Why do the vast majority of Russian young women look like models?

“Why do the vast majority of Russian young women look like models?”

Not sure about the “vast majority”, but the short answer would be the following.

The immaculate looks of a Russian lady say this to men, clear and loud: “I invest a lot to be my better self, and I expect at least that much of you.”


Russian women—not only those who look like models—are generally high-maintenance. At least, this is what Russian men most often complain about.

If you as a man can handle that, big rewards come to you. This made Russian girls world-famous (What is Russia’s greatest cultural export?). Many outstanding foreigners opted for our girls as life partners. A few years ago, someone counted that while only 15% of the world’s oil comes from the former USSR, we account for half the catwalk models in Paris and Milan.

Being around you, they require a lot of you. Not necessarily money. Attention. Emotional support. Time. Availability. Housekeeping. Million things ladies may be in need of.

Walking perfection

For a regular Russian woman, in Russia, only the best of men is good enough. (Which is why we’re leading the world in divorce stats, looks like.) And if she wants the best, she knows she needs to work for it.

The most massive of the effort goes of course during the age bracket after the teenage The effort begins to taper off when humans are programmed to start getting old, around 28.

However, the new affluence, technology, and unparalleled comfort that Capitalism brought to Russia in the last decades made it possible for Russian women to pursue perfection far into their middle age. You won’t believe how much silicon there is in the faces of Moscovites these days. And I don’t mean President Putin. Regular people in the street.

Why all the struggle?

In Russia, we had a difficult history. We live at a far, cold, vast end of human habitation. A lot of bloody-minded strangers whizzed through our cities and villages with infernal frequency, pillaging and burning everything in their path.

Hundreds of years of imperial wars are no joke. We won quite a few of these, yes. But we Russian men don’t seem to win battles without a whole bunch of us getting killed. Those who come back are utterly depressed by our rulers, our work, and life generally. Many went about killing themselves by heavy drinking, acting stupid, beating sh1t out of each other.

This made our women pure survival machines. The hard knocks of life taught them secret knowledge that’s passed down from generation to generation and help them survive and win the mating game.

It shows

This made Russian ladies what they are famous for:

  • They have the looks
  • They know how to look good whenever and wherever they don’t look good
  • They consider looks as a major factor in what makes a woman an attractive human being
  • They are willing to invest the best part of their lives and effort into looking good
  • They have the discipline and determination needed for the brutal and tedious routine of being a walking dummy. I would have dropped dead on the first day. They go on for years.

Below, a snapshot by Instagrammer David Grigoryan from one of the stations of Moscow Metro. You won’t see stations like that in NYC, London or Paris.

These Russian girls know this is a man’s world. They know the rules of the game. The height of their heels shows the level of their ambition.

They go for a win.

Photo (c) David Grigoryan

Pride and Prejudice/Chapter 11

Miss Bingley made no answer; and soon afterwards got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well;—but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings, she resolved on one effort more; and, turning to Elizabeth, said,

“Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room.—I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”

Elizabeth was surprised, but agreed to it immediately. Miss Bingley succeeded no less in the real object of her civility; Mr. Darcy looked up. He was as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as Elizabeth herself could be, and unconsciously closed his book. He was directly invited to join their party, but he declined it, observing, that he could imagine but two motives for their chusing to walk up and down the room together, with either of which motives his joining them would interfere. “What could he mean? She was dying to know what could be his meaning?”—and asked Elizabeth whether she could at all understand him?

“Not at all,” was her answer; “but depend upon it, he means to be severe on us, and our surest way of disappointing him, will be to ask nothing about it.”

Miss Bingley, however, was incapable of disappointing Mr. Darcy in any thing, and persevered therefore in requiring an explanation of his two motives.

“I have not the smallest objection to explaining them,” said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. “You either chuse this method of passing the evening because you are in each other’s confidence and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking;—if the first, I should be completely in your way;—and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.”

Nina Jacobson: Powerful men do not Wear Toupees

Today we talk to Alex Blumberg about his new podcast “Without Fail” and then, he shares with us his interview with movie producer Nina Jacobson. In it, Nina talks through her biggest failures and most surprising successes.

36 min: Powerful men do not wear toupees.  

I know something about you that you don’t want me to know and that is an indicator of self-doubt


37 min: Never do something that someone isn’t really passionate about

There is no chance that there won’t be some failure so there has to be some room to allow for failure.

‘Beautiful’ and ‘Lovely’: Trump Tweets Reflect Fixation on Women’s Appearances

But his commentary on their looks was in keeping with a long-running tendency by Mr. Trump. He has attacked women who criticize him as having faces “like a dog.” He has denied accusations of unwanted sexual advances toward women by telling people to “look at her.”

He has also denigrated the physical appearance of female political rivals. “Look at that face!” he said of Carly Fiorina, one of his Republican primary opponents, to a Rolling Stone reporter aboard his private plane in 2015.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump retweeted a post from someone who had made a side-by-side comparison of Melania Trump, who is a former model, and Heidi Cruz, the wife of his main opponent at the time, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said the tweet that Mr. Trump elevated.

He never apologized for the retweet, but later told Maureen Dowd, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, that it was a mistake to have sent it.