From growing up in a small village in Eastern Europe to a blossoming modeling and music career in New York, Elena Matei is having her moment. She tells The Daily how it all feels like a dream sometimes. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE THOMPSON
What was your childhood like?
I’m from Moldova originally, which is in between Ukraine and Romania. It’s called Bessarabia also. I grew up in a normal family. We were very modest. I have two brothers and mostly spent time in the city when we were in school. We also spent time at my grandfather’s little village next to the city. I was always there to help and sometimes
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