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Russian Women – Bewitched (Part 2) – Photos 46

03/03/2009
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Katya is a serious sweetheart.

Her parents liked the previous photos so much that she asked if we could do a few more…

“Ahh… yeah…”

(Like she really needed to twist my arm right?)

She then asked me…

“How should I dress?”

I just had one of those deer-in-the-headlights expressions on my face as I said…

“Anyway you want to Katya.”

“Anywaaaaaay  you want…”

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54 Responses to Russian Women – Bewitched (Part 2) – Photos 46

  1. Kisha on 03/03/2009 at 8:25 am

    This is so much better, she looks like an angel!

  2. wolverine on 03/03/2009 at 8:51 am

    Yes GL, she needed to twist your rubber arm.
    On another note, is she single??

  3. Hazel on 03/03/2009 at 9:11 am

    What a gorgeous dress. She looks fantastic!

  4. sam ogilvie on 03/03/2009 at 10:17 am

    Hilarious comments, GL. Katya, your parents must of flipped over these pictures. You are spellbinding, and your photographer is on the money as usual.

  5. Manoah on 03/03/2009 at 10:43 am

    katya has got nice complexion.

    -M

  6. rw_man on 03/03/2009 at 10:44 am

    Wolverine.. There was no jealous boyfriend hovering around during our shoots so I’d say that’s a pretty good likelihood.

  7. Bella on 03/03/2009 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, beeeeeautiful girl! WOW!

    This made me smile. She looks angelic.

  8. greenlander on 03/03/2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yummy.

  9. wolverine on 03/03/2009 at 5:33 pm

    Cool to know that she’s single….. For me anyways….. :D

  10. Open Arms on 03/03/2009 at 7:57 pm

    WOW! That is about all I can say. Words cannot describe how beautiful she looks, even with my expansive vocabulary! But if I had to try, I would say: stunning, gorgeous, elegant…like a rose that stands out among all the other wonderful flowers of the field.

    God has truly created a masterpiece in Katya. Part of me feels as if I am not worthy enough to look upon such magnificence. Her future husband will be blessed indeed to have such a wonderful wife. And I really love the dress she has chosen to accentuate that beauty! I am glad she decided to treat us all with another set of fantastic photos.

    Amen.

  11. Manoah on 03/03/2009 at 10:53 pm

    The first photo has really nice juxtaposition of Katya against the floral still painting. The painting accentuates her beauty and she becomes almost by extension a beautiful flower of her own. The angle could have been a little wider to show more of the painting to the right and the rest of her shoulder and arm to the left. Katya seems to like black and white but I honestly think that with her blond her and light color eyes and skin that she would look even more stunning in pastels.

    -M

  12. Hero on 03/03/2009 at 11:34 pm

    Wow :shock:

  13. Sophie on 03/04/2009 at 1:50 am

    She looks unbelievable! (In a GOOD way, but as other posters have said: “wow.”) Thank you so much for sharing.

  14. Taras on 03/04/2009 at 1:23 pm

    That is by far one of the nicest dresses I’ve seen a woman wear, and it suits Katya perfectly. It’s as though she stepped out of a painting or dream into reality…….:-)

    Taras

  15. Sophie on 03/04/2009 at 3:38 pm

    I will say something else about Katya’s pictures too: aside from her stunning natural appearance, she looks genuinely happy and that’s something you rarely see in the west (with either sex.) I suppose it must be true that beauty also comes from within.

  16. Taras on 03/04/2009 at 6:03 pm

    It most definitely does Sophie. She definitely radiates genuine happiness, even when she’s not smiling. Happiness is in part a choice we make, and it does not come from having lots of worldly possessions. Bringing happiness to others will bring happiness to you, it’s that simple. Katya definitely makes other people happy, just with her presence……:-)

    Taras

  17. Bella on 03/04/2009 at 7:40 pm

    “Happiness is in part a choice we make, and it does not come from having lots of worldly possessions. Bringing happiness to others will bring happiness to you, it’s that simple.”

    YES! Truer words could not be spoken :]

  18. rw_man on 03/04/2009 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments..

    Taking photos of Katya was great fun.. If you guys are surprised at how beautiful she looks here imagine my surprise when she showed up at the door :)

    Sure I was expecting something nice.. but I sure wasn’t expecting THIS ;)

    What a doll..

