Julia Lemigova is famous for launching blending international concepts of wellness, starting skin care line Russie Blanche, and snagging the last Miss USSR crown before the iron curtain fell. After winning the pageant and years of modeling, Lemigova opened a well-being center in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, which became the place for the Parisians social set. After listening to her client’s needs for six years, she launched Russie Blanche in 2009, in collaboration with Parisian dermatologists and scientists keeping in mind Russian beauty traditions that includes adaptogenic plants like Siberian Ginseng and Golden Root mixed with a dash of French luxury. This marriage gave rise to treatments like cleansing with Siberian petals and salt caviar body polish. One year ago, Lemigova moved to Miami where she is absolutely loving her new home, and introducing her first rate products to the American market.
Where were you born ?
Founder and CEO of luxury skincare line Russie Blanche
I have two: Nobu and Sardinia
Best Sunday brunch:
My favorites are Zuma and The Biltmore Hotel
Best place for a power business meeting:
I like to meet for a cup of tea a the St. Regis
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Delano, Soho House and the Setai are my go-to recommendations.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
When I'm feeling a bit extravagant head straight to the Bal Harbour for Neiman’s.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Loree Rodkin is a great friend of mine. Her style always inspires me to be a bit more edgy, which is why I love how her pieces are a mix of modern and old world. For watches I like vintage Rolexes, they are classic, simple and gorgeous.
Essentia spa at Delano hotel, they now offer Russie Blanche signature treatments including my favorite Russie Blanche Massage.
Prime 112... it’s so decadent!
What is your formula for keeping your high-end and/or high profile clients happy?
Personal attention, is always something that people are very sensitive to. The policy in Russie Blanche is to give as much recognition and appreciation to all of our clients no matter of how high their profile is.
In your opinion, what are the best, most exclusive neighborhoods in your market?
I love Coconut Grove for its amazing charm and authentic places, but I also love stopping in the Design District, admiring the galleries and the street art.
What makes your city unique?
I see Miami as a unique place where you can hide and be seen as you choose. A great combination of beautiful wild nature and modern art, opera and ballet just minutes away from each other. A colorful mix of people and cultures. I love my new home!!!!
If you could live anywhere and money was not an object, where would you live and why?
It would be definitely a house not an apartment, since I have 4 dogs, a cat and a African grey parrot. My dream has always been to wake up in the morning and see water. So a house on the open water, please!