Once Called A Hero, Ukraine President Now Faces Backlash For His Vogue Photoshoot Amid War

In February 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine and declared war, one person who emerged as a hero was the Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Wearing a pair of cargo trousers with his signature simple olive-green t-shirt and combat boots, Zelenskyy was seen standing on the frontlines of the war alongside the country’s military.

There were several rumours of the President fleeing the country and abandoning his people. But the President hushed all rumours by posting videos wherein he kept updating the citizens about the ground reality. Overnight, people from across the world called him a “hero” and an inspiration for other leaders.

However, the tables have turned. Russia and Ukraine are still at war and it is a given that there are innumerable issues that President Zelenskyy has to deal with at the moment. However, he and his wife, Olena Zelenska managed to take out the time to do a Vogue photoshoot.

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The photoshoot and the article, titled ‘Portrait of Bravery: Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska’ is primarily based on the first lady. In the interview, she talks about coming under the limelight, battling a war, and how things have changed for her and Ukrainians.

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In some of the pictures that were taken, Olena Zelenska poses amid the spoils of war and alongside her husband, who has her wrapped in his arms. There is also another picture where the couple sits side by side holding hands inside the presidential office compound.

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The President went on to face massive backlash because of this. Many called it “elitist” and “insensitive” as the rest of the country is allegedly fighting for its life.


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