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in the spotlight: Sobchak no longer top model material

Published: August 22, 2012 (Issue # 1723)




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Last week, thesultry model girlfriend offootballer Cristiano Ronaldo was hired toreplace Ksenia Sobchak as thejudge ofRussias Next Top Model after thechannel got cold feet about Sobchaks political protest activities.

A model should also be arole model, thechannel hinted inits trailer forthe show, which is anofficial remake ofAmericas Next Top Model.

Irina Shayk, whose full surname is Shaykhlislamova, comes froma village inthe Chelyabinsk region inthe Urals. She has said her father was ofTatar origin, which is why she has strikingly dark coloring.

Shayk models forlingerie andswimwear brands very successfully. She also seems tospend alot ofher free time lying onbeaches andyachts, as WAGs will do. She has not done any Russian television presenting before andis rarely over here, but it sounds as if she could be perfect forthe job.

Sobchak scooped thenews onher Twitter. She added animplicit warning that her replacement should stay clear ofpolitics.

I wish her luck andonly totalk about fashion otherwise there could be problems, she wrote.

It does seem unlikely that Shayk would start spilling out political views while eyeing budding models onthe catwalk. Inany case, she has proven her reticence bynever talking about her relationship with thePortuguese footballer Ronaldo.

One ofher conditions fordoing theshow is no questions about her personal life, Life News wrote.

Inan interview with Muz-TV, she vowed toconcentrate onpositive notes inthe show, whose new season starts inSeptember.

She also gushed about thejoys ofbeing inRussia (temporarily).

Its really nice tocome back toyour country where everyone speaks Russian andwhere theyll step onyour foot inthe bus, she said, adding that she even took anostalgic ride ona trolleybus because we dont have them inAmerica.

Thereplacement must be abitter pill forSobchak, not tomention aminus inher bank account.

Thechannel chief fired Sobchak muttering something about it being thewrong format, she wrote onTwitter.

She walked away fromher lucrative Dom-2 reality series onTNT last month andwrote onher blog that she seems tohave been barred frommainstream television.

She was asked togo onthe endless Fort Boyard game show byone ofthe big channels, only forthe editor tocall back toapologize andsay he didnt realize she was onthe black list, she said.

Ludicrously, Sobchak said she has even been cut fromMult Lichnosti, thetopical animated comedy onChannel One that has some soft-edged satire. Thelast show with her seems tohave been theepisode aired onApril 15. Inthe episode, theanimated Sobchak weeps about being excluded fromChannel One andmoans that she will be stuck onTNT.

Sobchak is not penniless anyway. She still has Sobchak Live onDozhd TV, which Forbes magazine estimated earns her around $10,000 per month.

But investigators have refused tohand over themore than $1 million incash they found inher safe while raiding her apartment over theMay 6 opposition protest. They are saying it must be examined as evidence fora tax probe.

The world economic crisis could not shake theSobchak business model, but politics very well could, Russian Forbes magazine wrote inJuly.

Onthe upside, she made U.S. Harpers Bazaar posing bizarrely ina wedding dress inManhattan foran interview titled From Party Girl toPutins Threat.





 


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Wednesday, Nov. 26


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Saturday, Nov. 29


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