An independent review from a real user who found his love on Elena’s Models website.
EDIT : the Elena Model’s Website has been completely revamped as of June 2014. It’s mostly a question of design as the main features of the website have not been changed as far as I can see. I will write a new post about this in the coming days, I was not in the position to do it earlier due to my new duties :). Stay in touch ! It’s mostly a series of cosmetic changes, and since I was so used to the previous version I find it a bit less convenient to use, but again I’m an old timer. I suppose newcomers will prefer this new version. It’s like Word or Excel, I still prefer the 2008 version !!
Among all dating websites for Russian girls, Elena’s Models has gained a reputation. It’s arguably one of the best sites, if not the best. Well, in fact it is the best. I have been using the site for quite a long time, because I’m very picky and I wanted to marry only the best girl for me. Trust me, I appreciate all the features of Elena’s Models website, and this is how I found my love. Oh, by the way, at some point I was in touch with the girl circled in pink on the thumbnail above. It did not work but she was sweet. I’m glad she’s on the website’s covers, proves that I have good taste !
On my website, I aim to share my experience about dating Russian women, and how to use Elena’s Models website in the best possible manner. Remember, always be respectful and nice : online dating is not a game. On Elena’s Models you are very likely to find the woman of your dream – this is what happened to me and to friends of mine whom I advised to use the site. If you are looking for a beautiful, sexy and smart bride from Russia or Ukraine, you do not need another site or membership. I’m not saying it’s the best solution : it’s the only one. I am not saying it’s going to be easy, either : you will have to refine your profile and find ways to attract the woman you deserve. I will help you with that in future posts by explaining how to write the best profile, how to respond to ladies, etc.
Meanwhile please note that the links on this site are affiliate links, it means that if you subscribe to Elena’s Models through this site, I will get a small fraction of what you paid. I’m taking advantage of this in order to pay for server and domain name costs. But my review is 100% real and not related to the fact that I put those affiliate links. Apart from using this affiliate system (which did not bring in 1$ by the way, as of today-July 2014- come on chaps subscribe ! just kidding ;)) I have NO RELATION with Elena’s Models, I do not know them and I have no particular interest in their success. I’m not a professional affiliate person, or online marketing expert.
I want to help you find a woman, and I sincerely believe this site is the best out there, as my own experience proves it. After all,
I will soon have a I recently became the proud father of a daughter because of Elena’s Model - yes, my lovely Russian wife is pregnant gave birth. You can be happy, too, Although I wish she could sleep at night. My daugher, of course. So, unlike me just don’t lose time like I did by going on other sites full of spam and scam.
Oh, and if you have any questions, there’s a page for that- all comments are moderated and I read them so I’ll be happy to help. For those of you who are browsing on a mobile or tablet, I have noticed that the blog pages are located at the bottom of the page, so scroll down to see all the content!
Happy reading – Marc
Edit – July 2014 – As I was browsing the site (the new version) I noticed this offer below, which I think is valuable. You have to register for free to have access to it. I don’t know how long it will last.
Check these other posts:
- What you need to know about scammers
- The difference between Russian girls an Western girls
- How to date the best Russian girl in the shortest possible time
- Dating Russian women: do you want a much younger bride ?
- How to check if your girl is really into you
Real Russian or Ukrainian Women
First, on Elena’s Models women are real. They are from Russia, Ukraine, but also other countries such as Moldova, Poland, Romania, Georgia etc. There are thousands of women on the site so occasionnally there will be a scammer who will try to get your money, but this is very rare (and I will explain to you how to recognize them).
On Elena’s Models, scammers are so rare that it’s not a problem, really. The admin team does probably a good job sorting out girls before they profiles are published – I don’t know how they do it, but it works. (Edit : July 2014 ; I asked a female I know (other than my wife) who recenly subscribed to the site. It appears that they always call the woman to see if she’s real. It’s not the best system, because scammers could always pass that easily with a friend’s phone number, but it’s less easy than just subscribing like other sites do. They check the phone number, plus if they hear a male voice I suppose they know what to do) Kudos to them because scammer are artists, it is well known.
