If there's something uniquely Russian, it's trying to get the fuck out of Russia. It's like an enormous Northern Jersey. Every kid's fifth grade paper on what they want to be when they grow up is about being a New Yorker.
Russian parents know very early on if their daughter has a shot at money making modeling. Wait for the note from the industrial labor school first grade teacher asking to work with her extra hours after school. Lock her in an underground bunker left from the siege in Stalingrad and funnel her tubes of anchovy paste and Western skin care products. The day she turns sixteen book her passage aboard a ship bound for New York. When Terry Richardson's cock slaps you in the face, it's akin to seeing the Statue of Liberty from steerage. Welcome to America. Here's your bag of welcome thongs.
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