VERA JORDANOVA is a fashion model, actress, entrepreneur and author.
She was born in Finland to Bulgarian musician parents. Vera spent the early part of her youth traveling with them through Scandinavia, and later lived with her grandmother in Bulgaria.
In her teens Vera moved back to Finland and while still in highschool, she was spotted by a local modeling agency. Soon Vera was seen on national magazine covers, campaigns,TV commercials and became a familiar face in the Finnish media. Around the same time Vera also had her acting debut for local TV series.
Modeling opened the doors to traveling abroad and with that to work for internationally known designers and brands. Vera spent the next ten years living and working in Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Cape Town and Barcelona.
In Barcelona, Vera attended the International Art School Metafora, where she mostly concentrated on abstract painting, photography and installation art.
In 2004, Vera moved to Los Angeles to further pursuit her acting career and few years later to New York.
Vera has modeled for designers and brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler, Isabel Marant, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Claude Montana, Armand Basi, Gai Mattiolo, Clarins, Palmolive, Ford, Schweppes, Felina Lingerie, Bacardi, Budweiser, Speedo, Lexus, Saks 5th Ave, Macy's, JC Penney and Stilla to name a few.
In 2007 Vera had her debut in American cinema landing a significant role in the cult horror movie Hostel: Part II, directed by Eli Roth and produced by Quentin Tarantino. Vera played the part of femme-fatale Axelle, the daughter of the head of a deadly human hunting organization.
In addition, Vera has been in a few Finnish shows, music videos and numerous TV commercials. She was also featured in art photography exhibitions and books by photographers such as Randee St. Nicholas and Sante D’Orazio.
In 2014 Vera published a memoir cookbook Don’t Miss a Bite: Stories and Flavors from around the World (WSOY). The book, which was first published in Finland, explores food, culture and identity in the form of 100 recipes, short biographical stories and Vera’s own drawings and photography.
Vera continues to reside in New York with her two cats and fiancée, designer Federico Ruiz.