  19. Richard on 03/05/2009 at 2:47 am

    Since I had so much to say regarding Katya’s first set of pics I wouldn’t want to stay quiet now. While she is truly a lovely young woman she doesn’t need an evening gown to prove it. No doubt she would look good in anything, even a potato sack as I think rw_man put it, but black or black and white seem to be her favorite color choice. However, I have to agree with Manoah on what might accentuate Katya’s beauty even more. A bit of color but nothing overstated. Something pastel, maybe turquoise or blue for a normal night out and then for an evening gown I would go directly to a backless, form fitting, floor length in pure red. Something that has a strap around the back of the neck leaving her shoulders and neckline open, like a “sweetheart” or “scoop neck”. At that point I might even see her exchanging her gold cross with chain for a simple strand of pearls a bit looser than choker length. I’d also love to see her in everyday attire or how she dresses when she kicks back for the weekend. I imagine a flannel shirt unbuttoned over a simple T with jeans and a pony tail. (My God I’m rambling on like a little girl who just bought a new Barbie doll) Oh well, as long as GL keeps giving us pics of Katya I will keep fantasizing an opportunity to photographer her myself.

  20. sam ogilvie on 03/05/2009 at 3:22 am

    Kisha,

    I agree with you 100% this time around! Could you tell me(us) a little something about yourself? Where do you live? Do you work, go to school or what? How are the American people perceived in your area? Despite obvious and substantial differences between our countries, our new administration seems to be striving to find common ground and build a stronger and healthier relationship from there. I am encouraged by that, and hope you and your friends are, too. Take care.

  21. wolverine on 03/05/2009 at 5:10 am

    This is one blonde that I could see myself liking. I don’t normally like blonde hair. There are a few exceptions though. She’s one of them. :D

  22. T. on 03/05/2009 at 4:55 pm

    I am sure you did not put all the pictures you took because I cant believe you took only four. Dont hold out on us!!!! heheheh

    T.

    P.S: Havent posted in a while but always watching your writings and as always enjoying them GL

  23. Javy on 03/05/2009 at 11:18 pm

    This is great, great looking girl and the photography was on the money.

  24. adrain on 03/06/2009 at 2:06 am

    they are just too gorgeous…. and so well groomed and looks so classy… she is the dream girl of any man..

  25. Eman on 03/07/2009 at 7:38 am

    Great photos – she is very, very beautiful.

    But try to get her to tone down the makeup a bit – there is a clearly visible difference between the skin tone of her face and the rest of her complexion; makeup should be barely visible and should blend in completely with the rest of a woman’s complexion.

  26. Anna M on 03/10/2009 at 1:03 am

    Wow! She is so beautiful in both sets of photos! She really exudes a kind of Marilyn Monroe quality right down to the little freckle on her lip. Adorable! And the sweetness totally comes across…

    –Anna M

  27. Kisha on 03/12/2009 at 1:29 pm

    Sam, sorry I just saw it. I live and work in Moscow. I can’t say that Americans are percieved better or worse than any other nation, I wouldn’t say that Americans are found more interesting than Canadians, Australians, New Zelanders, British, German, French or anyone else. It depends on a person. And the locals are usually neutral to foreingers.

  28. David on 03/13/2009 at 4:13 am

    As beautiful as she is here, I think her first set of pictures were even more beautiful.

  29. Richard on 03/14/2009 at 4:08 am

    David,
    I know that Katya’s first set of pictures started quite an uproar, but at the end of the day I also like that group better.
    She is obviously a very lovely girl and would look good in anything, but there is an old theory in photography which my generation of photographers called ‘beauty plus beauty’. Essentially what it means is that the prettier the model, the less beautiful her outfit needs to be. In the classic pin up days, whether an artist or photographer, they had their most attractive models in more simple clothes. Back then many thought that more elaborate attire would detract from the model rather than enhance her, which is more in tune with what we do now.
    In Katya’s first set of images there is a sort of ‘edge’ where her natural beauty is contrasted by the more ‘bad girl’ looking clothes. The dramatic lines of her face tend to ‘manhandle’ you back to her while your eye drifts around the rest of her form and outfit. The clothing is drop dead sexy and plays off of her physical appearance in a delightful ‘forbidden dance’ kind of way.
    To be sure, I have over analyzed what I personally consider to be just a darn hot look.
    She is somewhat angelic looking in the second set of images, at least by comparison to the first, but she pulls off both looks very well.
    What guy visiting this site is not at least ‘slightly’ jealous of rw_man’s camera time with such a stunning young woman? (I know I am)

  30. Richard on 03/14/2009 at 4:15 am

    b.t.w.,
    I don’t intend to play down the style or quality of any of Katya’s clothing or clothing choices in either set of photos. I think both are excellent.
    Also, regarding the phrase, “manhandle you back to her”, that should be understood as a very good thing. Many professional models don’t have that ability, but Katya does.

