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Rozalia Russian talks about being a ballerina and a style icon

Mum-of-two Rozalia Russian is known for her must-have fashion collection drops with Atoir and her sage beauty advice – but what many of her fans don’t realise is that her work ethic comes from 13 years as a ballerina.

The 34-year-old who lives in Melbourne with her husband Nick and two children, Willow, eight, and Kingston, five, spent much of her formative years behind a barre and wearing pointe shoes, which has turned her into the determined young businesswoman she is today.  

‘My mum was a gymnast. All she wanted to do growing up was ballet but her mother had chosen gymnastics for her. She always said when she had a daughter they would dance, and that was me,’ Rozalia told FEMAIL.

‘When I was three years old she enrolled me. I absolutely loved it growing up. I’d be at the dancing school five days a week as soon as I finished classes for the day.’  

Mother-of-two Rozalia Russian is known for her must-have fashion collection drops with Atoir and her sage beauty advice but what many of her fans don’t realise is that her work ethic comes from 13 years as a ballerina

'My mum was a gymnast. All she wanted to do growing up was ballet but her mother had chosen gymnastics for her. She always said when she had a daughter they would dance, and that was me,' Rozalia told FEMAIL

‘My mum was a gymnast. All she wanted to do growing up was ballet but her mother had chosen gymnastics for her. She always said when she had a daughter they would dance, and that was me,’ Rozalia told FEMAIL

Her love affair with the movement and precision required to take the classes helped Rozalia form strong bonds and friendships with other dancers.

‘One day when I was 12 my mum enrolled me into the Australian Ballet summer camp… it’s basically where outside students could come in and get taught,’ she said.

‘During the course of the camp the instructors asked my mum if I would like to join them as a student full-time… I was actually the first person to ever be accepted by the Australian Ballet without a formal audition.’

So Rozalia transitioned to the national ballet school, learning regular high school subjects like English and geography in between dance classes.

At the end of Year 10 when the talented ballerina was 16 there were 18 people in her classes. Over the course of the following two years auditions would be held and one boy and one girl would be chosen to dance professionally with the Australian Ballet.

So Rozalia transitioned to the national ballet school, learning regular high school subjects like English and geography in between dance classes

So Rozalia transitioned to the national ballet school, learning regular high school subjects like English and geography in between dance classes

'It was going to be very, very competitive to get to that point. I started to realise that my heart just wasn't in it to work for the possibility of that one spot, so I left,' she said

‘It was going to be very, very competitive to get to that point. I started to realise that my heart just wasn’t in it to work for the possibility of that one spot, so I left,’ she said

‘It was going to be very, very competitive to get to that point. I started to realise that my heart just wasn’t in it to work for the possibility of that one spot, so I left,’ she said.

‘I moved to an all girls Catholic high school after that and did a little bit of dancing on the side. Maybe I was burnt out from years of ballet but I needed a break.’ 

While she doesn’t use her core ballet training everyday it still comes out in her gym workouts four times a week when she points her toes to jump into the air, according to her trainer.

Rozalia also enjoys a hot Pilates class twice a week to maintain her core fitness.  

Life has changed a lot for the ex prima ballerina since her teenage years, with her focus now on being a mother, a co-owner of European-inspired establishment Bar Bambi and a fashion influencer.

Life has changed a lot for the ex prima ballerina since her teenage years, with her focus now on being a mother, a co-owner of European-inspired establishment Bar Bambi and a fashion influencer

Life has changed a lot for the ex prima ballerina since her teenage years, with her focus now on being a mother, a co-owner of European-inspired establishment Bar Bambi and a fashion influencer

Rozalia recently partnered with Billini for a range of 90s inspired shoes, her Atoir collaboration sold out in 20 minutes and she has worked with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani Beauty and Furla to name but a few luxury labels.

On Mondays the 34-year-old tries to get all of her admin work and appointments out of the way – which can include paying bills, visiting the doctors and catching up on emails.

Tuesdays are meeting days with her management team, Wednesday and Thursday are ‘shoot’ days for collaborations and social media content and ‘Fridays are when I’m getting inspiration for my new collections’, she said.

‘Each day I finish work at 2.30pm, then I do school pick up and take them to all their afternoon activities. My husband does every single drop off in the morning,’ she said.

Her husband’s other main project is Bar Bambi, which stems from his love of Italy and dinners that turn into ‘long nights’ with friends.

Her husband’s other main project is Bar Bambi, which stems from his love of Italy and dinners that turn into ‘long nights’

It was a five-year project in the making, delayed mainly by Melbourne’s copious lockdowns during Covid before it was launched to the public in November 2021.

‘It has been so well received in Melbourne. I help with the florals and styling, as well as the staff uniform,’ Rozalia said. 

The couple and their family are planning on a European summer trip this year as the school holidays approach once again but will most likely hit up their favourite spots in Italy rather than trying someplace new.

‘We have a few key places that we love to go over there,’ she said. 

But before they jet off Rozalia will be preparing her cooler wardrobe for Melbourne’s icy winters, leaning into her favourite thermals from Uniqlo which sell for $39.90 each. 

‘They are so thin and silky. I wear them underneath my suit pants and my knits, you don’t need as many layers that way,’ she said.

‘My winter wardrobe has always been very neutral, grey, black and navy. I am obsessed with brown, chocolate pieces this winter.’

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