Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands on the wheel looking out the side wearing a red and black jacket

Eyes that Move Mountains

After decades of gliding along catwalks as an international supermodel and being told not only not to smile, but to haughtily gaze just above the heads of her audiences, this mom, anti-human-trafficking activist and aspiring race car driver (don’t discount this woman) is looking to make you laugh.
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands on the wheel looking out the side wearing a red and black jacket

Hollywood, California

Eugenia Kuzmina just wants you to smile. After decades of gliding along catwalks as an international supermodel and being told not only not to smile, but to haughtily gaze just above the heads of her audiences, this mom, anti-human-trafficking activist and aspiring race car driver (don’t discount this woman) is looking to make you laugh. 

You heard right. She’s on the fast track to becoming a comic. It’s all part of her outreach. And when Eugenia reaches out, her arms spread wide, worldwide, actually. 
Abingdon Co. image Displays Eugenia Kuzima, model and actress, blonde woman wearing a long red dress sitting on a ledge with her arms on her head. Daytime and she is smiling and looking off in the distance
Abingdon Co. image Displays Eugenia Kuzima, model and actress, blonde woman wearing a long red dress sitting on a ledge with her arms on her head. Daytime and she is smiling and looking off in the distance
Abingdon Co. image Displays Eugenia Kuzima, model and actress, blonde woman wearing a long red dress sitting on a ledge with her arms on her head. Daytime and she is smiling and looking off in the distance
Abingdon Co. image Displays Eugenia Kuzima, model and actress, blonde woman wearing a long red dress sitting on a ledge with her arms on her head. Daytime and she is smiling and looking off in the distance

Supermodels of Comedy

“I love stand-up comedy. I just did a comedy show,” she grins. “We raised a lot of money to fight human trafficking,” she explains. The sold out show was produced with help from Katie Ford, the head and founder of the Ford modeling agency. “She is an incredible person. We’ve created a "Supermodels of Comedy," stand-up show that we are planning to turn into a special and do as a live traveling show. I also created my producing company this year to be able to act and give back. I believe in integrity, and art as a powerful tool to reflect on society. It connects. It unites. We need to grow in a more compassionate and inclusive way as a whole.”

Getting "Discovered"

Eugenia has seen how young men and women can be easily seduced by the potential for stardom in her current hometown, Los Angeles. “People are not educated that human trafficking is the number one problem right now in Los Angeles. They start modeling, a lot of times, for people who say, take their passports and then tell them they own them. I think it's really important to educate young girls and boys,” she says. 

Her broad vision comes from humble roots and long experience. Born in Siberia to two Russian scientists, Eugenia, her parents and her sister first lived through the transition from Russian communism to Russian capitalism, and the anarchy in-between. It was a rough time for the family, who had lived comfortably before the regime change. But with change came opportunity, and by 13 years old Eugenia had been “discovered” by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev. She wasn’t the tallest, but the designer saw something, and took her on. Suddenly money wasn’t a household problem anymore, with Loreal, Max Mara and more knocking on the door. 

The Pressure's On

She was too young for the Miss Russia beauty pageant title, but a scout in the wings convinced her and her parents to sign on with a Paris agency, and Eugenia moved there. Her father died. The pressure on Eugenia to provide for her family drove her into anorexia. It was not a good time. And then again, another designer, this time Yves Saint Laurent, took the chance, and Eugenia found herself strolling the runway with Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni and Claudia Schiffer, among other greats. She was a supermodel. 

Over time modeling (and parenthood) led to her other passions, from acting and stand-up comedy to golf and, these days, driving competitive race cars. 

Women Can Do Anything

“It is very important for me to break stereotypes,” she says, clad in an impeccable cream and red striped nomex racing jumpsuit, her Abingdon Co racing watch prominent on her wrist. “You know, no matter what you do, you can always make your life happen. It's really important to be independent. And you know, take care of your family. I believe we're not supposed to be boxed into anything. I believe we're not supposed to be typecast,” she continues. “I think we can do everything we want to do. I think fashion is really important and that's why I love AbingdonCo watches. I fell in love with this watch just because it's beautiful. I think it really shows the feminine and the masculine side at the same time,” she says.
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands lifting a helmet to her head while she wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands lifting a helmet to her head while she wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands lifting a helmet to her head while she wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina sitting in a race car with her hands lifting a helmet to her head while she wearing a red and black jacket

Racing Cars

Eugenia found auto racing because she used to hang out around race car drivers and model with cars. “My image was on a lot of calendars,” she chuckles. 

“And one day, I showed up to this photo shoot with my high heels and they said, you're hired here to race cars, not just to model. So I took it seriously! I mean I would love to do Formula One and I'm going to Monaco this year, which is a pretty intense race,” she continues. 

To date Eugenia has done some drag racing, which she deemed super fun, and some wild road racing as well as track racing. 

“When I prepare for a race, I have to be super focused,” she says. “It takes a lot of adrenaline and it's amazing. You have to be in the moment. You must think about the race, the car, how it behaves. It all takes a lot of dedication, a lot of sleep, too! And I always think about my kids,” she smiles.
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina standing  with her hands holding a helmet looking to the side wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina standing with her hands holding a helmet looking to the side wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina standing  with her hands holding a helmet looking to the side wearing a red and black jacket
Abingdon Co. Image Displays Model actress, Eugenia Kuzmina standing with her hands holding a helmet looking to the side wearing a red and black jacket

Protecting the Vulnerable

One day soon she hopes she can race to benefit her other passions, such as stopping human trafficking, the same way she is doing with her stand-up comedy. It is all a part of her desire to give back to a world that has opened opportunities to her to rise from the poverty of Siberia in the 1990s to her exquisite, abundant southern California lifestyle today. 

“You know, anybody who is vulnerable and trying to get about a life on their own has to be protected, and that's number one for me,” she explains. “Because I think giving back is so important. That’s my passion.” 
What she says about her Abingdon watch

“I think we can do everything we want to do. I think fashion is really important and that's why I love Abingdon Co watches. I fell in love with this watch just because it's beautiful. I think it really shows the feminine and the masculine side at the same time,”

What she wears:
Jordan Watch
Tachymeter, Stopwatch, Military Time, Date Function, 5 Hand