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Heroine

“I am a fountain of blood in the shape of a girl,” a miniature icelander with a short haircut sings, standing on the stage in a pink dress: it’s just the front of it and the back is cropped from waist to toe. Under the dress, wearing jeans and coarse shoes: to the audience in front, to yourself - as it is. In 1997, Bjork sublimated her parting to her most famous song about an unmarried girl in a panic, which even broke into the rotation of the Europe Plus radio station and Russian women's magazines under the heading "In".

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On the afternoon of August 25, the Elysée Palace issued an official press release stating that Sonya Rykiel had died. She was 86 years old, twenty of whom had Parkinson's disease. But most likely you yourself know about it - yesterday everything was written about Sonya, from newspapers and news agencies to blogs and fashion websites.

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Until the end of April, a retrospective of Frida Kahlo, a great Mexican artist who became the soul and heart of female painting in the world, is held in St. Petersburg. It is customary to tell about Frida’s life through the story of overcoming physical pain, however, as is usually the case, this is only one aspect of a complex and multifaceted path.

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The rubric "Heroine" is devoted to women who are equal and who have something to learn - in one way or another. One of the main heroines of our days is a 17-year-old human rights activist from Pakistan, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in mid-October. We tell how a girl from a dangerous region became a politician, without even planning on herself, who helped her in this and how the tragedy in the life of one child helped fight for world peace.

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Today it became known that the fifth album of the American singer Taylor Swift "1989" for a week sold 1.2 million copies - no one has achieved the best result for the last 12 years. We understand the Swift phenomenon, which at one time changed the market of country music, and now marks even higher. "Welcome to New York," says Taylor Swift to herself in the first song of the album "1989".

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A FEW DAYS BACK POST "ANTI" - Rihanna's eighth album, which has been waiting for several years. Looking back in 2016, it is even strange to realize that this Rihanna is the same girl who made the whole planet sing a song about an umbrella. In fact, of course, in ten years, Rihanna has changed.

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RECENTLY LEFT the first full-fledged memoirs of the legendary Kim Gordon "Girl in a Band", where a member of the group Sonic Youth bluntly told about her life. The media first of all paid attention to its comments about industry associates and former members of the native group, however, the accustomed role of an angry woman is much more hidden for the public than empty dissatisfaction.

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"Thirty-two is a wonderful age. I like it! I would never exchange it for the opportunity to become twenty years old again. I became much calmer. And I learned a lot: patience, the ability to say no, the fact that life does not necessarily end with marriage." says Katy Perry in one of the fresh interviews dedicated to the release of her new album "Witness".

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On Thursday, the International Documentary Film Festival on Music and Culture Beat Filt Festival begins. Among others will show the film "Janis: The Little Girl Is Sad" about the fate of the rock icon Janis Joplin. Four albums, three groups and death in the fateful 27 years. Although the singer’s dependence on alcohol and drugs has been discussed for several decades, few people managed to get closer to Janice’s personal history: instead, Joplin’s name has become a common noun, personifying the 60s rebels.

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On the one hand, Susan Sontag does not seem to be needed, on the other hand, the board books of her authorship have only recently been translated into Russian. То, что вторую половину XX века печаталось в ведущих журналах, попадало в каждый книжный и изучалось в западных университетах, с большим опозданием наконец приходит к нам.

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JANUARY 27 marks the INTERNATIONAL MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST. The Nazi regime sentenced the Jews to death - men and women, old people and children. No one was spared: women were used for sterilization experiments, they were raped and beaten, their children were taken away. Like men, women fought against inhumanity and oppression.

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Three weeks ago, Serena Williams had a daughter, whose photos instantly spread all over the world. Yesterday, the athlete published a letter in which she appeals to her mother, thanks her for her strength and support and promises to be the same mother for her daughter. Events in her personal life instantly occupy the first lines of the news - although there is nothing scandalous about it: engagement, pregnancy, childbirth.

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The rubric "Heroine" is devoted to women who are equal and who have something to learn - in one way or another. One of such heroines of our days is lawyer Amal Alamuddin, the owner of a brilliant career and a woman with whom the most enviable groom of Hollywood was lucky. Since the moment he got engaged to Clooney, the name Amal has not left the pages of the glossy press, and Google is full of headlines like “Amal bought George two Cocker Spaniels,” and this is unlikely to ever stop.

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A NEW LEGENDARY AMERICAN WRITER BOOK by TONY Morrison, "God Save My Child," was published in her homeland, in the States, back in 2015, but we published it quite recently. This is a story about the betrayal of the closest people - parents - with whom the main character has to face, barely born into the world.

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In recent days, everyone is talking about Harvey Weinstein - the main Hollywood producer who was accused of harassment by dozens of famous women in Hollywood: Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, Lea Seydoux, Cara Delevin, Rose McGowan and many others. The latter hinted that Weinstein had raped her a year ago.

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"My story, told honestly and in a dry language, is the best weapon against terrorism that I have, and I plan to use it until these terrorists are brought to justice." This is a line from the autobiography of Nadi Murad, an Yezidi activist who last week received the Nobel Peace Prize "for her efforts in stopping the use of sexual violence as a weapon in military conflicts" - she is the only laureate from Iraq in the entire history of the prize.

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The film company "Pioneer" on April 19 releases the film "Westwood. Punk, Icon, Activist" in Russian hire. This is a worthwhile movie about one of the most famous British designers, which you can even go to those who are not interested in fashion. According to the already established tradition, the main character and her relatives met the film without enthusiasm: the eldest son of designer Ben, for example, accused the director Lorna Tucker of cutting the story lines about his mother's charitable and social activities.

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In RUBRIC "HEROINE" we talk about women from different professional fields that inspire us with talent, lifestyle and dedication. In addition to our bold and energetic contemporaries, stories about great women of the past will appear here, but we will start with a name that has been synonymous with the rapidly advancing future for the last ten years.

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