Meet The Real Svetlana
Svetlana Chernienko's roots are Ukrainian, Belarussian, Russian, & African. She is a Canadian-American Mental Health & Human Rights advocate, fashion designer, Radio show co-host, Producer, TV news contributor and Body positivity model.
Svetlana proliferated on social media after strutting in "THE REAL CATWALK," a show founded by America's next top model contestant Khrystyana for body positivity.
Svetlana also sits at the head of "Welcome To My Everyday," - A Mental Health Awareness Foundation that shines a light on mental health in the black communities founded by Svetlana. She is also the designer and CEO of WÜ-SAH, an eco-sustainable brand with a powerful message about diversity and body positivity; her latest project.
Svetlana started modelling and strutting the world's runways at a very young age, circa 1993, all while enduring her own Mental Health Struggles. As time went by, her need to help others with Mental Health grew so strong that she would dedicate the following years to advocating for Mental Health Awareness, Contributing to various TV News outlets, and becoming a known staple across Canada through her platform.
Her advocacy became so prevalent by helping entire communities that she was awarded by the Canadian Government "The Community Service Excellence Award" in the fall of 2021 for all her great work with Mental Health, Domestic Violence, and Human Rights within the community throughout the years.
As we entered 2022, Svetlana still felt the need to help others and eradicate the stigmas around Mental Health, especially in the black community.
Her journey has taken her full circle, from walking the runways to presenting her new WÜ-SAH eco-sustainable fashion brand in New York's Fashion Week 2022. She now finds herself a few decades later, giving back to an industry that gave her her start; the fashion industry.
Her new line ( Wü-Sah)-encompasses her journey from her fashion days to her mental health & body positive advocacy by showcasing her fashion collection around biophilia, which translates to "love of life." It has helped those struggling with Mental Health through nature. Svetlana also showed diverse types of bodies to help change how we view fashion and the industry by holding space for everyone.
As of 2022 and much of 2023, Svetlana will be working on her eco-sustainable line, publishing her books, journals & self-help guides around mental health. She strives to reach a bigger audience to shed much light on awareness of Mental Health and Body Positivity.
She's hoping to one day have her TV Talk show to spread her positive message and continue to be the "changemaker" she is.
Recently, Svetlana temporarily joined forces with Fm radio station CKUT 90.3 Fm as a Co-Host and producer of The Morning Detour Show, an early morning urban radio show, to continue to create change in the black community in a positive way.