  31. Taras on 03/16/2009 at 6:30 pm

    She’s definitely a woman who would turn heads wherever she goes here in the U.S. or in any western country. What so compelling about here are her eyes, not many women have eyes as beautiful and full of life as hers. I can imagine how some American women would seethe with so much envy they’d look like a cat choking on a canary, LOL.

    Taras

  32. Steve on 03/25/2009 at 5:51 am

    I really love the point of the article, which is, quite simply :

    THIS is a typical woman, one of many millions. This is what women actually look like, this is NORMAL. Her eyes say that she is happy, and sees herself as a normal, healthy, reasonable human being. Someone you can talk to and expect a sensible response out of.

    She doesnt seem to see any big deal out the whole thing – and why not ? She just looks natural.

    Any normal, healthy, reasonable man could form a normal, healthy, reasonable partnership with this lady. Work hard, live honestly wihin your means, raise a strong family together, and enjoy a meaningful and prosperous life together.

    That is NORMAL. It has been this way for thousands of years.

    It was only a few generations ago that Western Women looked no different to this, but something changed along the way. Look at any photos of normal people in western society from not too long ago, and you will see Katya’s everywhere.

    What we are seeing when we glance into the hate-filled eyes of modern western women is an aberration against nature. Today, we are surrounded by women who are quite simply repulsive.

    The rare examples in our society that still resemble human beings are then put on a such a ridiculously high pedastal, that it is no wonder that they are mentally deranged by the time they mature.

    Maybe this is what happens when a society attempts to defy the laws of nature. Consume resources at an unsustainable pace, eat more than its fill, and step beyond its natual boundries. Nature responds appropriately.

    Even a healthy tree in its natural state is a beautiful thing to behold, it makes you smile just to look at it. But if trees decided that they wanted to fly, like birds do, then within a generation or two these uprooted trees would not only have FAILED to take the skies, but they would also turn into twisted ugly carichatures of their forebares. They would no longer resemble trees. Other living things would avoid them, and birds would no longer nest in their branches.

    Is it any wonder then that modern western women DO NOT EVEN LOOK LIKE WOMEN ANYMORE ?

    • olya-lednichinko on 05/29/2009 at 7:20 am

      western women . are THAT BAD??

      come on.. man//

      come on..

  33. Richard on 03/25/2009 at 4:21 pm

    Steve,
    One of the benefits of being involved with photography for nearly my whole life is that I’ve been able to document the changes you are talking about. Several years ago while golfing with an uncle there was a foursome of very attractive young girls ahead of us. They were high school age or a bit older and all were trim, happy, polite and well dressed. After I made the off hand comment to my uncle that the girls didn’t look like that when I was in school, he said that I probably just had other things on my mind back then and never noticed how pretty the girls were. (truth be known, I hardly thought about much else in high school) Later that week I was looking at boxes of old photos and he was right. There were many very beautiful girls in my little midwestern school and town, but I think I just took it for granted that they were there. I generally dated out of town but it wasn’t for lack of nice girls at home.
    But when we look around today at the young western women, the ’20 or 30 somethings’ all we see is anger, bitterness, and lack of a positive self image. I just want to set them all down and say, “Be who you are designed to be, not some photo copy, paper doll princess, but not a softer version of a man either”.
    It’s such a downer to think that the prospects are so gloomy. Even 15 or 20 years ago I still had hope, but in retrospect, the best women in my life at that time were not from the US. The change had already taken place and it was only my ideological dream that women of character were still on every corner.
    Your phrase, “aberration against nature” is (sadly) right on the mark.
    Keep spreading the word that we don’t all have to settle for the watering down and gender blending of modern western culture.

    • olya-lednichinko on 05/29/2009 at 7:26 am

      Richard..

      i havent been to midwest.. but new york and california have such gorgeous women..

      and same in paris..
      what are you talking of?

      regards
      olga

  34. Sean on 04/03/2009 at 8:11 am

    Again, great photos of her. but I I have to say I like the ones of her in black even more. I like the expressions she has in those.

