in the spotlight: Sobchak no longer top model material
Published: August 22, 2012 (Issue # 1723)
Last week, theásultry model girlfriend ofáfootballer Cristiano Ronaldo was hired toáreplace Ksenia Sobchak as theájudge ofáôRussiaĺs Next Top Modelö after theáchannel got cold feet about Sobchakĺs political protest activities.
ôA model should also be aárole model,ö theáchannel hinted ináits trailer foráthe show, which is anáofficial remake ofáôAmericaĺs Next Top Model.ö
Irina Shayk, whose full surname is Shaykhlislamova, comes fromáa village ináthe Chelyabinsk region ináthe Urals. She has said her father was ofáTatar origin, which is why she has strikingly dark coloring.
Shayk models forálingerie andáswimwear brands very successfully. She also seems toáspend aálot ofáher free time lying onábeaches andáyachts, as WAGs will do. She has not done any Russian television presenting before andáis rarely over here, but it sounds as if she could be perfect foráthe job.
Sobchak scooped theánews onáher Twitter. She added anáimplicit warning that her replacement should stay clear ofápolitics.
ôI wish her luck andáonly toátalk about fashion Ś otherwise there could be problems,ö she wrote.
It does seem unlikely that Shayk would start spilling out political views while eyeing budding models onáthe catwalk. Ináany case, she has proven her reticence byánever talking about her relationship with theáPortuguese footballer Ronaldo.
One ofáher conditions forádoing theáshow is no questions about her personal life, Life News wrote.
Ináan interview with Muz-TV, she vowed toáconcentrate onáôpositive notesö ináthe show, whose new season starts ináSeptember.
She also gushed about theájoys ofábeing ináRussia (temporarily).
ôItĺs really nice toácome back toáyour country where everyone speaks Russian andáwhere theyĺll step onáyour foot ináthe bus,ö she said, adding that she even took aánostalgic ride onáa trolleybus ôbecause we donĺt have them ináAmerica.ö
Theáreplacement must be aábitter pill foráSobchak, not toámention aáminus ináher bank account.
Theáchannel chief fired Sobchak ômuttering something about it being theáwrong format,ö she wrote onáTwitter.
She walked away fromáher lucrative Dom-2 reality series onáTNT last month andáwrote onáher blog that she seems toáhave been barred fromámainstream television.
She was asked toágo onáthe endless Fort Boyard game show byáone ofáthe big channels, only foráthe editor toácall back toáapologize andásay he didnĺt realize she was onáthe ôblack list,ö she said.
Ludicrously, Sobchak said she has even been cut fromáMult Lichnosti, theátopical animated comedy onáChannel One that has some soft-edged satire. Theálast show with her seems toáhave been theáepisode aired onáApril 15. Ináthe episode, theáanimated Sobchak weeps about being excluded fromáChannel One andámoans that she will be stuck onáTNT.
Sobchak is not penniless anyway. She still has Sobchak Live onáDozhd TV, which Forbes magazine estimated earns her around $10,000 per month.
But investigators have refused toáhand over theámore than $1 million inácash they found ináher safe while raiding her apartment over theáMay 6 opposition protest. They are saying it must be examined as evidence foráa tax probe.
ôThe world economic crisis could not shake theáSobchak business model, but politics very well could,ö Russian Forbes magazine wrote ináJuly.
Onáthe upside, she made U.S. Harperĺs Bazaar posing Ś bizarrely Ś ináa wedding dress ináManhattan foráan interview titled ôFrom Party Girl toáPutinĺs Threat.