анна Семенович, pronounced [ˈannə sʲɪmʲɪˈnovʲɪt͡ɕ], born March 1, 1980, in Moscow, Russia) is a Russian glamour model and actress who became first known as a successful international figure skater. After her skating career she became a television moderator and also performed as a singer of the Russian girl group Blestyashchie (Блестящие - "The Brilliants").
- 1 Biography
- 2 Modelling Work
- 3 Personal info
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Free galleries
- 6 Free movies
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Name and origin
Anna Semenovich was born on March 1, 1980, in Moscow and is half Ukrainian. Her name appears in different versions throughout the media. As it is common for Russian native speakers to use diminutive forms for nearly all first names, her first name Anna (Анна) may also be rendered Anya (Аня), Anechka (Анечка), Annushka (Аннушка) or Anyuta (Анюта), depending on how personal the writer wants to get.
Semenovich's middle name Grigor'evna (Григорьевна) is her father's name. Every Russian full name consists of given name (имя), father's name (отчество) and surname (фамилия), so Semenovich's full name reads: Anna Semenovich, daughter of Gregory.
As for the surname, the only correct transliteration into English without using diacritics is Semenovich. Other variants of her name are due to incorrect transliteration. Although her surname leads some English native speakers to make inappropriate comments on bulletin boards, the root of Semenovich has nothing to do with any kind of human secretion — it is a derivation of the Russian form of Simon (Семён). The unusual suffix -vich has its origins in the 16th and 17th centuries: In these times, the right to add -vich to a family name was an honour restricted to only the highest dignitaries and granted by the Tsar himself.
Semenovich began ice skating at the age of three. After finishing secondary school, she studied at the Moscow State University of Physical Education (Московская Государственная Академия Физической Культуры) from which she graduated with an International Master in figure skating and ice dancing.
She had a very successful career as a figure skater and was a medalist at several national and international championships. She performed with Maxim Kachanov (Максим Качанов), Vladimir Fedorov (Владимир Федоров, 1995-1999), Roman Kostomarov (Роман Костомаров, 1999-2000) and Denis Samokhin (Денис Самохин, 2001). In 1998, she moved to the United States.
In 2001, Semenovich had to undergo an operation after a meniscus injury. This was the official end of her sports career. In a later interview she mentioned that her meniscus trauma was not the only reason for her to quit:
- "For example, the judging is prejudiced in figure skating. It is not a secret for anyone, we saw it even in last Winter Olympic Games. Somehow to get up in the ranks one needs connections. I did not have those. Therefore, although our pair was second in the Russian rankings after Il'ya Averbukh and Irina Lobacheva, we were seldom in first place. For example, it was very insulting, when I skated in international competitions with Denis Samokhin, and the other contenders skated with serious mistakes. They even fell down. But in the end, we were only in second place, and they in the first. I was tired of such unfair refereeing."
At the age of 21, Semenovich moved back to Russia. She became a sports moderator and worked for different channels, later also including the music program on ТВС (TVS) and the shows Утро (Morning) and Ночь (Night) on СТС (STS).
In 2006, Semenovich started playing the role of Liza in Папа на все руки (Daddy of all trades), a Russian adaption of the successful American sitcom Home improvement by Buena Vista.
In 2007, Semenovich started starring in Вся такая внезапная (All of a sudden), another Russian adaption of an American sitcom (Suddenly Susan by Warner Bros.). She plays the character of Alexandra Strelkina, an attractive journalist who writes a column about the life of an unmarried lonely girl for the fictional glossy magazine Шик и блеск (Chic and Glitter).
In 2001, parallel to her career as a sports channel moderator, Anna's boyfriend at that time, Daniel Mishin (Даниил Мишин), convinced her to take up singing. They created a group called Ангелы Чарли (Charlie's Angels) which was produced by Daniel. Although the group had a few successful performances at places in Moscow, recorded an album and released a video, the project had to be cancelled due to lack of financial resources.
Anna then became anchorwoman at СТС (STS). In 2003, STS was producing a pilot and invited the girls of Blestyashchie. As a member of the group, Irina Luk'yanova (Ирина Лукьянова) had just left because she got pregnant, the producer suggested Anna to come to a casting, which she did. Two weeks later, she received a call and was told to immediately come to the studio in order to join the recording sessions, because two days later the group was to go on tour.
Anna recorded two albums with Blestyashchie:
- Восточные сказки (Oriental fairy tales, 2005) and
- Апельсиновый рай (Orange paradise, 2003).
