Katsia Damankova Zingarevich (born 1990), better known simply as Katsia Damankova, is a supermodel from Belarus. Katsia is famous for winning the 2006 Ford Supermodel of the Year competition.
She walked in the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Katsia was just a 17 year old high school senior when she was sitting in a Minsk cafe doing her homework. Then, lightning struck.
A modelling agent spotted her and gave her his card. While hesitant at first, Katsia was convinced by her mother to try modelling.
Katsia then entered the Ford competition, and of course won. The judges voted unanimously for her. She won a $250,000 modelling contract with Ford, and appeared in a four-page Nexxus ad in Vogue and Allure.
Katsia has walked the runway for some of the top designers, including:
- Ready to Wear (Autumn/Winter 2006, Spring/Summer 2007, Autumn/Winter 2011)
- Stella McCartney (Autumn/Winter 2011)
- Victoria's Secret (Christmas 2010)
Katsia has represented lingerie brand Intimissimi and Ralph Lauren. Katsia married businessman Anton Zingarevich, who bought Reading FC (football club) for £25m. He is a Russian tycoon based in Miami.
Obviously a stunning supermodel, Katsia Damankova changed her professional name to Katsia Zingarevich. However, she is still known by both names.
Katsia is still repped by Elite Model Management Paris, though she appears to have cut back her modelling since getting married.