Imagine you open a Vogue magazine and the models come alive and step out of the pages. That is exactly what came to mind when I saw the women in Moscow!
Russian women are beautiful there is no question about it. I was amazed to see how tall they are. They take great pride in how the dress and have a wonderful sense for fashion. The confident walk is noticeable and many heads were turning as they walked past us.The women looked perfect from head to toe. The hair and nails were immaculate. Most of them were wearing stilettos and this I found quite intriguing. How do you walk in stilettos on the cobbled stones without killing yourself? But they managed to do it!
Not only do they mange but they also walk with poise and elegance. The outfits are rounded off with a stylish coat, jacket and handbag. Don´t forget the jewellery and the sunglasses!
I had to dress up too whenever we were going out. It was expected of me. In a way I felt a strange kind of pressure. The constant pressure to look good. I love dressing up but I am not sure I could live like that every day. I have to admit it was a wonderful feeling to see the appreciation in my husband´s eyes when he slipped that coat over my shoulders. Maybe the pressure is worth it after all!
Being a woman myself, I know how difficult it is to be happy with your appearance. This is true for women all over the world. Beautiful Russian women colour their blonde locks black and beautiful Latina women colour their black locks blonde. Why?
I have spoken to a Russian woman, who is now living in Argentina, about this and what I have seen in Russia. She laughed and told me a couple of interesting things.
1. Yes, it is expected of you to dress like that. Society and your husband or partner wants you to dress up. But the most important is that you as a woman wnat to feel beautiful.
2. It is not expected of grand mothers.They had their turn.
3. It is very stressful for a woman to have this constant pressure.
4. They do get used to walking on the cobbled street roads with stilettos.
5. It takes a long time in the morning to get ready for work.
It was also interesting that she mentioned that here in Argentina she only dresses up when she goes out in the evening. A lot of the pressure had disappeared since she´s been living here. But when she is planning a visit to Russia she spends hours packing the right clothes and starts stressing all over again!
The pressure is on and it is time to conform to the rules of society.