— Wow! What an eventful life, so many grand plans! You are the envy of the world! How did you come to this, or maybe you have an aged role model you look up to?
— I have long been interested in the subject of preserving youth and beauty. I am now well aware that beauty is not about correct facial features or the absence of wrinkles. It is about love for yourself, confidence, energy, calmness, realization in life, self-sufficiency. Today we see many famous women who have all of this and with whom one wants to take as an example. For me, it is above all Irina Hakamada, Emma Malinina, Irina Bezrukova. In my blog, I also try to motivate and inspire other women to grow up without getting old, to be healthy and happy, to live brightly and with pleasure.
— How do you see the situation with ageism in Russia?
— When I am abroad, I always notice a lot of advertisements for clothes, perfume and cosmetics featuring more age models than in Russia. I'm sure that in Russia, too, the attitude towards women 50+ will change, including thanks to you, Aesthetics of Age, where we will see delightful, bright, energetic age models!
— Today's society is so wired that the sight of facial wrinkles immediately brings on the fear of ageing! What is your attitude towards natural ageing?
— There are two types of ageing models. The first type is natural ageing, you can tell right away how old she is, you see grey hair, wrinkles, but you look, and you can't take your eyes off her because she's very beautiful. The second type — you know how old she is, you look for signs of age, and you don't find them: she looks much younger. I am type 2 in terms of my inner and outer condition.
I don't really feel my true age in any way. I don't feel that the numbers in my passport have anything to do with me. If I were offered the choice of going to the countryside for a barbecue or to a water park to go down a slide, I would choose the water park, although most of my peers would not understand me. I love extreme sports.
This summer in Montenegro I almost fell from a great height in a rope park: on the most difficult part of the trail my climbing harness got tangled, I had to unhook and unfasten the harness straps completely, standing on a swinging thin rope. At that moment, I confess, I thought for the first time: what are you doing, remember how old you are! But I made it through, got through the track, and thought to myself: what silly thoughts sometimes come to mind!