Russia dared to look westward during their founder Peter the Great’s reign beginning on May 27, 1703. Described as the most westernized city in Russia, as well as its cultural gem, the artistic city has raised children who dare to be different.

Children who dare to stand out.

The feminine strong and beautifully shaped Russian model Juliya Lavrova is such a person. article, julia tumblr photo article, julia tumblr photo

“The most daring thing is to be yourself and to do exactly what you want to do at that point in time and not to be worried with what other people are doing or what’s popular.”… Wiz Khalifa


Artistic communities around the world are happy to welcome artists from other parts of the globe in a sign of solidarity and appreciation.

Despite their challenging common history, Russia and America did that so beautifully in the 1985 film White Nights, an American drama directed by Taylor Hackford and choreographed by Twyla Tharp and stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. article, photo article, photo

The global collaboration was shot in Finland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and Austria.

The film is notable both for the dancing of Hines and Baryshnikov and for the Academy Award winning songSay You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie in 1986, as well as “Separate Lives” performed by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin and written by Stephen Bishop.

Who can forget Lionel Richie’s timeless magical hit ‘Say You Say Me’ that has been the theme song to many artistic endeavors.

So many good things came out of the project including how Taylor Hackford met his future wife, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren, during the filming.

The film tells the story of a Soviet ballet dancer who has defected to America and an American tap dancer who has defected to Russia. The Russian is on a flight to Japan when the jet is forced to crash-land in Siberia and so he is once again in the hands of the society he has rejected.

Videos online are always subject to change or removal but if they are still present, you might enjoy these two links to the artistic gem.

White Nights, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Gregory Hines

The night time sky effects, White Nights, is special to St. Petersburg and in some ways is what makes the city special. Romantically special. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

White Nights come alive during those long summer evenings when the northern sun barely dips below the horizon.

Taking a look at the beautiful form of Juliya makes her so special. article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo

We love it when an adventurous, gorgeous and exotic woman like Juliya is daring enough to take risks and put herself out there.

Of all of the shapely models that Femcompetitor Magazine has researched, Juliya is very expressive and has more photos shared online than most that we have written about.

We love that too.

Doesn’t she look mouth-watering? article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo

Here is one of her understated yet moving and mesmerizing videos:

While expansive in photo sharing, Juliya seems a little reserved in interviews but does lend us the basics at her Twitter Social Media. “Hey. My name is Julia Lavrova. I am a plus size model. Involved in various projects for the development of a plus size culture in Russia.”

Her favorite photographer is Helga Charina.

“We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.”… Georges Jacques Danton


That avocation will be a challenge in Russia.

Those of us who love the look of Russian women, and there are legions, are aware that among the general populace there are shapely girls a plenty. article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo

Having said that, like other regions dominated by the thin model culture, moving Curvaceous Modeling into the light in Russia will not be easy.

Unless you start in the forward thinking magical city of St. Petersburg.

Let’s electronically fly there. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is politically incorporated as a federal subject (a federal city). It is located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.

In Russian literature, informal documents, and discourse, the word “Saint” is usually omitted, leaving “Petersburg”. In casual conversation Russians may drop the “burg” as well, referring to it as “Peter”.

Mr. Tom Master, a writer for the global travel site shares, “St Petersburg is an almost unrivalled treasure trove of art and culture. You can spend days in the Hermitage, seeing everything from Egyptian mummies to Picassos, while the Russian Museum, spread over four sumptuous palaces, is perhaps the best collection of Russian art in the world.

Add to this world-class ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theatre, classical concerts at the Shostakovich Philharmonic and a slew of big-name music festivals over the summer months, and you won’t be stuck for cultural nourishment. If contemporary art is more your thing, there’s also the fantastic Erarta Museum, showcasing the best in modern Russian art, and a small but buzzing gallery scene.”

Saint Petersburg is a major trade gateway, financial and industrial center of Russia specializing in oil and gas trade, shipbuilding yards, aerospace industry, radio and electronics, software and computers. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

They also participate in  machine building, heavy machinery and transport, including tanks and other military equipment, mining, instrument manufacture, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy (production of aluminum alloys), chemicals, , medical equipment, publishing and printing, food and catering, wholesale and retail, textile and apparel industries, and many other businesses.

If you decide to visit Russia, traveling to St. Petersburg is a must. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

Besides you’ll meet wonderful girls like Juliya.

“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”…. Anita Roddick


According to online research, our Russian beauty is a loving wife and mother.

With a growing fan base, a globe-trotting life style, rising popularity and a bright future, it appears that Juliya has it all. She took a risk and so far it’s paying off.

So often that’s where being adventurous and daring will get you. article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo article, Juliya Lavrova tumblr photo

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Sources:, Wikipedia,, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.…_grishko