The cover of the American “Vogue” with the participation of the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, still arouses many extreme emotions. The magazine also contains an extensive photo session, also by Annie Leibovitz – she photographed Zelenska, among others at the airport near Kiev destroyed by the Russians, or in a shelter.
“I would like you to see every Ukrainian in me. Who is fighting, a volunteer, the one who settles in a camp for forced migrants, or does her job to the sound of sirens” – commented Zelenska’s idea by posting photos on her Instagram. Even so, not everyone received the session well. Both the protagonist and those responsible for the materials are accused of being “unsavory” and “non-empathic”.
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Is it okay to juxtapose a fashion magazine with war?
“The juxtaposition of fashion glamor and war does not appeal to me” – this is what Aleksandra Sobczak, editor of “Gazeta Wyborcza” responsible for, among others, for “Virtual Media”. for “Wysokie Obcasy”, emphasizing at the same time that he understands the motivation in the form of publicizing the events in Ukraine overseas.
However, apart from the ethics of such activities, the cover has also become the object of criticism due to … the pose of Olena Zelenska. Internet users called her “unfeminine” and emphasized that a person holding a position of such rank “is not appropriate” to sit in this way.
“I’m sitting like a girl.” Ukrainian women created a hashtag to respond to the wave of criticism against Zelenska
In response, the hashtag #sitlikeagirl appeared on Instagram (over 5,000 posts have already been assigned to it). Women add it to photos where they sit exactly like Zelenska on the cover of “Vogue”.
“I sit as I want!” – they write. Many of them also mark the official account of the Ukrainian first lady, so that no one has any doubts what the photos refer to.
“Women in Ukraine can live as they want, sit as they please and do what they consider necessary” – the user with the nickname @ ziborova.t signed her photo.
“Do not judge, do not gossip, do not intrigue and … sit down as you like” – we read in the entry @ liliia.rebrik.
Under the hashtag, women of all ages express their solidarity in various locations: from meadows and fields, through their own homes, to art galleries. The frame often features sunflowers – flowers that have become a symbol of the Ukrainian nation.
“It brings strength and well-being to people, it is considered the embodiment of solar energy, good life and health. For Ukrainians, sunflower is a symbol of the motherland, and since ancient times its inhabitants have planted it in their gardens.” This flower has become a symbol of Ukraine because, like the wheat fields, it resembles the colors of the national flag. In Ukraine, there are many legends about the plants-symbols of Ukraine, and in particular about the sunflower, “explained Dagmara Łacny, editor of Ofeminin in March.
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Now the sunflower is also regarded as a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.
The action initiated by Ukrainian women is joined by women from all over the world, including Polish women. It was attended by, among others activists and politicians of the Left.
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