Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hair statements

(Thanks to friend Eric Lord for cluing me in to this amazing hair, and woman.)

Photo courtesy of The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the
Russian Federation / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

Valentina Petrenko, pictured above, is a Russian politician who has served as a Russian Federation Senator from Khakassia since 2001. (This, and more, at Wikipedia.)

Her hair makes a definite statement. Perhaps not surprisingly, big hair is a cultural thing in Russia. In the article "The Hair That Launched a Thousand Tweets" at the Messy Nessy website, journalist Anna Nemtsova offers this explanation.
As for the hair, well, it’s not actually that uncommon in Russia.To Westerners, the big hair trend brings back somewhat unfortunate memories of the ‘80’s, but to ordinary Russians, the style is associated with an “important” woman who has reached a respectful age. The look is normally accessorized with large and expensive gemstone earrings, long nails, and broad-shouldered jackets. [It’s a] self-defensive move.
In addition to speaking Russian, Petrenko speaks Polish, English, and Spanish. When she was serving as a member of the Russian Foreign Ministry in 1993 she negotiated the release of child hostages for which she was awarded the Order "For Personal Courage." (Details at "Who Is Valentina Petrenko?")