Discovering Model Polina Pavilkova On The Road To Rio – Rio 2016

“My favorite sports — I like running and dancing. Now I am going to the ballet class. Very beautiful and strict kind of sport.” – Polina Pavilkova


On my way to Rio, after a gig on the Le Tour de France I discovered Polina.  Polina reminded me of of one of my friends late mother Audrey Hepburn.  I saw that Polina was shooting with various photographers in Paris where she now lives and thought let me share this find with because that is what I love to do, discover, learn more about the discovery and then sharing it with the world.  Because you never know where the road will lead you and in this case it led to the discovery on not only Polina, but of photographer Christian Wilmes (above photo), hairstylist Claudio Duarte (above), and sunglass Max Mara (worn in above shot). See how much you can discover instantly why they call it Instagram.

Wednesday, I watched Russian  Inna Deriglazova wins individual foil gold, so I thought this is the best time to introduce you to another great Russian girl.

Meet Polina and here is my short interview with her.

Since childhood I was totally obsessed by fashion. I was playing with my Barbie  doll a lot and almost lived at her house, I sewed clothes for her with my Mum and dreamed to become a designer.
I worked as a fashion stylist in Saint-Petersburg. Suddenly photographers started to ask me for shootings as a model. It s always great to feel yourself become someone else during the shooting and be a part of a team. It s very inspirational for me and on the set sometimes I have a feeling that magic happens.
My friends call me Polinuska. It s a nice childish version of my name in Russian. It becomes my model’s name.
Now I live in Paris. I really like this beautiful city. Atmosphere of parks and museums, meeting with new interesting talented people, going out… I like running and dancing.
Now I am going to the ballet class. Very beautiful and strict kind of sport. I also like classic music. Russian and French composers. Now Erik Satie is my favorite)

Follow Polina on her social media, Facebook, and Instagram.

Portrait of #polinuska by Hokusai πŸŒΈπŸ’ŽπŸ’š #shooting #testshoot #beauty

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Pope Francis to Meet Patriarch Kirill In Havana Today : What You Need To Know


When the pope and the patriarch come together for the first time today after 1000 years, one of Christianity’s most enduring divisions could edge closer to becoming ancient history.

The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches have been at odds for over 1,000 years. Today’s meeting in Havana β€” where Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will sign a joint accord β€” could be a critical step towards helping heal the rift.

But while the Vatican billed the religious rendezvous as an “important stage” and sign of hope, the event could be more about symbolism than substance.

There are more than 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. That number dwarfs the overall Orthodox congregation of 225 million β€” which is divided between the 15 separate and equal eastern churches. The Moscow Patriarchate oversees the largest flock of about 160 million people.

Not only is it larger, but the Catholic Church has its own state: the Vatican. The Moscow Patriarchate, meanwhile, is closely aligned with the Russian government.


Why Are They Different?

On many major theological issues Catholics and Russian Orthodox Christians remain closely aligned. But the issues that divide them run deep.

The central theological divide dates back to the eighth century and is based in differing philosophical interpretations of the Holy Trinity β€” the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in Christianity.

The Orthodox Church also does not believe in purgatory, which Catholics believe precedes heaven.

There’s the key political distinction β€” the Orthodox Church totally rejects papal authority β€” and differences on social issues. The Orthodox Church is more hardline on homosexuality, while Pope Francis famously said: “Who am I to judge?”

The question of clerical marriage is also treated differently by the Russian Church, in which parish-level priests are permitted to be ordained as married men.


Why Meet Now?

While there’s huge symbolic significance to the pope and patriarch’s meeting, experts do not anticipate any major progress on the issues that have stood between their two churches for many centuries.

It’s important to remember that while Kirill represents the largest flock of Orthodox, he doesn’t speak for the whole Eastern church.

Still, that’s not to say that overall progress isn’t possible.

In any case history is set to be made today in Havana, Cuba and it is great to be here.





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Hays Band from Russia with Love!

HAYS is an alternative rock band formed in Vladivostok, Russia in May 2011. Inspired by the music of MUSE, NIRVANA, STAIND and PEARL JAM, HAYS create their own style in which electrifying guitar riffs with emotional tunes.

The band’s new EP “POSTCARD” was released in April 2015, these dudes at HAYS our working on their 2nd full-length album.

Since the Russian Grand Prix, in Sochi I have been exploring Russia but wanted to share this discovery that started in my home town during Indie Music Week in 2014.

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