    Interesting the female western reactions towards her. Katya is like a Cinderella and the girls criticizing her clothes are her ugly step sisters. The step sisters wear the most beautiful dresses, are hideous but they think they are beautiful. Cinderella wears the step sisters’ oldest hand-me-downs. The sisters always tell Cinderella she’s ugly. But the truth is Cinderella’s a stone-cold fox, but doesn’t know it. More importantly, she has this inner light that shines even through rough times. That’s the way I see this western girl vs FSU girl thing.

  35. Kisha on 04/05/2009 at 1:38 pm

    It’s quite funny that Cinderella was mentioned, cos this popular fairy tale is uterrly primitive and exploits old christian steriotypes that the good is always beautiful and the bad is always ugly. Btw there’s no inner light or any other positive trait of Cinderella mentioned, which could make one think she’s a nice girl, readers sympathize with her for the mere reason she’s beautiful and being opressed by her *vain and ugly stepsisters*.
    For those ones who don’t belive in fairy tales there’s an alternative version of the story in the book called *Confessions of an ugly stepsister*

    • sn on 09/09/2010 at 9:40 pm

      The portrayal of good=beauty & bad=ugly is not exclusively Christian. These portrayals are much older than Bible stories.
      Even the oldest art, like Egyptian art, ugly character or bad intention is exaggerated through illustration and imagery; such as exaggerated facial features, facial expressions, deformed bodies, etc.. practically every culture and religion is guilty of doing this for the last 10 thousand years.

      A good exaggeration is the animated film snow white, She of course is illustrated as physically beautiful. But her high girlie voice and daintie movements,(and flirting with the dwarves) is just as big an attraction pull. If the disney artist drew on tatts and made her walk and talk like a trucker, her physical appearance wont hold. Even in a still image.

      This is an old thread I see but interesting comments.

      • Richard on 09/15/2010 at 9:17 am

        Years ago in an article about this very topic, I read that the concept of beauty representing good and ugly representing bad could be loosely traced to the earliest known cultures. The connection was made that people with means washed more frequently and those who had nothing often only bathed when an opportunity presented itself. Thus it was originally thought that “good” was applied to clean people and “bad” was attached to dirty ones. From that, clean people were ‘prettier’ and dirty people were considered ‘ugly’.
        Should I ever come across that reference again I will link it to this thread. Even though (as I recall) the whole article seemed ridiculous to me at the time, there are probably some points that I would find more agreeable today.

  36. Richard on 04/05/2009 at 3:35 pm

    Kisha,
    The basic story that we now recognize as “Cinderella” has been told as far back as the 1st century BC, when a young servant girl (Rhodopis, which simply means rosy cheeks) was worked hard as a laundry helper and was constantly teased by the daughters of the lady of the manor, until Pharaoh found her sandal and searched his kingdom looking for its owner who he then falls in love with. There is even a version of this story which was told by Aesop as far back as the 6th century BC.
    Early images of the Cinderella character depicted her as rather plain but the story line referred to her as warm, caring, kind, of gentle spirit and so on. The mention of her ‘beauty’ doesn’t show up until a Chinese version of the story appears in the late 9th century AD.
    The step-sisters, however they appear throughout the many versions of this tale, are generally not referred to as ugly until the late 1800s. They are predominantly described as mean, wicked, hateful or evil and almost always as a result of their own jealousy over a peasant girl who is content with her meager lot in life while they are pitifully spoiled and still always wanting more.
    Relative beauty or lack of it is often directly tied to one’s personality. Amazingly, unattractive people with a great spirit and a frequent smile are not viewed as ‘ugly’ while some people who are quite attractive carry an attitude that life owes them something based on their ‘beauty’ which actually makes very unattractive people to be around.
    To easily explain the envious tendencies of the step sisters, and later to dress up the story for movies the simplification of good and evil is merely drawn down to a very basic and recognizable image of pretty verses ugly.
    Throughout antiquity, generation upon generation has heard, told, and enjoyed this story because it pulls at our most basic, instinctive desire for justice. It is only in this post feminist, western world that anyone would ever have found the coloration that you are speaking of. The traditional Judeo-Christian view point would not be to automatically tie goodness to beauty and assume anyone ugly to be evil. The handful of people in our society today that can even make that stretch are most likely ones who’s self image ties them to the mean step sisters in some way and they are feeling oppressed by that.
    An unattractive feminist with an entitlement mentality dressed in a $5,000 gown and adorned in the finest jewelry and accessories (all of which in actuality she’d never lower herself to wear in the first place) would still be someone repulsive as soon as she started spewing her agenda. On the same token, any average, plain, every day woman in jeans and a t-shirt who is pleasant, friendly and seeking to make life more enjoyable to everyone she meets, is instantly seen as desirable.
    My 9 year old loves the story of Cinderella because she already understands the natural order well enough to accept that life isn’t always fair, beauty will never be a key to personal success, and that being a good person can allow you to be content in unpleasant environments and situations even though you long for a better life. She knows that fairy tales are just that; stories. But ya’ know what? She enjoys the dream, and I would never take that away from her.
    Maybe that’s how we adults should view a story like Cinderella.

