Nataliya Bulycheva: Rhythmic Gymnastics and Fashion


Nataliya Bulycheva for Dolce and Gabbana 2017

Former Russian rhythmic gymnast, Nataliya Bulycheva is now a shining star in the fashion world.

Before she made her runway debut and becoming a new face in fashion world, Nataliya was a member of the National Team of Russia in Rhyhmic Gymnastics, attending to several international tournaments. She is also Master of Sports International category in Rhythmic Gymnastics.


Nataliya Bulycheva “Black Swan” editorial


Nataliya Bulycheva for Elie Saab

Natalia is nowadays working with top fashion agencies such as Elite Paris, Barcelona, Milan and London. She walked for iconic fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Hermes, Roland Mouret and Elie Saab.


Nataliya Bulycheva, Grand Prix Moscow


Nataliya Bulycheva, Universiade Kazan

Other examples of former gymnasts that now work as a model are:

Sofia Tesmenitskaya (Russian National team) who has really strong features in fashion world: Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein…
Mar González, Spanish new face, Givenchy Fall/Winter fashion show opener. Mar competed in Spanish Nationals and trained at the same club as Eugenia Onopko.
Elena Sudakova, worked for the best designers in the world and was a member of Russian team since 1999 to 2002.


Nataliya Bulycheva for Hermes

Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards: Decoration

Most of Rhythmic Gymnastics leotards have thousands of crystal rhinestones fixed. But the new trends are about sequins, drappery, appliques and even feathers. Here are some examples:


Ukrainian leotards include mesh as a decoration of their leotards. Eleonora Romanova, Tamara Yerofeeva and the senior Group wore leotards with mesh on them.



Sequins are the basics of a leotard. Before crystal stones, sequins were seen on all top leotards.



Drapery was not very popular but gymnasts such as Anna Rizatdinova and Almudena Cid introduced this kind of decoration on their beautiful leotards.



One of the most famous Anna Rizatdinova’s leotard was made with velvet. Such a beautiful piece of art.



Gymnasts like Aleksandra Soldatova and Yeon Jae Son include flower appliques on their leos.




Russian gymnasts always innovate. They even are including feathers on their leotards. Here’s Margarita Mamun on her “Black Swan”routine during Rio Olympic Games. This incredible leotard suited perfectly her ribbon exercise.


Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards: Designer Inspiration


Russian Group 2011 iconic leotard, that reminds Valentino’s roses

Leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs wore by gymnasts. Some of them are also covering legs and they are called “unitards”. Leotards designers can find their inspiration on fashion runways. Here are some examples:



Margarita Mamun

Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun, wore a leotard that was clear an inspiration of Versace’s Runway gown that was also seen in supermodels such as Gigi Hadid.

Russian team gymnast, Karina Kuznetsova wore a leotard inspired in Valentino’s original gown. This leotard was worn as its first time by Margarita Mamun.

Yana Kudryavtseva loves fashion and that can be also seen on her leotards. Yana wore all her new 2016 season leotards during Baltic Hoop 2016. Her ball leotard was an inspiration on an iconic design by Dior Couture.

Margarita Mamun

Photo by Enrico Della Valle

Margarita Mamun’s butterflies leotard was a leotard adaptation from Jean Louis Sabaji SS 2013 Ready To Wear collection.



Another case in point is this beautiful leotard inspired in Elie Saab’s Couture 2013 gown, wore by Margarita Mamun



Yana Kudryavtseva wearing an inspired leotard on Elie Saab’s SS 2014 Runway Gown

Most Expressive Gymnasts

Each different gymnast has her own charisma, we can see it in their routines. Which are the most expressive gymnasts?

1. Natalia García (ESP)


Natalia García has half Spanish half Russian blood and that is showed on her original routines using from classical to pop music such as Thalia.

2. Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)


Ireesha Blohina (Anna’s coach) knows that Rizatdinova is really expressive and chooses music that suits Anna very well. She loves Michael Jackson and Lana del Rey.

3. Varvara Filiou


Varvara is extremely kind with her fans and that is really well known. She can perform under traditional Greek music or modern music.

4. Carolina Rodríguez (ESP)


Spanish top current gymnast, Carolina Rodríguez is nowadays one of the top most expressive gymnasts. She can execute under Spanish music, Flamenco or Classical. “My parents are deaf but they can guess what kind of music I am performing just because of my moves”

5. Polina Shmatko (RUS)


Polina is fierce. Her routines are unique and really different from other junior gymnasts of her age.

