The first lady of Ukraine, Elena Zelenskaya, reacted to the negative comments of Ukrainians about her photo shoot for Vogue.
She expressed her reaction in an interview that was broadcast on the air of a nationwide telethon, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“It’s not the first time for me. I’m already starting to get used to it. I understand that everyone has the right to their opinion. Democracy – it is democracy. Everyone can express their opinion. Perhaps I sometimes feel a little unpleasant form in which it expressed, but these are my emotions,” Zelenskaya said.
Spouse President noted that from an aesthetic point of view, one may like something or not like something, but, in her opinion, photos in Vogue will only add points to Ukraine in the international arena, since this publication is read by millions of people in the world.
“I would like to look at the person who would refuse Annie Leibovitz if she offered to take a picture of him … We will revise the concept, but until the end you can not know how it will be. When you are personally invited by Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue – ed.), and then adds that Ani Leibovitz will shoot, you should not refuse,” Zelenskaya added.
In addition, the first lady noted that this is not the first time that the opinions of Western experts and Ukrainians regarding photographs differ. “Of course, this is normal. We must speak frankly about ourselves. Therefore, I treat this situation with understanding,” she stressed.
At the same time, Zelenskaya said that her photo session lasted several hours, and the photo session of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky lasted 15-20 minutes, since he did not have more time. She also commented on shared photos with her husband: “Fortunately, we feel each other. We don’t need to play anything to get a good photo.”
As reported, the wife of the President of Ukraine Olena Zelenska gave an interview to Vogue, and her photo appeared on the cover of the publication. Some Ukrainians ambiguously perceived the photo of the first lady. Some made negative comments, ostensibly because of Zelenskaya’s unfeminine appearance.
Photo: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, Vogue