When it comes to pop culture, Ukrainians have long been overlooked in terms of hotness — primarily because any Ukrainians who walked around wearing less than a parka died instantly of hypothermia. Fortunately for us, the 21st century marks the rise of hot young Ukrainian celebs as more and more sexy Slavs have been discovered by Hollywood and the world.
In the words of the Ukrainian passenger on that infamous Seinfeld episode, “You not say Ukraine is weak!” With that in mind, we present you with a list of fourteen sexy Slavs who could keep anyone warm on those cold Siberian nights.
Maksim Chmerkovsky (aka Maks)
This Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, instructor and dance-partner-with-a-temper-but-who-is-always-right on Dancing with the Stars is not only a crazy hot dancer and buff beyond belief. Maks, as he is known, is also the owner of four dance studios in the New York City area and earns bonus points for his work with the kids as one of the creators and directors of Dance Team USA. How glad are we that his stint on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor did not result in true love?
This gorgeous Ukrainian specimen was discovered while he was out to breakfast with his brother in the East Village, signed and rushed to castings. Talk about starting your day off right! He has done editorial for Arena Homme+, Dazed Digital and Vaga magazine, to name a few. He can also do parkour, which is kinda hot.
Adorable little Ukie Sasha Cohen won a silver medal for the United States at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. She’s been on a ton of reality shows, done photo shoots for a multitude of magazines and tours with Stars on Ice. Like every successful Ukrainian, she realizes the importance in giving back and is involved in many charitable organizations and her autobiography Fire On Ice is flying off the shelves. Now that’s hot.
Two for one! Brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko is the Olympic gold medalist in the super heavyweight division, as well as the WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine Champion. His nickname is “Dr. Steelhammer” and he’s single. Perfect if you’ve always wanted to marry a doctor. This Ukie fights for a cause, donating a portion of each purse he wins to UNESCO. He’s like a nice Dolph Lundgren from Rocky 4. You know, the version where he doesn’t kill Carl Weathers.
Meanwhile, older brother Vitali Klitschko, or Dr. Ironfist (I guess it runs in the family), is a professional heavyweight boxer, the current WBC world heavyweight champion, and the first professional boxing world champion to hold a Ph.D. Klitschko is known for his powerful punches and exceptional chin, which has been known to win fights just by its exceptionality alone.
Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko
The Ukrainian footballer — which is snooty talk for soccer player — is the third-highest scorer in the history of European club competition, plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukraine national team as a striker. which is the official football term for an extremely hot stacked athletic male. But most importantly, Shevchenko is a close friend of fashion designer Giorgio Armani, modeling for Armani and opening two boutiques with him in Kiev. Now that’s a friendship with benefits.
Vera Farmiga did not speak English until the age of six, but that didn’t affect her ability to act her ass off. In 2009, she received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role as Alex in Up in the Air, she won Best Actress Awards from the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Did we mention that she was wicked good in The Departed with Matt Damon?
For those with a more eclectic taste in men, this Ukrainian-born singer and composer is the frontman for the critically acclaimed Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello and is considered to be the founder of the Gypsy punk movement in punk rock, which makes him the real Gypsy King. Hütz is also a DJ and actor, which is known in Williamsburg, NY as the hipster trifecta. For those unfamiliar with Gypsy punk, you may have seen Gene alongside the much less Ukrainian and much larger-eyed Elijah Wood in Everything Is Illuminated. He also has a killer mustache
Like any other young incredibly hot Slav working in the States, Anton was approached with multiple modeling offers which he decided to take. Lucky thing for us. Now I can look at those rip-roaring biceps and washboard abs to my heart’s content. Standing around looking pretty isn’t the only thing Anton does. He also writes, does digital design and freehand art.
In addition to Neko Case’s many solo albums, she is also a member of the groups The New Pornographers and The Corn Sisters. Case has made her mark in many musical genres, from punk to country, and has an uninhibited, tell-it-like-it-is take on life. While on stage during one Canadian show, Neko wiggled out of her panties, stuck them on her microphone, and started to sing through them. Move over Ke$ha, there’s a new “quirky” performer in town.
Vladimir is so spicy hot that his racy 2009 Calvin Klein Jeans TV ad filmed by Steven Meisel was banned in the United States. He is currently ranked #22 in the list of top 50 male models, but he’s only 22-years-old so give him some time to crack the top ten. How successful is he? Well, he’s signed up with almost every major agency across the globe. After all, who doesn’t want a piece of this sweet Russian vareniki*? (*Vareniki is a sweet Russian dessert best enjoyed in a tight white pair of CK boxer briefs)
He’s flexible, he’s 25 and he’s very Russian. What could be Veter?
This Eastern European hottie has been on the cover of more than one hundred magazines worldwide. She’s been voted the Sexiest Female Movie Star by the Australian Empire Magazine, ranked #98 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll, #65 on VH1’s 100 Most Hottest Celebrity bodies, #82 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2005″ list and she was named one of the “Twenty Most Beautiful People of the Decade” by Interview magazine. Not bad for a 5’8” Amazonian-Ukrainian princess.
Following in Milla’s sexy footsteps, Mila Kunis has made her own mark on hotness with her steamy girl-on-girl scene with Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Black Swan. She was ranked #54 in Stuff magazine’s 102 Sexiest Women in the World, #5 on Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2011 list, and won the 2011 Guys Choice Award “Holy Grail of Hot.” High honors in hotness!
So there you have it! The Top 15 Ukrainians dominating the hot celebrity charts, proving “Ukraine is not weak!”