Okay, so one minute you’re a shy Bulgarian schoolgirl walking home from school, and the next you’re acting in an epic movie about a national hero and launched on a high-flying career as one of you country’s top fashion models. Where do you go from there? New York City, of course.
Born in Rousse (“ru-SAY”), an industrial port on the Danube River in northeastern Bulgaria, actress-model Anna Kulinova had no thoughts of either modeling or acting when director Mihail Getsov spotted the blue-eyed blonde waiting to cross a busy street. That meeting led to a small part in Dan Koloff, Getsov’s 3-hour biopic about the World War I - era émigré who, as “The Balkan Lion,” becomes an international wrestling champion and a Bulgarian folk hero.
That first exposure - plus Anna’s drop-dead gorgeous, Marilyn-esque good looks - opened the way to a career as one of the country’s best-known and most sought after models. After that, ready for bigger things and eager to pursue opportunities in acting as well, she made the jump to New York, arriving in Manhattan with little money and no local fashion-industry connections whatsoever.
It didn’t take her long to sink her teeth into the Big Apple. After making the rounds of the agencies for only a few days she started to land assignments, eventually working with such noted photographers as Rob Epsten, Patrick McMullan, Rob Wilkinson, Marco Pedde, Mark Odgers and traveling to most major U.S. cities as well as shoots in Italy, France and Malta.
If Anna’s face looks familiar, it probably is. The energetic and ambitious beauty has managed to score an impressive body of work in strikingly short span of time. She’s been in Vogue, Glamour, InStyle and many other national and international publications, in lingerie and swimwear catalogues, calendars, and billboards and on the cover of Coutours (the top intimate-apparel trade book) seven times. And oh, yes, that was Anna you saw last winter all around the streets of Manhattan, larger than life and clad only in a black tailored came and bikini bottom, in a Vogue poster on the sides of New York City buses.
She reoccuringly appears in Star magazine and several times in Page Six, New York Post. You can see her in fashion shows for Beverly Hills designer Sonia Été who dresses celebrities such as Paris Hilton. She also poses and wears the beautiful coats of Charm Leather NY. Kulinova’s latest photo shoots are with Ferrari and Maserati’s dealership. She has an uncanny ability to switch in a nanosecond from corn-fed, girl-next-door innocent to tomboy to dark and mysterious - and she’s totally convincing in every guise.
In TV and film, too, Anna has neglected no opportunity. Her future film credits now include Nina, an independent drama about three social outcasts whose lives collide in New York. She was in the pilot episode of Johnny Zero, Frankie G’s new private-eye series on the Fox network, and in Paul Borghese’s film “Searching for Bobby D,” an indie comedy about a De Niro-obsessed Italian-American attempting to make his first film. Kulinova has been seen in Will Smith’s romantic comedy Hitch (Columbia) and on NBC with small parts in both Law and Order and Law and Order SVU and the Nu Image action movie “Shark in Venice” with Stephen Baldwin. You can also watch Anna in Garry Marshall’s latest romantic comedies “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve.” Her latest acting credits have been in Larry Rosen’s horror films “After the Outbreak” and “Cries and Pleads.” She appears as role of Kira in the comedy web series “Maybe Sunshine.”
Kulinova is breaking through the crowd with gorgeous face and European flair. Her latest modeling credits include photo shoots for Sonjja Baram, Foravi Fashion and Maggie Norris Couture. She was also recently featured in 25A Magazine. Kulinova is also a spokes model and has been shot by celebrity photographer Rob Klein (who has worked with Heidi Klum, Emma Stone, etc.) for ad campaigns for Travers Jewelry, Coco 5 - Coconut water, Red Daisy Activewear, fitness accessory brand DBelt and Kicking Mule organic chocolate milk available in Whole Foods stores.
As an entrepreneur, Anna is in the process of developing her own jewelry collection ANNA K which is coming up soon and will be available and represented by Travers Jewelry store on Madison Ave. in New York City. In the acting world Kulinova is excited to take a risk and decide to start producing her own romantic comedy movie based on the true story of her life... Stay tuned!
As an actress, Kulinova selects role models who are versatile as well as glamorous - Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep top her personal list.
Meanwhile, this daughter of a Bulgarian construction engineer has already come a long way fast, and it’s probably a safe bet that she will go a lot further before long. Just keep watching...
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