When you are in Kiev, you will find the statue dedicated to Ukrainian independence on Kreshatik (the main drag so to speak). What is unexpected is that the figures that make up the statue are all Vikings! (Long way of explaining why so many Ukrainian girls have blonde hair and blue eyes.) Kiev was the original capital of Russia before Ivan the Terrible consolidated the Russian nation and established Moscow as it's capital. The name Russia itself comes from the Viking tribe who settled in Kiev, the "Rus".
Anyway, there is something unusual about Daria which became obvious when I took a straight on head shot of her. She has almost perfect symmetry in her face. Here is the picture, the one next to it is the left side of her face flipped and stitched back to the original. Note how similar the images appear (other than the apparent flatter lighting). This degree of symmetry is very rare, I've only seen it this pronounced once before (and yes it was a Russian who I wound up photographing for three magazine covers). In some part of our reptilian brain we associate this kind of symmetry with health and beauty.
Anyway, enough of my true stories made up from the legendary past. Have a great Thanksgiving!
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