Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder,Agency: Central European News
Vladimir Putin’s goddaughter – who reportedly fell out with the Russian leader after she stood against him in a presidential race – has been slammed by celebrities for calling women over 40 who post naked snaps online “desperate”.
Ksenia Sobchak, 38, has a connection with the Russian president through her father Anatoly Sobchak, who reportedly mentored Putin and the former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Anatoly was the first democratically elected mayor of Saint Petersburg, where Putin was born, and was also a professor of law when he first met and became friends with the Russian leader.
His daughter Ksenia used her famous connections to become a media celebrity, presenting the country’s longest-running TV series ‘Dom-2’ before deciding to launch a political career.
Her prominence among the country’s opposition even led to her attending the National Prayer Breakfast with President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this year, together with other Russian politicians.
Many have claimed that her close family ties with Putin allowed her more leeway than other political opponents.
She recently made a controversial statement on Instagram, where she boasts 6.9 million followers, calling women over 40 who post naked photos online “desperate”.
Ksenia said: “I have noticed for a long time ago that the more a woman flaunts her naked skin on Instagram, the more desperate she appears.
“It may be okay to flirt around and show off your assets in your twenties, but when it is done by someone over 40, it looks like a cheap version of ‘take me right now’.”
It is believed that Ksenia referred to one of her former close friends Oxana Lavrenieva, 40, who owns the successful clothing company RusModa as well as the luxurious beauty salon Beliy Sad (White Garden).
However, her controversial statement was not missed by other Russian celebrities who promptly fired back at her.
Stunning singer Anna Sedokova, 37, said: “What does that mean? I only have three years left to post underwear snaps before I am criticised by public personalities? What will happen in three years, will I turn into a pumpkin?”
Russian socialite and Ksenia’s former close pal Nika Belotserkovskaya said: “So do I understand this correctly, while I am shaking my booty here in Cuba, there is a new aesthetics committee on Instagram which has forbidden women over 40 to run around in pants?”
Both celebrities shared racy photos on their posts in an apparent swipe at Ksenia’s controversial comments.
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