Larissa Bond (Bondarenko), world-renowned model, actress, and jewelry designer, was born in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and, fittingly, a city of sunshine, roses, and fountains.
Larissa was born to parents who were both artistic and stylish: her father was an interior designer who also played guitar and is passionate about cars and very talented carpenter; her mother was an expert dressmaker who also was a competitive gymnast. Their creative instincts and sense of determination strongly influenced how Larissa saw the world and what she wanted to do. They also gifted her with creative talents that would become integral to her career.
As a teen, Larissa enjoyed playing volleyball, making her own clothes and prepared to formally study fashion design, but she was destined first for a different kind of success, as she was discovered as a model.
Her modeling career took off quickly, and by 1990, Larissa was living in New York City and became the face of Guess Jeans, making her an international sensation. She began working with other major brands such as L’Oreal, Wella, Burberry, Thierry Mugler, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, and Vivian Westwood, and all the industry luminaries of the time, including Helmut Newton, Ellen Von Unworthy, Bruce Weber, Dewey Nicks, Michelangelo de Battista, Walter Chin, Daniela Federici, and Fabrizio Ferry. Working with directors Michael Bay, Bruce Weber, Andrew Nichol, to name a few.
Throughout the 1990s, while modeling and also shooting various commercials, feature films, and television shows, Larissa traveled extensively, meeting a diverse ensemble of people and experiencing cultures throughout the world. This helped her develop a unique aesthetic and an eye for cutting-edge design and style, which would spark an additional professional direction for her.
In 1998, she gave birth to her son.
Larissa has continued her modeling career with Iconic Focus Models, who represent many other great supermodels of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
She also owns and operates Larissa Bond Jewelry, an exclusive jewelry brand that focuses on the craft of jewelry making, helping to preserve the quality of this ancient art. Larissa Bond Jewelry expresses beauty, minimalism, modernism, and elegance all at once—with an edge. The signature line is called LIFE.
Larissa currently lives in New York City, nurturing her jewelry company and being part of the inspiring movement of women who are creating their own power and shining their own special light. She is planning on writing a book about her extraordinary life experiences, and many years spent living in Europe.