I would say there’s less than 5% of scammers on the site, probably around 1 to 2 %. On other sites, there is probably something like 70 to 80% scammers, and on some sites all profiles are fake ! So by using Elena’s Models website, you are going to lose less time : if you are like me, exchanging emails with some moustache wearing computer nerd in Lugansk, Ukraine who pretends to be a sexy 29 years old blonde, is not your cup of tea.
A large choice of women
There are litteraly thousands of girls on the site. You could spend your whole day browsing through profiles, and you would still find someone even better, or different, from the previous girls you found. It could seem too much, but it is not, because you can sort girls using the last login time : this simple feature may return 200 profiles, but you need to pay attention only to those logged in during the past 2 or 3 days. These are the ones who are still actively looking.
Mostly Educated Women
Most women on Elena’s Models website are educated. They come from every background, but generally they are from middle income families and they have a university diploma. Some of them did not go to the university, but it does not mean they are stupid (I remember fondly a hairdresser extraordinaire who decided to go back to school at the ripe age of 26. God, was she stunning). You will not find any bad or stupid person on the site. Of course some women will be very different from what you like, and that’s good: they are better for another man. You have to be clear in your mind about what you like and what you dislike. And if you prefer a woman who wants to stay at home and raise the kids, Elena’s Models has that, too. The girl in the picture above is a profile I clicked on a random. She is 31, she is an engineer and works as junior commercial director in Moscow. If you look closely at the screengrab you will notice that she writes “Ingeeniring”. Bad english spelling or grammar or pronunciation is not a sign that the girl is uneducated, it’s quite common in Russia or Ukraine because the best teachers are American or English people, and they are rare and certainly don’t work in public universities. Therefore many Russian, even young people, carry on the mistakes of their teachers. The one that irritates me the most ? When they say “Gospital” instead of Hospital. They just don’t get it. No bih deal, rihgt?
New Russian or Ukrainian Women Every Week
If you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t despair. New women are subscribing every week. It’s not a bad idea to login regularly and check who is new : you can be the first to message them ! That being said, I would be surprised if you find nobody from the existing profiles. Why does Elena’s Model website have more new profiles each week than any other russian dating website ? The answer is simple : they have gained good reputation in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and neighbouring countries. Girls who find a husband on these site, have friends who, often, envy them. In turn, they advise them to subscribe to Elena’s Models website. My wife did it with some of her friends. That word-of-mouth system is the main reason.
In the screenshot above you can see pictures of new ladies. One nice thing to have is that, when you move your mouse over an image, there is a summary of the girl, particularly the age range she’s interested in. I find this function quite useful because that way you don’t have to click for a profile which is obviously out of your league. Don’t forget that women between 28 to 36 receive A LOT of messages from men over 50 ! It can be okay if the man is in very good shape and young looking but if you have a beer belly and you look every bit your age PLUS the girl mentioned an age range way lower than yours, please don’t bother. If you are 50 and she writes “max age range 48″ it could be OK and I advise you try your chance, but if she wrote “max age range 35″ then just let go and find another one. In the image here, Irina is 26 bit she’s looking for someone at least 9 years older than her so it makes sense that she could accept someone older than than. Again, you have to be in good health !
A second reason is that the Elenas Models website is well know in russian forums and message boards, and if you search “dating agency” with some added words such as “foreign” on Yandex, the number 1 search engine in Russia, you are likely to see Elena’s Models among the first results. They have the best reputation.
A great search tool to find your date
It seems pretty obvious. There are litteraly thousands of russian girls on the Elena’s Models website. So you need to define exactly what you want. You can choose anything, from age to height to weight, eyes color, with or without children, languages spoken etc. Below is the main search area.
Then you can add some details should you have a preference for hair color, eyes colors etc. Then you have Marital Status :
Never Married, Divorced, Widowed, Married or Separated . And an important one :
Has Children Yes/No. You can look for people who want children, who are not sure or who think it’s a decision taken by the couple (pretty rare if you ask me). Then, there’s a search criteria for languages and another for education and profession. Then it’s not completely idiotic to try and find someone who is looking for a man just like you. For instance, age range : one thing that irritates women the most is when men over the maximum age range still write the girl. Well, sometimes it works but you have to be quite good looking.
One of my favourite features is the ability to search by keyword, a la Google. Let’s say you want to find a lawyer who likes flowers : just type “lawyer” and “flowers” and you’ll get at least a dozen profiles. I used this feature when I searched for doctors, for instance, because I assumed they would be smarter than your average Jane. (Not sure I was right on that one but that’s another story).
