Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The pregnant teenage Russian girl who says the father of her unborn child is a 10-year-old boy has become an online ‘influencer’ and is looking for sponsors after her social media following rocketed following news of her pregnancy.
The schoolgirl mum-to-be, who lives in the Siberian closed town of Zheleznogorsk in the south-central Russian region of Krasnoyarsk Krai, attends seventh grade while the 10-year-old who is reportedly the boyfriend and father of her child is still in fourth, according to reports.
She was 13 years old when she fell pregnant but the girl, who was initially identified as Daria “Dasha” Rubchinskaya but later as Daria “Dasha” Sudnishnikova, has recently turned 14, according to local media.
After the story of her pregnancy made headlines around the world, Daria has been using her new-found to build up a following on social networks such as Instagram and TikTok where her activity has increased dramatically, according to reports.
As well as sharing snaps and video clips, Daria also includes the provocative hashtag ‘Pregnant at 13’ on her posts.
Local media said the schoolgirl is trying to monetise her social media accounts to become an online ‘influencer’ and is willing to work with famous brands and sponsors.
According to reports, she frequently asks her growing fanbase which kinds of photos they want to see, and one social network has seen her followers reach 70,000 in just a few weeks.
Daria’s mother Elena reportedly has terminal cancer, but says she is determined to overcome it in order to be there for her pregnant daughter.
She said: “Initially, we thought she had food poisoning, but slowly we started to realise that whatever was happening had nothing to do with her belly. We then bought a pregnancy test and it showed up positive.”
Elena said that she never considered making her teen daughter have an abortion despite her own circumstances, adding that she would be concerned that she would not be able to have children in later life, as can sometimes happen.
Elena also added that despite her terminal-stage cancer, she plans to stay around as long as possible in order to take care of the baby in the future, adding: “Now I have a reason to live.”
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