    • olya-lednichinko on 05/29/2009 at 7:32 am

      i agree with kisha
      what in her photo suggests that she isn an angel and western girls arent>?

      i mean.. do you guys realize.. we russians are considered bitter and unwanted when we demonize half of the western population?

      guys -> they arent your mothers and sisters anymore?

      what -? 50s women…?? which world are we living in here?

      do you know the divorce rate in fSU nations?
      no.. its not that russian men equals bad.. ditto for western women.. and somehow..
      the clients { western men} and the photos { sweet belles from the east} are so much better.. they have everything.. the inner beauty, the clothes, the charm, the qualities, the sexiness.. and what’s left?

      this .. i dont know this is a propoganda that’s unust and bad mouths a race -

  37. Sophie on 04/05/2009 at 5:04 pm

    The first version of Cinderella I ever read as a child (even before I had seen the Disney adaptation) said that her stepsisters had once been beautiful but their faces became ugly because they were jealous and cruel and so on. I don’t know whether that’s really possible, but that part of the story always stuck with me even at that age.

  38. Richard on 04/05/2009 at 6:07 pm

    Another side note;
    Kisha mentions an alternate or maybe ‘better’ perspective on the Cinderella story; “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister”, a novel by Gregory Maguire who is an outspoken gay author married to an outspoken gay painter. I don’t understand why Maguire’s point of view (which includes the suggestion that Caspar, an apprentice painter to a second tier character in the story, is gay) should be relevant for some reason. As I see it Maguire has only used the retelling of Cinderella as a vehicle to personify his husband in the story line.
    Sexual orientation not withstanding, as one of the scores of versions of the classic tale Cinderella, Maguire’s book is little more than a platform for his idea of how the world should look at things. I think it is a sad attempt to diminish a well loved story of good winning out over evil. His counterculture perspective often overshadows whatever talent he has as a writer.

  39. Richard on 04/06/2009 at 5:19 am

    Sophie,
    You have seen the story the way it was meant to be told. (at least I think so) There aren’t many people who get past the Disney version even when reading it. I remember the step sisters getting uglier because of their greed and jealousy, too. I also remember that most variations have “ash girl” or “cinderling” or Cinderella with a talking pet or wild critter of some sort. Her animal friend varies as much as the story does and I think it is primarily tied to the region where the story is told. Like in China she talks to an enchanted carp in the pond. The Brothers Grimm I think had her talking to a mouse.
    It really is a wonderful story when taken at face value. I don’t know why people try to find problems with everything or think they must dissect and rewrite classic literature in order to ‘make it right’.
    If you have the time and the interest, try researching some of your other childhood tales and you might be surprised how far back they go and how many different versions there are throughout the world.

  40. Manoah on 04/07/2009 at 12:12 am

    “her stepsisters had once been beautiful but their faces became ugly because they were jealous and cruel and so on. I don’t know whether that’s really possible”

    Over time, people’s souls become evident on their facial expression. Their thoughts, their feelings, whether of kindness, of cruelty, of sadness, or mirth, of innocence or quilt, all these eventually surfaces. There’s a saying, the eyes is the window unto the soul. It’s very true.

    Russians often speak of inner and outer beauty. And they like to emphasize working on improving the beauty of both which I think is a vast enhancement over Westerner’s cultural bias on external beauty.

    -M

  41. Taras on 04/07/2009 at 2:21 pm

    Exactly Manoah. What we are on the inside will eventually always surface on the outside, like oil escaping from a sinking ship and coming to the surface above.

    Taras

  42. Manoah on 04/16/2009 at 5:16 am

    Hello Taras,

    I’ll tell a really interesting story. A long time age, I was visiting my uncle’s place. He had just returned from a trip to Thailand. Anyhow, he told us about one place he visited. It was a Thai temple and there was this giant ancient Tamarind tree nearby. Anyhow, it happens that under this Tamarind tree was where criminals were being executed for their heinous crimes. This had been going on for several decades and according to my uncle, their souls would leave their bodies and show up in these Tamarind seeds according to their Zodiac signs. In Chinese Zodiacs, you have the horses, boars, rabbits, rats, snake, etc…

    And so, he asked us whether we believed his story or not. Of course we had our doubts and he said he had his also. Until, he said he saw the seeds himself. He even brought some back with him. So, he disappeared momentarily to his bedroom and returned to place into our hands the samples that he had. It was uncanny, we looked in disbelief, there were images of various animals in these seeds. Now, I’ve played with Tamarind seeds when I was growing up, so I know what Tamarind seeds should look like. But these seeds we had in our hands were no ordinary Tamarind seeds!!

    -M

  43. Kisha on 04/16/2009 at 7:44 am

    Richard, I’ve only noticed your post now, sorry.
    I was referring to the Charles Perrault version of the fairy tale which is rumored to be the original. And it doesn’t say much about Cinderella herself just her beauty. I have to say I’ve never found the story very interesting or liked it a lot, even as a kid, primaly because of the underveloped main character of Cinderella.
    (who wasn’t a peasant girl btw, peasants were never admited to the royal balls, her father was a wealthy man). The only adaptation of the cinderella story I liked was the czech tv one and it was called differently, Cinderella character was throughly described and she was a kind joyful girl who talked to animals.

    And the Christian tradition indeed ties beauty to virtue and depictures everything evil as ugly (there’s a significant difference between this and what you said *assumes anyone ugly to be evil*); witches, devils and demons etc are always ugly, it’s quite a primitive approach but it serves it’s purpose.
    You’re right about the justice though, it calls for it. But as soon as you start wishing it for Cinderella you start questioning what this justice is goin to be. And you can’t help thinking then that the storyline is much too simplified and the main character is nothing more than a sketch.
    And in this regard *Confessions of an ugly step sister* is a good read for those who are not satiesfied with the fairy tale.

    PS A lot of artists, mucisians and writers were gay, so does it mean we have to search for a destructive part in their masterpieces?