Don’t be too restrictive though, or you would get very few results. I will write a post about how to search properly, but let me tell you that this is a decisive tool in Elena’s Models website arsenal.
You can also use the predefined searches, by country, by age range or by job. That can be interesting to “spice up” your search a little bit, and let you search across ranges that you would not have thought about.
You can see who viewed you
It does not guarantee anything, but if a woman has clicked on your photo it means the possibility she finds you attractive is higher than if she did not click. Kind of obvious, I know. So that’s a good little thing to have.
Note that sometimes a person will check your profile but they won’t contact you – it does not mean that they are not interested. Russian women, as well as Ukrainian, like when men contact them first, they like to be courted). The problem in that feature is that it is sometimes hard to understand how it is presented: does it display the person by last view order (ie you see on top of the list the last girl who checked you out) or something else ? Sometimes I got perplexed, because a woman who has blocked me would appear on that list 2 or 3 times in a row, which makes little sense. One may click by mistake but I would be surprised if she disliked me and still wanted to see my handsome face. So I would appreciate a little more clarity there: if Elena Models could just display the date and time when the woman viewed me, it would be helpful !
The system of EOI works well !
Please note that the screegrabs in this section date from the previous version of the site.
Since I’m no longer a subcriber and have no intention to subscribe again (my lovely Russian wife would be very surprised wouldn’t she) I am keeping these screengrabs. The interface has changed a lot but the underlying system works in the same way, from what I have been told. It would be lovely if a registered user could send me two or three screengrabs of this function.
EOIs, or expression of interests, works pretty well. You can browse through dozens of girls and quickly contact them. If they like you, they contact you back and you take it from there.
It’s easy, fast, and efficient. On the first image above you can see that Julija, a delicious girl, received my EOI, replied and we started messaging each other. My second EOI was rejected by Olga, but it does not matter much : there are many fish in the pond !
Efficient messaging system to get in touch with your girl
This looks like something easy, but on some websites the messaging system is subpar. On Elena’s Models, it works and does what it is supposed to. You send a message, the girl will receive it, and you know if she has read it or not.
That being said, remember to save
your preferred correspondance : the system will delete emails after a certain period of time. It’s a good idea to print out the messages before, particularly when they contain phone numbers, email addresses or similar important information.
Pricing is quite OK
Apart from the free membership, which will allow you to see the main image and description of girls, there’s basically two plans : Gold and Platinum. The longer the duration, the cheaper (per month) it is. At the time of this writing, the 6-months Gold is $ 149.95 and allows you to contact 50 girls, which is not bad at all : it means an average of 2 girls per week with whom you can exchange a few messages to see how nice they are.
Note that the price below are current as of July 2014, I will probably not update this page very often so check for yourself on the website !
My experience shows that you may want to opt for the Platinum plan ($ 259 for 3 months) because it allows you to contact as many girls as you wish. In my case, I was sometimes not very busy with my job so I could talk with as much as 10 girls in one week. There is also the 6 months Platinum plan. It costs $ 499 but unless you are extremely lucky and very attractive, it will take you more than a few days to find the girl of your dreams. 500 bucks is relatively cheap, because if you marry a russian woman and spend 20 years with her, or 240 months, it means you will have spent $2 per month to be happy Recently, they have added the one-year platinum which is priced at $699. It’s cheaper than paying two times the 6-month (if you need to renew after 6 month it would cost you $998) which means you pay only 200 bucks to get 6 months more. I would probably take that because I’m patient and it took me some time to find my woman. But if you are fast, I guess 6 months is the way to go.
There is also a new plan called “Ultimate”. It’s basically the same as Platinum, but there is “10 profile verification”. Wait a minute, does it mean that the other profiles are not verified ? I don’t think so. They probably do something more. I’m not sure exactly what so I can’t really comment on that.
Translation to/from Russian
My choice was always to prefer girls who would speak a least some basic english. Perhaps it was a mistake, because once I made an exception and I was messaging with an adorable girl named Inessa – she was unbelievably beautiful and kind. But it turned out correspondance with Google Translate is a bit weird, you cannot really express yourself because the translation is so bad. If you want to see what I mean, take any website in Russian and translate it into English: the result is, basically, garbage. Well, Elena’s Models offers a translation service with two levels of quality : basic, which costs $5 for 1000 characters, and “creative” which costs $10. I have not used this translation service myself, but one of my friend has, and he tells me that the exchanges were quite good.
