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Me seen by a friend of mine, Eugenia Durante, a great journalist and a sensitive woman:

«Kazakh model Nina Sever reminds us to put body and soul into what we do – no matter if we do it with our clothes on or not.

The first time I saw Nina she reminded me of a spider. There was something in the way she moved and talked, staying still for a while and then moving rapidly in an unexpected direction, both with her actions and thoughts, that had a spidery touch. I didn't know of the elegant tattoo she has just above her right breast yet – a black tarantula crawling up a treble clef – but it was like I had somehow felt it.

Her five tattoos and shimmery, long red hair show that she is not that kind of model you would expect to see. She has got a peculiar cautious way of approaching things and people, like a cat trying to decide whether to trust you or not. When you get to know her, though, she staggers you with her sharp laugh and witty humour. It is like knowing two different people: the cold, detached and almost intimidating Nina Sever, with her dark eyes staring at the centre of the lens, and the other Nina, a funny girl who keeps on joking and snooping around.

“It happens to me all the time,” she admits. “Whenever I meet a photographer for the first time, at the end of the shooting he would tell me how amazed he was to see I am also a nice and fun person. I suppose it is the way I am. It takes me a while to trust somebody and when I am working I try to be as professional as possible.”

Her nickname fits her like a glove and hearing her talking you would never guess she is neither Italian nor English. Her real name is Yekaterina Polyakova and she was born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, before moving to Tuscany when she was 10, unable to speak a single word of Italian and feeling a bit lost. At 25 she is now a highly-requested independent model in Italy, as well as an editor and writer.

“I could understand some words but I was not able to express myself. It was driving me crazy. The other kids were always mocking me and I decided I had to do something. I started studying Italian and in one year I was the best in my class. This was when I understood that there is nothing truer than ‘no pain, no gain’,” she says.

Since then, she has never stopped working hard and putting her soul in whatever she does. When you manage to scratch the surface, you get to know a multifaceted personality livened up by a deep curiosity and an iron will.

Nina started modelling for the pin up platform Sick Girl six years ago, when she was 19. Since then, she has shot fashion editorials, beauty, nude and portraits, as well as several videoclips for Italian and international bands. She has worked with well-known Italian photographers, such as Pino Leone and Fulvio Maiani, but she also likes to work with amateurs, if she sees something special in their work.

Being a young, beautiful girl working as a freelance in a sector which requires you to stay naked in front of a camera, she has soon learnt to be cautious and extremely selective. She knows exactly what she wants and what she doesn't, and she is not afraid to ask for it.

“I work with many male photographers and I had unpleasant experiences with some of them. When you shoot erotic pictures or nude with a man, it is normal to feel some kind of erotic tension between the model and the photographer. It is perfectly fine, I am not ashamed and I like it – it helps me to express myself and translate the erotism from my body to the picture,” she explains.

“But sometimes you just bump into maniacs. I always try to make it clear that I am doing my job, and with time I learnt how to avoid unpleasant situations. The danger, however, is always around the corner.”

Some may say that with her most erotic work she is encouraging a distorted image of the woman, although it is impossible not to notice the complete lack of vulgarity present in her elegant and graceful pictures. She is well aware that when she is posing for an erotic shooting there is a strong sexual element, but she sees no harm in this.

“Eros exists and I see nothing wrong in creating something beautiful, even if it may cause a physical reaction. As long as the intention is pure and clear, it is fine. I don't like when the female body is used to sell products in advertising; I find it too easy, it shows a deep lack of creativity I despise,” she explains.

To her, posing naked is natural and helps her to express herself. She loves the difference between shooting for a woman photographer and with men. When she is working with a woman, she doesn't seem to care if she is wearing clothes or not. She knows they will both focus on the artistic side of it and probably the result will be something delicate, complex, almost romantic. When she is posing for a men, however, things completely change. The sexual element is strong and it triggers the intensity she manages to spread with her pictures.

“I am perfectly aware that I would not be able to do this job forever: I am working with my body and it will get old, too. That's why I cultivate my other passions, writing and music, which I hope will be my future occupations. In the meanwhile, I keep on doing what I do. In the end, posing for somebody is like living a love story: you have to put body and soul into it, otherwise only a fool would expect it to work.”»

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Which one of these pictures do you prefer and why? 

25 deviants said White places by NinaSever
24 deviants said Rainy afternoons by NinaSever
21 deviants said Rainy afternoons by NinaSever
14 deviants said Drops by NinaSever
12 deviants said A catch by NinaSever
9 deviants said The last living rose by NinaSever
9 deviants said In a big city you get big responsibilities by NinaSever
6 deviants said Bline collection by NinaSever
6 deviants said Wings by NinaSever
3 deviants said Fleurs de reve by NinaSever

Bambi Magazine selection

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 17, 2014, 8:59 AM
Hello everybody!

I selected my favorites from the series I made with Fulvio Maiani for Bambi Magazine, I hope you like it! It's almost complete to be sincere, I just excluded three pics or something :D

You can see the complete series here:


It's a mix between erotic and fashion, was something new for me. I really hope to work with Fulvio again, it was a year ago in Milan that we made this editorial.

Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever

Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever

My third Daily Deviation :heart:

Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever

Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever Bambi Magazine Issue XVI by NinaSever

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jackcornelius Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
A truly outstanding portfolio!
NinaSever Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you!
Armed-Greek-shooter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Thank you for allowing the submission request, and the photography you posted in my groups. The work you put into creating with photographers, turns into beautiful art that I am pleased to be able too show in the groups. Hope you are well.
NinaSever Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh this is so kind from you, thank you!
Armed-Greek-shooter Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
You're welcome, be well.
Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2014
You are so beautiful and talented, i'm glad i found your wonderful galleries.
I hope there is much more to come in the future.

NinaSever Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artist
You're so kind, thank you :)
I followed a couple of your links and learned a couple cool things about you (plus I saw all 5 tats :D) I think reading about someone you respect or admire for whatever reason, is something that makes what they do, better in various ways. The keys provided have done just that. Thanks for showing more than just your photography work, it's appreciated. Be well.
NinaSever Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you so much for your comment and such interest in my stuff I publish. I'm glad!
Armed-Greek-shooter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I am not really sure how else to say it, but your work steps out of bounds of the standard that is usually here. Sometimes I am not sure of components in various photos, which makes them more interesting to me. I like the integrity in your work. It's not everyday that someone appears, who breaks the mold of an idea. Have a nice weekend
roosterpeacock65 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your pictures. :) :hug:
NinaSever Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Artist
NigelBritern Featured By Owner Edited Aug 17, 2014
wow You have a lot amazing photo at
NinaSever Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Artist
NigelBritern Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
loved to Your videos, You look very beautiful... (god bless)
Zaigwast Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
:iconfemaleexcellence: Join us ! :D .... monthly art promotion awaits those with great art ! :#1:
If you do so, please submit to the correct category and do not forget about the rules. :aww:
ShinoAmakusa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there, just wanted to say that your works are amazingly great! :) If you want, check out my editorial gallery here on dA as well as my main 500px portfolio at

Maybe I could do some editorial works on some of your works (for no financial benefit and credit) with your kind permission of course ...

Cheers from Canada,
Oleg aka Shino Amakusa
Armed-Greek-shooter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thank you for joining wherebeautyreigns.deviantart.c… Your work is a compliment to the group. I hope you like it there. Be well.
NinaSever Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you ;D
No worries you're welcome :D Hey if you want to see the type of work I actually shoot, swing by my page and have a peek or go too architecturenature.deviantart.… and peruse at your leisure. There is some really nice work there. Have a nice day today.
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