I just got back from a trip to Russia, where my husband and I were able to experience the country’s commercial awakening firsthand. It is not always a good thing, but it is always intriguing. One day while we were in Moscow, we took the Metro from Red Square to the apartment where we were staying and, on a train, came across this woman’s image from Dove’s "Real Beauty" campaign. My mastery of Cyrillic isn’t too good, so I couldn’t figure out if the people of Russia got to vote over the important issue of her pulchritude.
—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor