• Who was Oksana Shachko, 31-year-old feminist activist found dead in Paris?
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    Sabrina Rojas Weiss

    Who was Oksana Shachko, 31-year-old feminist activist found dead in Paris?

    The activist had left the group Femen, which was created in her native country, Ukraine, and had been focusing on her art in exile in Paris.

  • This Russian nail salon designs Donald Trump manicures
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    Julie Tong

    This Russian nail salon designs Donald Trump manicures

    The salon, started by two sisters, has garnered worldwide attention for their pop-culture and politically-infused nail art designs — depicting everyone from Donald Trump to the Kardashians. 

  • Is Moscow the world's next fashion capital?
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    Julie Tong

    Is Moscow the world's next fashion capital?

    For Moscow, which was recently the site of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, the journey toward becoming the next "fashion capital" has been more than 10 years in the making.

  • What it's really like working as a black fashion model in Russia
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    Julie Tong

    What it's really like working as a black fashion model in Russia

    South Sudanese model Thon Peter Athian was one of the few black models on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. He shares what it's like to work as a model of color in the Russian fashion industry.

  • Fashion week in Russia came with many twists — including the gender fluid collection of a South African designer
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    Julie Tong

    Fashion week in Russia came with many twists — including the gender fluid collection of a South African designer

    One of the biggest breakout designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia was not Russian but rather South African. His name is Rich Mnisi, and he is one of four designers who participated in MBFW Russia's special "Africa Explosion" showcase.

  • ‘It was a nice time’ when Trump owned Miss Universe, says decrowned Russian beauty queen-turned-designer
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    Julie Tong

    ‘It was a nice time’ when Trump owned Miss Universe, says decrowned Russian beauty queen-turned-designer

    Oksana (aka Oxana) Fedorova has come a long way since she was abruptly decrowned in 2002. She now has her own fashion line, which just debuted its latest fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

  • Russian ‘Lady Di’ Perishes in Car Accident
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    Gordon Hurd

    Russian ‘Lady Di’ Perishes in Car Accident

    Diana Lebedeva, a 19-year-old heiress and member of Moscow’s young jet set was killed this week in an auto accident. As reported in the Sun, Lebedeva was driving in Switzerland with a friend, Azer Yagubov, a 23-year-old socialite from Azerbaijan.

  • This photographer is capturing the mesmerizing beauty of albino people
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    Erica Rae Chong

    This photographer is capturing the mesmerizing beauty of albino people

    Albino people are often unfortunately stereotyped as “freaks” or “the bad guy” in popular culture, think “The Da Vinci Code” and “Matrix Reloaded.” But one photographer is showing a different side to the condition.

  • Beets as Lipstick? Russian Women Told to DIY During Recession
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    Joanna Douglas

    Beets as Lipstick? Russian Women Told to DIY During Recession

    The first thing women are being urged to slash from their budgets? Beauty Secrets From a Russian Skincare Expert According to the Daily Mail, Siberian senator Igor Chernishev took to a Russian website to explain how women should alter their beauty routine. “Women can live without imported lipstick, men like a natural look,” he wrote. “Divergent” actress Shailane Woodley, who loves using natural products, has said that her favorite makeup look ever was when she used beets as a lip stain for the 2012 Golden Globes red carpet.  Related: MAC Ruby Woo is the Best Selling Lipstick  Typically lipstick sales soar during a recession, a phenomenon coined the “lipstick index” by Leonard Lauder in the early 2000s.