In the beginning of 2007, Anna left Blestyashchie due to health issues, but started to work on her own solo career. In May 2008, Swedish pop star Arash released a single with her, featured on the compilation Союз (Union), vol. 42:
- Arash feat. Anna Semenovich: На моря (At the sea, 2008).
Anna's career as a film actress started in 2004 with an uncredited cameo appearance in the Russian blockbuster Ночной дозор (Night Watch): She was a singer of the girl group of Alisa Donnikova (Алиса Донникова), played by Zhanna Friske (Жанна Фриске). The girl group was actually Blestyashchie, but was not credited either. While Zhanna Friske also performed in the sequel Дневной дозор (Day Watch, 2006), Anna Semenovich did not appear in this motion picture anymore.
Гитлер капут! (Hitler's kaput!) from 2008 is a spy comedy and the first film to feature Anna Semenovich in a lead role. In an interview, Anna admitted that she was very nervous before the first kiss with her co-starring partner Pavel Derevyanko (Павел Деревянко).
Photographers, websites and studios
Besides appearing in a great variety of tabloids and magazines of all kind, Anna has worked with
- Dmitry Zhuravlev (Дмитрий Журавлев, website), Moscow, Russia, for Maxim magazine (Russian edition), Moscow, Russia,
- Mikhail Korolev (Михаил Королев, website), Russia, for Пингвин (Penguin) magazine, Russia,
- Oleg Zotov (Олег Зотов, website), St. Petersburg, Russia, for Maxim magazine (Russian edition), Moscow, Russia,
- Slava Filippov (Слава Филиппов, website), Russia, for
- Vladimir Shirokov (Владимир Широков, website), Russia, for Красота и Здоровье (Beauty and Health) magazine, Moscow, Russia,
- Yuri Koltsov (Юрий Кольцов, website), Moscow, Russia, for XXL magazine, Moscow, Russia.
Anna has performed with the following big bust models:
In an interview by the Russian edition of Maxim, Anna gives her measurements and mentions that her bra size is a (Russian) 5. The numbers of Russian bra sizes represent cup sizes: 1 for A, 2 for B etc. Together with her given bust measurement of 97 cm (38,2 in), it is possible to calculate her bra size:
- 38 in - 5 (E Cup) = 33
In a later interview with the Russian magazine XXL, when asked to put an end to the discussion if she wears a 5 or 6 size bra, Anna says that she most likely wears a 5, but sometimes even a 6 (F cup), depending on her mood.
Natural or silicone?
Although Anna always states that her breasts are real and that she inherited them from her mother, this topic became discussed when she had to go to hospital in 2007 for suspicion of a heavy infection poisoning her organism. Paparazzi were waiting putside when she left the hospital with X-ray images in her hands. The photos were published by the Russian tabloid Твой ДЕНЬ (Your Day) who immediately claimed to have spotted breast implants on the X-rays. The article states:
- "На рентгеновских снимках грудной клетки поп-дивы отчетливо заметны имплантаты – два светлых круга идеальной формы.
- – Анна очень переживала, что ее тайна станет известна еще кому-нибудь, – рассказывает лечащий врач. – Мы успокоили ее, отдали все сделанные снимки, сказав, что она может делать с ними все что угодно. Забрав компромат на свою грудь и медицинскую карту, Семенович, веселая и довольная, отправилась домой."
- Translation: "On the thorax X-ray images of the pop diva, there are clearly visible implants - two bright circles of perfect shape.
- – Anna was very anxious that her secret might become known to even more people, – tells the attending physician. – We calmed her, gave her all the images made, saying that she could do with them whatever she wanted. After taking the compromising evidence and even the patient data sheet to her breast, Semenovich, happy and satisfied, went home."
A comparison of this text with the published paparazzi shoots (photos 1-3) and real thorax X-ray images (photos 4 and 5) reveals several points that raise serious doubts:
- No doctor would give an interview to paparazzi and tell them facts about a patient.
- Anna's X-ray shows only one thing that could be identified as a circle, not two.
- While the upper part of the X-ray image in photo 1 could actually show a spine, the lower part does not fit at all and seems to be a second image showing something completely different.
- The form, shape and background of the supposed breast implant on Anna's X-ray does not correspond at all with that on picture 5.
The article in Your Day does not provide any usable evidence at all. Furthermore, the story allegedly told by the attending physician is highly questionable and most probably just invented.
This article therefore follows Anna's own statement that her breasts are natural.