6. Daria Svatkovskaya (RUS)


Former European Champion, Daria Svatkovskaya surprised the audience during Vienna European Championships. Her hoop routine was the best of hoop final, beating even Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryatseva. Daria retired because of a back injury.

7. Alina Maksymenko (UKR)


Alina was audience’s favorite during London Olympic Games. Her expression and moves were unique.

8. Daria Kondakova (RUS)


Daria Kondakova retired just some months before London Olympic Games because of a knee injury. Her routines were strenght personified.


Interview to Natalia García


Natalia garcia timofeeva

                      Photo by Alberto López

Natalia García Timofeeva is an individual senior gymnast from Spain. Right now she is the second gymnast of the team, just behind Carolina Rodríguez. Natalia is training in Sant Cugat (where Almudena Cid did) with her coaches Toni and Iratxe since she was 9 years old.

“Almudena Cid is an icon for me. When they invited me to train with her I didn’t realize how great she was”

Natalia García was a star during last World Cup that was held in Guadalajara, Spain:

“When I compete in Spain I feel that I really need to do it well. It is difficult to deal with the tension. My execution is mechanic. I don’t need to think. If I think in a different thing, then it is when the error comes.”

“How can I describe myself? I think that I am a different gymnast. I can say that my elements are quite rare and this is because of my charisma. I want to attract attention from the judges and of course, the audience.”


Gymnasts’ Signatures/ Autographs (I)

How is the signature of your favorite gymnast? Have you ever imagined? During press conferences or after competitions gymnasts sign pictures and they even receive gifts for their dearest fans!

IMG_5617Margarita Mamun (RUS) – Euskalgym 2015


Margarita Mamun’s autograph


Margarita Mamun (RUS)- Euskalgym 2015



Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) – Euskalgym 2015

IMG_5621Dina & Arina  Averina


Neviana vladinova

Neviana Vladinova (BUL)


Carolina rodriguez euskalgym

Anna Rizatdinova & Viktoriya Mazur (UKR)

Interview to Carolina Rodríguez in Belgrade


During last weekend, Carolina Rodríguez and her teammates from Spanish National Team and Club Ritmo, from León (Spain) were invited to Palilula Cup in Belgrade. Carolina performed over there her gala. Carolina is 11 times National Champion and Mediterranean Games Gold medal. Olympic Games in Rio will be their 3rd Olympic Games. She also will be the oldest gymnast ever in Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics discipline.

– How did your gymnastics career start?

– For my parents it was actually very difficult. Both are deaf. I must communicate with them using my hands. That´s why my coach realized I could even perform a story using only my hands. And this is how my career started. After two years I became Spanish National Champion . We had a lot of difficulties: our club had not very good facilities (cold, low ceiling…) so that we had to train in a church. I even was called ” The Miracle Champion”.

I joined National Team as a junior gymnast and after a year, in 2001 I competed in World Championships in Madrid

After so many years, you still have the strenght for training

– I have to say I do everything with passion. Of course I had bad moments. But just one good moment worths the bad moments.

“In 2007, Spanish National Federation asked me to leave the team. I was really sad and I stopped doing gymnastics for 6 months.  Then I was back and after a year, the Federation said I was selected for representing Spain. But I decided not to leave my hometown, León. ”  – said Carolina

– How was your stay in Belgrade?

– Carolina will only perform a Gala over here – said Ruth, her coach – but Sara Llana from National team is also here and two other junior gymnasts: Paula and Olatz. We think we have a really different style.


The very best of year 2015



The year that is previous to the Olympian one is always one of the most important moments during the preparation for Olympic Games. In adition, this year the European Games took place in Baku for the very first time in history. These are some of the most remarkable moments during the year.


Yana Kudryavtseva becomes European Games All-Around Champion

Russian grace won gold at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

yana kudryavtseva 2015

New Olympic Qualification System

Natalia gaudio

  • Only 15 countries (max. 2 per NOC) qualified directly from World Championships in Stuttgart. These were:
    United States
    South Korea
  •  Olympic Test Event, with 26 participants including NOCs (ranked between 16-24 and the best 13 gymnasts not qualified in AA final in World Championships) have the possibility to qualify to OG. These will be the top 6 gymnasts, max. 1 per NOC.
  • Brazil, as the host nation has an invitation.
  • 3 invitations go to continents not qualified
  • An invitation is also given by the tripartite commission


Yana’s incredible ball routine during World Championships Stuttgart 2015

Kudryavsteva was injured during WC.

Carolina Rodríguez will be the first rhythmic gymnast that will compete at Olympic Games with 30 years old



Jasmine Kerber announces her retirement

The American gymnast Jasmine Kerber decided to stop doing gymnastics after World Championships.