Zelensky and wife pose in controversial photo shoot for Vogue and in the midst of the Russian invasion

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine and his wife Olena Zelenskathey posed in a controversial photo shoot for Vogue magazineone of the most important in the world of fashion, in the midst of the war it has faced against Russia since February of this year.

The photo session for the article “Portrait of Bravery: The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenskatook place in Kyiv, where they discussed “life in wartime, their marriage and shared history, and dreams for the future of Ukraine,” Vogue shared in a post on Instagram.


In fact, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense shared one of the photos on its social networks with the post “Pain, courage… and determination to win”.

“War has never been so glamorous. I’m still in Shok”

However, the photos, taken by the famous photography Annie Leibovitz, were rated as shocking, frivolous and that this was neither the time nor the place for such a session.


Zelenska wore outfits from Ukrainian designers for the controversial session, held in locations such as the kyiv airport ruins and in the official residence, which appears to be guarded by the military and trenches with sacks of sand.

The article, in addition to being available in its digital version of Vogue, will also be included in the October edition of the print magazine.

I’m asking for something I would never want to ask for: weapons.

In the interview with First Lady Olena Zelenska, she commented that moving into the spotlight since taking office as First Lady has “been difficult.”

She further recounts that she and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met in high school, began dating in college, and had a fulfilling life in the entertainment world before Zelenskyy won the presidency in 2019.

As for the role of Olena Zelenska in the conflict, Vogue points out that “it has increasingly turned to front-line diplomacy” and they refer to the trip that Washington made, although in an unofficial and unannounced visit, in which met with President Biden, with his wife Jill Biden, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“There, she also addressed Congress, telling a bipartisan group of lawmakers that she was speaking as mother and daughter, not just first lady.

I am asking for something I would never want to ask for: I am asking for weapons, weapons that would not be used to wage war on someone else’s land, but to protect one’s home and the right to wake up alive in that home. .

Finally, Vogue highlighted that Olena Zelenska has an important role as first lady: to be “a beacon for her citizenry and an actor in Ukraine’s battle for hearts and minds.”


Zelenski, present at the opening gala of the Cannes Film Festival

Another media intervention, although better received, was when Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on video at the opening ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival where he asked that the cinema “do not shut up” in the face of the “most terrible war since World War II”.

Moments after Forest Whitaker was awarded the Honorary Palme d’Or, the gala hosted by actress Virginie Efira connected live with Zelenski, who delivered a speech in which he appealed to the power of cinema to defend freedom.

“The most terrible dictators of the 20th century loved the cinema, but all they have brought is these terrible documentary images; we might have thought that there would be no more wars, but both then and now there was a dictator, a war against freedom , and now and before the cinema should not remain silent”, he said.

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