Anna has played in the following television serials:
| All of a sudden
Вся такая внезапная
|2007|| as Alexandra Strelkina|
| Daddy of all trades
Папа на все руки
|2006||as Liza (Лиза)|
| Club (series)
|2006-2008||as herself, singer of Blestyashchie.|
| Destined to become a star
Обреченная стать звездой
Anna has performed in the following motion pictures:
| Kung Fu Panda (Russian dub)
|2008||DreamWorks Animation|| Russian dub of Viper|
| Hitler's kaput!
|2008||Sveshiy veter (Свежий ветер)|| as Zina (Зина)|
| The Irony of Fate 2
Ирония судьбы. Продолжение
|2007||Bazelevs Production|| as "woman with a kid"|
| Night Watch
|2004||Bazelevs Production|| uncredited (singer in Alisa's girl group)|
- Picture gallery at Maxim (Russian) (Google translation)
- Picture gallery at Destined to become a star (Russian) (Google translation)
- Picture gallery of a photo shoot for Russian Glamour (Russian) (Google translation)
- Picture galleries at ALSBLESTVIA (Russian) (Google translation)
- Anna Semenovich links at FreeOnes
- Official website of Anna Semenovich (Russian) (Google translation)
- Official website of Blestyashchie (Russian) (Google translation)
- FreeOnes discussion thread
- Interview (Russian). Maxim (Russian edition) (July 2005). Retrieved on 2008-04-25. (Google translation)
- Wikipedia article on Blestyashchie
- Translated interview with Anna Semenovich by Ul'yana Kalashnikova for the Russian newspaper Sunday Moscow Komsomolets: Anna Semenovitch [sic!] - A magnificent woman - Behind a bust they do not see the person (English). Figure Skating Mystery (2005-01-03). Retrieved on 2008-04-24. - Original interview: Калашникова, Ульяна (2005-01-02). За бюстом не видят личность (Russian). Московский Комсомолец Воскресенье. Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
- Аня Семенович выспалась на Кубе (Russian). Только звезды 12/2008. Sobesednik (Собеседник) (2008-06-23). Retrieved on 2008-10-12. (Google translation)
- Kimmel, Leigh (December 1989). The Russian Name -- Handle with Care (Reprint). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Campbell, Mike. Russian Names. Behind the Name - the Etymology and History of First Names. Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Goldschmidt, Paul (1996). Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Russian Names - Grammar (Reprint). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Romanization System for Russian (PDF). The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use (1947). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- ALA-LC Romanization Tables: Transliteration Schemes for Non-Roman Scripts (PDF, Reprint). American Library Association, Library of Congress (1997). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Post on the SuperiorPics.com bulletin board (2006-10-11). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Post on the JustPut.com bulletin board (2008-09-11). Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
- Eberl, Tino. The Figure Skating Corner: Finlandia Trophy 1996. Retrieved on 2008-10-14.
- Product placement offer by the STS Sales Department: Иванов, Сергей (2007-05-14). Возможности продакт-плейсмента в новых ситкомах СТС (Russian). СТС Бизнес. Retrieved on 2008-04-26. (Google translation)
- Summary of Anna Semenovich's role as Alexandra Strelkina: Анна Семенович - актриса, исполнительница роли Александры Стрелкиной (Russian). АМЕДИА. Retrieved on 2008-04-26. (Google translation)
- Arash's iPlugYou profile (Russian). Retrieved on 2008-05-12. (Google translation)
- Wikipedia article on Zhanna Friske
- Interview with Anna Semenovich by Ul'yana Kalashnikova for the Russian newspaper Moscow Komsomolets: Калашникова, Ульяна (2008-04-21). Мечтаю родить троих детей и нянчить минимум трех внуков (Russian). Московский Комсомолец. Retrieved on 2008-04-25. (Google translation)
- Post on a Ukrainian bulletin board about converting Russian to US bra sizes: Re: Clothing gifts for my Ukrainian Girlfriend (English). BRAMA - Gateway Ukraine (2003-11-22). Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
- Boobpedia FAQ: How can a slim woman have a 50-inch bust? This is clearly wrong!
- Bra Sizing and Resolving Bra Fitting Problems (English). Pampered Passions. Retrieved on 2008-04-25.
- Interview (Russian). XXL 2 (2006). Retrieved on 2008-04-25. (Google translation)
- Article by Tat'yana Krasil'nikova and Inna Didenko for the Russian tabloid Your day: Красильникова, Татьяна; Диденко, Инна (2007-11-12). Тайна гигантской груди Семенович раскрыта! (Russian). Твой ДЕНЬ. Retrieved on 2008-04-27. (Google translation)
- Profile page at the Russian cinema portal RUSKINO: Анна Семенович (Russian). РУСКИНО. Retrieved on 2008-04-27. (Google translation)