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Round 2: Culture
Modern Russian clothing style
While summer fashion in Russia is very influenced by western countries, the winter fashion has it's own essential and unique touches. Shuba (fur coat) is one of them - fox's, rabbit's or mink's fur is used to make shubas. Fur coats were in trend for many years until the new wave of fashion came in - synthetic fur, along with introduction of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) organization. Younger generation in Russia is described as generation of big activists for defending animal rights and I am one of them. My shot represents that animals are our friends, not our clothes - you can look beautiful and stylish using synthetic fur and other materials.
Common Russian makeup and hairstyle
I chose a more classic Russian "going out" makeup and hairstyle to represent in my shot. Makeup itself isn't the most important part in Russian girls style, but it helps them to look even more stylish and beautiful.
Everything starts with a soft pale foundation, which highlights the natural beauty of their clear and icy pale skin color. Second, black mascara is essential to achieve elegant "classy" look in their eyes. Third, vibrant red lipstick or lip balm is used to give more attractiveness to the lips. Combine all that together with silky and straight long hair that Russian girls usually have, adding a stylish warm winter hat as a finishing accent, and we can have the real "Nordic Princess" image.
18th century Russia
My picture represents the image of the daily Russian people's life from the 18th century. The peasant woman prepares the regale for the family festive. Most important Russian tradition during the family festives and weddings was the "Bread and salt" ritual: fresh, home backed black bread was served to the guests as a sign of hospitality and friendship. The other important ritual was drinking tea from Samovar (traditional Russian water boiler). Among other goods, the dish with caviar should be served too, as it's the main appreciable Russian delicacy. Apart from food, there were the requirements for clothing too, the good hostess should wear Russian traditional clothing: sarafan - the main part of the outfit dressed on top of the white shirt with long loose sleeves, and kokoshnik - the spruce head accessory combined with hair tied in a long braid.
Common activity - Banya (Russian sauna)
Banya, or Russian sauna is one of the main relaxing/bathing rituals in Russia that came from the middle ages and are successfully performed these days. Russian sauna differ from other types of saunas, because it's the only sauna that uses wet steam. It increases the effect of hot air stimulation and is assumed as the most effective type of sauna. The ritual includes people hitting (massage) themselves or others with bunches of dried branches and leaves from white birch (called veniks) and water is splashed on the rocks to produce hot and relaxing steam. After a few steam sessions, people like to drink root beer, tea, or other beverages, play games or relax in a good company in an antechamber to the steam room. In the winter, people roll in the snow with no clothes on or run to cold lakes where holes have been cut into the ice for post-banya bathing purposes, it's has a similar effect as contrasted shower, but only much stronger and more relaxing.
What do you think is a large problem in your country?
My country, as any other country, has it's problems. The main of them is the huge inequality between big cities and small standoff towns and villages. While in big ones people have so many work, education and self realization possibilities; small ones are left behind with many poor or uneducated people who have no chance of making their lifes there. Russia is a very big country, so many different cultures are spread throughout it's territory, so it's understandable for it to have it's strong and weak regions. However, if our government could give a little more attention to the smaller towns and a little less to the bigger ones, I believe we could reach at least bearable social and economical equality.
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