  44. Richard on 04/16/2009 at 8:57 pm

    Kisha,
    I’d like to share some thoughts on Charles Perrault. He was born to privilege and would have probably died as a little known footnote in French aristocracy had he not decided to write down many of the stories that were told to him by his nanny(s) as a child. I don’t think he ever claimed to have written an original fairy tale even though he is loosely credited with being a forerunner to that entire genre. He was educated in the best schools of the day simply because of his family’s money and was somewhat known as an architect, law student, and a bit of an anarchist speaking out against the very government strongholds which padded his high lifestyle. He was a finance secretary at one time and had (and lost) jobs writing both pro and anti government articles.
    Perrault didn’t even begin working on children’s stories until he was pretty much unemployable in his mid 60s. His first work of that sort was “Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals” published in 1697, with the subtitle: “Tales of Mother Goose”. He was an overnight success by standards of that time period. However, that book was originally published under the name of one of his sons, Pierre Darmancourt because he was afraid of criticism by the more known writers and scholars of his day.
    His style of writing for those children’s tales was to take well known fables that had been past down for centuries and then update them to fit the ‘modern’ surroundings of his area and social station. Though a devoted father who had lost his wife during the birth a daughter, he was not so compassionate to those of lower means and standing. The handful of fairy tales which he transcribed were all completed within the last eight years of his life, dying in Paris at the age of 75.
    As far as the Perrault version of the Cinderella story goes, it was only since his reworking of the fable that the lead character becomes a misplaced person of station. But that version also tells how she comes to be ‘treated’ as a peasant girl by her step mother and step sisters after her father’s death. And when entering the ball, it is not because she was of higher regard than a peasant. It was via disguise that she was able to assume the persona of financial standing. She was not invited because no one really knew of her to begin with.
    Sadly I have never seen the Czech TV version but I’m sure I would enjoy seeing her character properly developed as to ‘know her’ better. I almost hate to admit it but I think one of the better film versions was the one with Drew Barrymore. I don’t care much for the acting (over acting) in it but enjoyed some of the strings that were used to tie all of the previous tellings of this story into a digestible, feel good movie.
    I also have to say that it is not only unfair, but actually somewhat bigoted to say, “And the Christian tradition indeed ties beauty to virtue and depictures everything evil as ugly”. No real Christian value is, or has ever been, that shallow or exclusionary. It isn’t even pseudo-Christian to see people or life in such terms. I have no interest in making this a religious battlefield but if that’s how you view Christian values, then I fear you know very little about Christianity.
    History has made those connections since a time before people ever heard the word Christian and it has crossed every religious and non-religious barrier known to mankind. The entire concept of good being beautiful and bad being ugly is perpetuated more today than ever before and it is definitely not coming from the traditional Judeo-Christian mindset.
    With regard to artistically talented homosexuals involved in literary arts as a whole, I know the percentages within that field and don’t care one bit either way. I have many close actor, writer, and musician friends who have chosen that lifestyle. Love them, hate their lifestyle. That’s my choice as a free thinking adult. As I stated before, sexual orientation has nothing to do with someone’s talent or skill. The point I was making was that ‘to me’ Gregory Maguire used the retelling of this story more to showcase his affection for his life partner than to make any socially valuable statement about ‘the other side of the story’. In literary terms, I think it is wildly imaginative on your part to refer to Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister as a ‘masterpiece’. The net result is that now I might re-read it to see if I have missed the entire point of the book, which I strongly doubt.
    But there is another key fact of life in the world of writing. That is, if you write your personal agenda into everything you do, then expect to lose many potential readers and to be dismissed as irrelevant and unnecessary by many more learned people.
    At one time I wrote a lot about bikers. I lived that lifestyle at the time and wrote about what I knew. While other bikers appreciated my stories, nobody else gave me a second glance. Unfair? Sure. So what. I have never been told that life was fair.
    Maguire writes his lifestyle into everything he does. Since I don’t believe in his personal agenda I have no real interest in finding out how good of a writer he might be. I don’t see homosexuality in every single situation that life has to offer so I’d rather not read it in every book I pick up.
    Best wishes for now . . . .

  45. Westerngirl on 04/16/2009 at 9:57 pm

    The story of Cinderella originated from China where she is known as Yeh Hsien. I do not know Charles Perrault’s version but the Chinese version does not dwell on her beauty but the fact she was in whole a pleasant person. The movie versions Ever After, A Cinderalla Story, and Another Cinderalla Story seem to go on this interpetation of both inner and outer beauty. Seeing that the girls playing Cinderalla in these movies are not overweight or ugly but they are no Cindy Crawford either.
    I find Manoah’s comment on the stepsisters interesting. In the above movie versions the stepsister are not ugly but there is just something unatractive about them which does stem from thier personality.

  46. Kisha on 04/21/2009 at 10:51 am

    Richard, thanks for the short info on Perrault. Really interesting. The story of Cinderella I’m familiar with doesn’t involve the death of the father, but it does involve the step monther and the sisters being invited to the ball along with Cinderella who technically a part of the family, but her mother doesn’t let her to go by saying she’s got loads of house work to do.
    The Czech version was called Tri oriski pro Popelku.
    I don’t intend to get into theological arguments with you, it’s just my opinion, and I happen to know enough about Christianity to be not so fond of it.
    I was hardly refering to Maguire’s works when talking about gays in world literature and art but rather to Da Vinci, Wilde, Tchaikovski and the like. I’ve only read one book by Maguire and it was Confessions. I had no idea he was gay and thought the book was about life and human nature.
    Regards.

  47. Isaac on 04/29/2009 at 3:11 am

    do you retouch your pictures?
    what camera do you use?

  48. olya-lednichinko on 05/29/2009 at 7:37 am

    this is good for seo.. stuff.. use cinderalla and fsu women and all russian names.. like olga and katya.. and natasha and your fsu women.. all in the same page – and viola..

    you become associated with cindrealla providers :)

    but google does look at inward links.. and outbounds though..

    by the way, why are the agencies so.. sponsoring FSU qualities?

    cant the Cinderellas speak themselves or rather.. cant these qualities be discovered?

    ps: food for thought -> which western dating company goes out on a limb to emphasize and promote their women – THAT MUCH.. yes.. they do talk of the female/make ratio.. but gosh.. here it seems like a meat market and a flee bazaar

  49. Darrell Ostrovski on 05/22/2010 at 7:38 pm

    They R truely goddesses

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