Born in Kiev, Ukraine which was under Communist rule as part of the former U.S.S.R., Victoria always dreamed of coming to America. Raised by anti-Communist parents, she diligently studied English with the hope of following that dream. At the age of 16, she became the first Soviet teenager allowed to come to the United States as a high school exchange student on a full academic scholarship.
After scoring higher than 95% of college-bound American students on the verbal portion of SAT, Dr. Z was placed in a college track instead of high school. Seizing that opportunity, Victoria received her bachelor's degree in psychology at the age of 18. By 19, she had the honor of being accepted into a prestigious joint law and psychology graduate program hosted by Villanova Law School and Drexel University.
She received her J.D. degree in law in 1997, and became a member of New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. She received her M.A., and then her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003. Relentless in her intellectual pursuits, Dr. Z has also completed her post-doctorate certification in sex therapy under the direction of one of the most prominent sex therapists — Dr. Sandra Leiblum at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Concurrently with her academic career, Dr. Z managed to forge a career as a model. Discovered by a Playboy scout in her second year of law school, she became Playboy's Miss October 1994. Her Playmate pictorial, entitled "From Russia with Brains" gained her instant media popularity and landed her several Philadelphia magazine covers and Philadelphia's Best Beauty title.
She has appeared in numerous foreign editions of Playboy, Playboy catalogues and Special Editions and was named Playboy's BOL Readers' Choice Model in 1998. Following the suggestion of her fans, she posed for Penthouse, and in June 2002, she became Penthouse Pet of the Month. Being the overwhelming choice of both the fans and the editorial staff of Penthouse, she was elected Penthouse Pet of the Year for 2004.
Dr. Z has appeared on "The Tyra Show," and is regularly featured on "Geraldo at Large" and "Hannity and Colmes." She happens to be the only woman who has been both a Playboy Playmate and Penthouse Pet of the Year.