Exploration can thrust us into the unknown and the known if we are willing to look at the latter through fresh eyes with questions raised.

Viktoria Manus is a gorgeous, curvy model from Russia.

Okay we got that. She’s young, fresh faced and gregarious.

Are shapely models too sexy in the same attire that would look ordinary on thin models?

We got that too.

Now it’s time for some fresh eyes.

It’s reading the quote of an actress and former model that encouraged me to look at another model, Viktoria through a different lens.

The fine actress Katherine Marie Heigl is a film producer and former fashion model. She played Izzie Stevens on ABC‘s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, a role for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007.

So when she speaks, I listen.

She was once quoted as saying, “I definitely want to go out and explore different personalities and different people.

For me, Viktoria is different people. Why?

fciwomenswrestling.com article, pinterest.com photo

fciwomenswrestling.com article, pinterest.com photo

It’s that darn last name that I can’t get out of my head. Manus? I know I haven’t traveled as much as I would have liked, but what is a beautiful Russian girl doing with a last name like Manus?

Are you with me?

The informative site babynames.com comes to the rescue. They explain that the meaning of the name Manas is Intelligence.

Okay. That makes sense but where is this name from? Can you guess? It caught me by surprise.

The origin of the name Manas is East Indian. Sanskrit to be exact.

Hmm. When I think of Russia, I hadn’t really thought of her as having a sizable East Indian population but apparently they do.

The always reliable Wikipedia provides us with great foundation material. Here is what they have to say.

“Sanskrit is the primary sacred language of Hinduism, a philosophical language in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, and a literary language that was in use as a lingua franca in Greater India.

Indian presence in Russia dates back to the 17th century when Astrakhan, a trading-port in the delta of the Volga river by the Caspian Sea was incorporated into Moscow state. By then, Indian traders had reached as far as Isfahan in Persia, Kizlyar in the North Caucasus and Astrakhan in Russia. The first Indians from Sindh and Multan arrived in Russian Astrakhan in 1615.

In 1624, a special trading post for Indian merchants was erected in Astrakhan along with separate posts for Armenian and Persian merchants. Many of them were dealers in Astrakhan textiles, jewelry and medicines. There are records of Indians marrying Tartar women.”

Tartar Women

Here we go. Now I can see how that name was passed down until it reached our modern day Russian Princess.

By the early 18th century Indian merchants lived not only in Astrakhan, but also in Moscow. Russian chroniclers reported the presence of Hindu traders in Moscow in the 18th century. Indian diamond trade was known then in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Interesting. I have watched many Russian films and yet I don’t I remember seeing a character of East Indian descent.

So I began to explore the news and guess what I saw?

On November 20, 2015, it was reported by the respected news source thediplomat.com, “Over the past six months, Russia has made its presence felt in the global realpolitik scene with gusto. With the Kremlin militarily intervening in Syria, reportedly bombing ISIS and in effect protecting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus, while juggling a yet unresolved Ukraine crisis and dealing with Western sanctions… Moscow has its hands full.

Most aspects of India-Russia bilateral ties are quite institutionalized, and work in an automated manner irrespective of who is in power in New Delhi or Moscow. Russia could perhaps be seen as India’s only definitive “strategic” partner in its truest form, and this unique relationship has developed over decades”

The same source provides more information on January 03, 2016. “In late December, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first state visit to Russia to take part in the 16th annual bilateral summit. Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin used the summit to review bilateral ties across a number of areas, including security, trade, commerce, science and technology, defense, and energy. Talking about the relationship, Modi described Russia as “a strong and reliable friend,” while Putin expressed his happiness about “developing the privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia.”

The operative word in the above info is institutionalized. So the two governments have established relations that some would describe as friendly. What is it like to be an everyday East Indian citizen in Russia?

I explored online for what seemed like a sound source named in.rbth.com. The writer speaks to what it’s like to be a student in Russia. “Quite often, worried students and parents ask me about college life in Russia. Although I have never been a full time student in the country, I have met a large number of Indians who have studied in places such as Moscow, Smolensk, St Petersburg and Volgograd. Most of these young people claim that their time in the country was absolutely golden and full of good experiences.”

Our friend, Ajay Kamalakaran continues. “It’s easy to get swayed by all sorts of negative information on the internet, but keep in mind the old saying- “misery demands company.” It’s essential to maintain a positive attitude and focus on the good things about student life in the country.”

Now for the most important point of all that can apply to any small group of people who want to be included in the company of the majority.

Mr. Kamalakaran concludes, “Indian students often fall into the trap of befriending their countrymen and sticking together in groups with other Indians. Not only does this rob you of a chance to make friends with Russian students, it also stops you from seeing the kind of places that few foreigners see while in Russia. I am not even hinting that one should avoid other Indian students, but no matter how long student life is in Russia, it’s still temporary and international friendships made in the student years are the ones that usually last a lifetime.”

I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore………Georgia O’Keeffe

We love the world of the Fem Competitor.

Yes models do compete for contracts and endorsements too. Our world is primarily that of the female submission wrestler yet what they have in common with models, gymnast, dancers, fitness girls and the like is that if we are willing to look at more than their sexy bodies, their life stories take us around the world and teach us so much.

So this story started with Viktoria and including myself, she certainly has her admirers.

The fun site marriedwiki.com expresses, “She is Russian plus size model who is popular for her gorgeous hourglass body shape. From her young age she was fascinated in modelling. She won plus size modeling contest in Russia which further helped to boost her career and inspired her to pursue a career of a plus size model. She is also faces of new Lane Bryant’s “I’m No Angel” Campaign which is anti-Victoria’s Secret models and was established to promote natural beauty. Currently she resides in New York.”

Nice to know.

A life lived unexplored is a life not worth living.…….Kirk Hammett

Hey look. Viktoria has something to say and what better place to say it than the industry house organ and leader, modelmayhem.com. Viktoria smiles, “Hello everyone! Now here I want to find photographers who are interested to make a shoot with me.”

Viktoria? You are so beautiful we are happy to get the word out about that.

This writer loved reviewing Viktoria’s videos.

She’s soft, feminine, sexy, super cute and young with no trace of the disappointment in her face that long life partially disappointed can sometimes bring. As she goes on her personal exploration, hopefully life continues to be full of wide eyed wonder for this Russian Sweetheart.

Wide eyed wonder for a wonderful girl.

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Sources: brainyquote.com, Wikipedia, fciwomenswrestling2.com, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.