Check out our exclusive interview with stunning TikTok star, content creator and model Renata Valliulina.
Renata began modeling at the age of 10 and was soon bringing her talent to local Russian television, but Valliulina envisioned a larger platform that would allow her to reach a broader audience. Inspired by the success of other content creators in the U.S., she purchased an American SIM card for her phone and launched a TikTok, which quickly earned a loyal fanbase of over 13 million followers and over 614 million likes.
Valliulina has made a name for herself with aesthetically pleasing videos covering topics such as lip-syncing, fashion, beauty, and travel just to name a few. Things aren’t slowing down for Valliulina.
Hi Renata, please tell us a little about you.
I’m influencer, model and I also want to become an actress.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Adventurous, Mindful, Beautiful.
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
How did you get in the entertainment industry?
My mom noticed my high energy levels and my passion for ballet. She also saw that I was really curious about school theatre. She decided it would be a good idea to take me to some auditions to get casted. This early introduction was the start of my journey into the entertainment world.
How does it feel to be a very popular content creator and influencer?
I wouldn’t categorize myself as “very popular”. I simply do what I enjoy and I’m happy that people notice it. The fact that I have such a supportive audience who appreciate what I create makes it all worthwhile.
What part of your job do you find the most challenging?
One of the most challenging aspects of my job is dealing with the various opinions and the potential for misunderstandings or negativity that comes with public exposure. In this industry, success often attracts unfounded rumors or criticisms. It’s crucial to learn how to handle these situations without letting them affect your mental health.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I’ve learned the importance of being mindful with my online presence. It’s vital to consider the potential impacts of what I post or say on social media, as it can sometimes be misinterpreted or negatively affect others. This has taught me the significance of showing respect to all members of our online community.
Did you ever think that one day you would be so popular?
I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m popular. However, I did envision the level of success I’m experiencing now. I believe that having goals and aspirations is an integral part of achieving them.
What do you think is the secret to have successful social media channels?
Remember to not make things complicated. Keep it simple, be persistent, consistent and go with the flow.
What is the key to your success?
I observe, I always study and learn. I’m also working on my spirituality.
Any advice to other influencers?
Be consistent with your actions and engage in what truly interests you. This way, you’ll attract an audience that resonates with your own frequency.
As a popular influencer you are followed by so many people, including young girls. How do you feel about the pressure of always doing the right thing, and encourage people to follow their dreams?
As an influencer with a high following, I do feel significant responsibility. I view it as an opportunity to set a positive example and inspire people, particularly young girls, to follow their dreams.
Do you have any beauty tips or fashion tips for our readers?
I think my beauty tip is to search inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram. From there, I take inspiration and add my own touch.
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
“You’re on the right track. Continue and trust your intuition.” I believe my younger self wouldn’t need any actual advice.
How and when did you start into modeling?
A modeling agency noticed me after a photoshoot I did went viral. From there, I began my modeling career at the age of 12.
Do you ever get nervous in front of the camera?
Not at all. I feel comfortable in front of the camera.
What is the most important thing when you are shooting is?
To continue being in character.
What’s your advice for the newer models?
My advice to new models is simple: believe in yourself, realize your worth, and work hard. You got it!
Which fictional character would be the most exciting to meet in real life?
I genuinely prefer to appreciate fictional characters in their intended realm. The idea of meeting them in real life doesn’t excite me.
How would your best friend describe you?
My best friend might describe me as someone with a great sense of humor, who is always supportive and someone who has a lot of hobbies.
If you were a book, what would be the title of the book?
The Misadventures of Renata.
Now talking about Instagram, can you share some tips for keeping your account interesting?
You should diversify the type of content you post.
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
When he asks to split a bill.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
What is your own definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is existing peacefully in the present moment, while also being free from suffering. I believe that society’s pursuit of “happiness” often leads to unnecessary suffering, as people tend to overlook the beauty of existing and being in the present moment. I think true contentment lies in appreciating the now, rather than in a chase for a potentially illusionary state of happiness.
Best advice ever given?
Understand that even facts or events that seem negative can become life’s greatest gifts when properly interpreted.
What is next for Renata Valliulina in 2023?
My goal for 2023 is to focus on self-improvement, personal growth, self-awareness, and building or improving skills. I also want to practice mindfulness and developing healthier habits.
What is something people don’t know about you?
If there is something people do not know about me, it’s probably because I prefer to keep it private. However, I mostly try to be open with certain aspects of myself.
What would be your dream holiday/vacation, and who would you go with?
I have always wanted to visit Japan with my boyfriend. Even though it might not qualify as a “dream”, it’s a journey I’m planning for in the near future.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would choose to meet my grandfather who I never had the opportunity to meet.
What do you think makes a woman beautiful and why?
Beauty comes from self-love. If you don’t love yourself, you’re upset with who you are, or if you’re doing something you don’t enjoy, you can’t really feel beautiful.
When you’re not happy in your own skin, this shows on the outside through your looks and how you behave. But when you’re pleased with yourself, love who you are, and have fun doing what you like, this happiness shows on the outside. That’s when you glow and look beautiful.
Which project is still on your bucket list?
The philosophy I uphold is that when I conceive an idea or project, I act on it promptly. If the idea doesn’t compel me to immediate action, then I believe it isn’t truly aligned with my authentic self. There aren’t any projects on my bucket list; I either act on them or let them pass.
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
For me it would involve dedicating time to a project that I’m passionate about. The joy from engaging in work that I truly love transforms any day, even a rest day like Sunday into a perfect one.
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
I don’t have one at the moment.
How would you explain your fashion style?
My fashion style is a personal reflection of my tastes and preferences.
How important is social media for you?
Social media is significantly important for me.
Where can we follow you on social media?
Favorite Quote: You are capable to love only when you are in harmony with yourself.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Helena Bonham Carter
Favorite Drink: Water or black tea.
Favorite City: Los Angeles
Favorite Movie: Shrek
Favorite Sport Team: None
Favorite Song: Not Realized Yet by Sub Urban
Photographer: Tuan Pham @tuan.pham_