Not only I have never been charged twice, but the name of transaction on the bank statement is not related to Elena Models. It is something like “clickbank sarl” or similar – sorry I don’t remember exactly. What I remember is, when I started using the website I was in the middle of a difficult divorce and my then wife was using everything she could against me. I did not trust, at the time, Elena Models more than any other site, so I also subscribed to another site. The bank statement showed, for that other site, the name of the site which was very clear. So my wife used that against me during the divorce procedure. I know this does not apply to you probably, but I would have largely preferred to avoid this kind of problem ! Elena’s Model have a customer centric approach, which makes them think about every detail.
Useful information about dating Russian or Ukrainian girls
There’s a ton of useful information on the website. Not only advices about contacting women, and making those messages a success, but also various elements about marrying a person from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and other countries. There are different lifestyles, different ways of seeing things, and the Elenas Models site addresses all the concerns you may have in a very clear manner. I have been there, done that, and in retrospect I can say that 100% of the advice they give is good and useful. I will also write my own here, because it’s my point of view and it adds a bit to the story, but these guys can be trusted and in the dating industry it’s all that matters.
So that’s the pros, but what are the cons ?
No review would be complete without covering the disadvantages of a solution, and this applies to Elena’s Model website. It is not a perfect website.
First, one thing which is not really bad in my opinion : the lack of a chat system. Other websites will give you this feature. I personally don’t like it because it’s quite annoying, and from the experience I had on another website, Russian Cupid, it’s also annoying for women (at least when they are real, because like I said already I talked mostly with scammers on the Russian Cupid website – I just lost my time there).
Another problem is the fact that you are restricted to 50 contacts, if you are a gold member. It may seem not enough, but in fact you will have to be more careful about who you contact, and I believe that’s a good choice. Without this rule, it’s tempting to write emails to a hundred or more women, but this is counterproductive. First, because there is no effort involved. On Elena’s Models, women know that you are in fact spending something to message them. With other systems, the messages are worth nothing. The second reason is that chat systems don’t work very well. Not everyone is Facebook or Google or Skype. To have a good, secure and performing chat system requires more resources that an dating website has.
One other issue, is that the system does not keep the emails for a long time. I suppose they have too many users and need to clean up the servers regularly (you can attach images or other elements to each message). However, once you realize this, you get the habit to save any meaningful correspondence. Besides they only delete messages older than 3 months if I’m correct
However regarding emails there’s something which can be annoying: if you are talking with a person, and she thinks you are good for her, or she’s going on vacation or whatever reason, and she decides to switch off her profile, then all emails from her will be hidden as well. Of course they reappear when the profile is reactivated, but if you did not keep her phone number or address elsewhere, or if there was important information in the messages, you won’t have it anymore unless you saved it somewhere else. Note that, if you are talking to more than one girl (as is usually the case) it’s always a good idea to save her profile in a special folder on your computer, because if she switches of her profile you will have a hard time remembering who is who. There are many Elenas and Olgas, and many cities in Ukraine So, save your contacts, and save any meaningful message you have received. I wish there was some kind of “star this profile” and “star this message” feature so that the starred elements would get saved in a sort of folder or wallet, so that even if the person logs out/hides her profile, you can still have access to the information. But that’s not a big deal because you can always save it somewhere else, or take screengrabs. Just remember to do it !
Conclusion of my review of Elena’s Models website
So, if you want a happy relationship with a beautiful and sexy girl, look no further. Like me and hundreds of other guys, open a free account at Elena’s Models website and start searching for your love !
If you have any comments, they are welcome. Please refrain from posting any link to another website, I did not write all this to allow some spammers do some publicity for their business. All comments are to be approved before publication, so if your comment is not related to Elena’s Models or to share your own story about Russian Girls, please refrain from commenting.
Thanks for this interesting and educational review. Any other website you guys would recommend ?
Response: You might want to look at the Links page
Nice website but your posts are too long,. You should include a price comparison.
Response: Price comparison with what ?