Eight participants – eight Ancient Greek goddesses – eight types of femininity
When we hear the word “femininity”, the first thing we think about is appearance, we associate this notion with naivety, ingenuousness and sexuality at the same time. But all these associations make it difficult to catch the real meaning of this word, it simply gets lost. However, every woman possesses her own unique image of femininity, which is far beyond stereotypes and clear definitions. And who said that such an amazing quality as femininity should be in any way defined?
According to the American psychologist Jean Shinoda Bolen, there are eight types of femininity, and a certain Greek goddess corresponds to a certain type. For a month the promoters and participants of this project were turning this theory into reality, trying to reveal a goddess in each of the women.
Camera operator Oleg Goroh.
Yelena Galkina (the image of Aphrodite)
“When I was 20, I injured my spine. It seemed to me that the life was over. In reality it was just the beginning. But I realized it later. A new life began, with a different perception of simple, everyday things.
Fencing has made my life more diverse, I have become more self-confident. Medals, won at the World and European cups, mean not only victory over the rivals, but first of all over myself. Of course, my dream is winning at the Paralympic Games, but even this dream is not a limit. You should never rest on the laurels but always strive for something better, improve yourself, so that you can always find some sense in your life.”
Alexandra Chichikova (the image of Artemis)
“When I got a trauma, I (with the help of my family and God) didn’t lose my heart, but kept on living. Today, with every passing day, I try to make my life more and more interesting. I study at university and have a part-time job. After graduation I will be a psychologist, and I would like to help people who are in a situation similar to mine.”
Anna Gorchakova (the image of Hestia)
Anna is a Wheelchair Dance Sport European and World Champion, Master of Sport of International Class. She was honored “The Pride of the Nation” award. Anna is married and recently she has established a dance school of her own where she teaches children.
Anna Shumak (the image of Hecate)
“I like to study, to learn new information, to aspire for something new. I have recently got a driver’s license, at present I attend computer courses in Minsk, and I also won a regional beauty contest. I am also keen on meeting and communicating with interesting people.”
Anastasia Kostiuchkova (the image of Athena)
Anna is actively engaged in sports. Her career as a sportswoman started from table tennis where she succeeded in placing high. Competitions took place both in Belarus and abroad. At the same time she took up darts and other kinds of sport for wheelchair users. Then she got involved in cross-country skiing, a more professional kind of sport. At present she is going in for fencing. This year Anna has entered the Belarusian State University of Transport. She may participate in the Paralympic Games in the near future.
Alexandra Gorodnikova (the image of Hera)
“Since October 2012 I have been practicing shooting, studying shooting technique and I am already member of the national team. I was promised that soon I would participate in my first competitions, I also hope to achieve a category this year.”
Irina Verbickaya (the image of Persephone)
“I am a telephone operator in a company, which specializes in entry phone systems. I like reading and want to study English. My dream is to travel a lot, I would like to visit different countries and plunge into other, different worlds and cultures. ”
Alesia Mokrickaya (the image of Demeter)
Alesia has the Master of Sport of Belarus grade in fencing and at the same time she works as a customer relations specialist in the telecommunication company “MTS”. She considers participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London to be a great achievement in her sport career.
Photo – Yuri Iluhin
Images of the participants – “L Studio” beauty salon
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Alesia Mokrickaya (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Alexandra Gorodnikova (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Anastasia Kostiuchkova (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Alexandra Chichikova (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Anna Shumak (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Irina Verbickaya (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Anna Gorchakova (video)
“The Goddess of Femininity” project – Yelena Galkina (video)
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