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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.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Tuesday, Jan. 27


Observe the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.



Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of Repulsion at 7 p.m. and Rosemarys Baby at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy The Tenant, the cult comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul-de-sac among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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