Creative Director: Asiya Bella Sakhiullina
Photographer: Mary Lebedeva
MUA: Maria Kuraeva
Style: Asiya Bella Sakhiullina

Models: Debora Adegbie, Kristina Pankova, Justyna Graczyk

 

“The Russian soul is a dark place.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Cultural differences can make us grow or hide.

It is human nature to fear the unknown. We all tend to live in our little bubble, not thinking about all the death, disease, hunger, and tragedy in the world. And how can we…

If we try and imagine all the suffering around and all the suffering that we ourselves will have to overcome, suffering that inevitably comes to us at different stages of life. These things are not all in order for everyone, and we cannot predict when they will occur, but what we do know however is that losing anything r anyone we love will cause us suffering. A disease or loss of financial security will be painful. All break ups are painful, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

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It is so easy for us to close off and be unaccepting of other cultures, different types of lifestyles, and different ways of thinking, because those things bring out our fear of the unknown.

It is that fear that we may think is protecting us from the unknown, that ultimately causes us to be racist, sexist, judgmental, angry, mean, and the list goes on.

Unfortunately not only is the fear not protecting us, but it is also hurting other people. Any energy we put out to the world comes back to us, a ripple effect that causes tsunamis.

The truth is, change is ever lasting and without it we cannot grow.

Accepting others for who they are inside and not the color of their skin, or their sex, or sexual orientation, political, or religious views, is a very difficult task to accomplish.

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This is when we must learn to accept change, to welcome the opportunity to learn and be patient.

We must be kind to ourselves, and take pride in our growth, everyday trying to improve just a little more.

Let’s bare our souls to the world…

…And embrace love.

The definition of the ‘Russian Soul’ is a religious, philosophical view of the world in which the Soul is the core part of the human being, who must live to suffer. While philosophizing about our place here on Earth may be good for the soul, let’s end the suffering by making love, kindness and understanding our priority. It’s the fashionable choice.