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2009 Celebrity Gossip: Hot Russian and Ukrainian Women Appear Often

29. December 2009 by Christy 0 Comments

Mickey Rourke

From weddings and babies, Playboy appearances and reality show wins, hot Russian and Ukrainian women were no strangers to celebrity gossip blogs and tabloid magazines this past year. Below are some of the more interesting moments of 2009.


Ukrainian Model Causes Stir at Playboy Mansion – January 

Ukrainian model Dasha Astafieva (Miss January 2009, 55th Anniversary Playmate) is rumored to have caused quite a stir at the Playboy mansion last year. Hugh’s girlfriends at the time, The Girls Next Door’s Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson were less than thrilled at the attention Hugh lavished upon Dasha. Some even speculate that the Ukrainian beauty was the reason for the foursome’s eventual breakup.


Dasha Astafieva


Milla Jovovich Marries Director - August

On August 22nd, Ukrainian born actress Milla Jovovich married director and long-time boyfriend Paul W.S. Anderson at the couple’s Beverly Hills home. The two currently have one child, a daughter, though Milla has indicated that she wants many more. The pair met at the filming of Resident Evil, a movie Paul directed. Read more about Milla Jovovich's marriage.


Milla Jovovich Wedding


Karina Smirnoff Poses Nude for PETA – September

Ukrainian born dancer Karina Smirnoff appeared in a racy PETA ad decrying the use of fur for fashion. The successful dancer and star of Dancing With the Stars admitted to wearing fur in the past, but reported changing her mind after learning about the heartbreaking cruelty inflicted upon foxes, minks, raccoons, chinchillas, rabbits, and other animals. Click to see original post about Karina Smirnoff's PETA campaign.


Karina Smirnoff PETA


Mel Gibson’s Russian Fiance Has Baby Girl - October

Mel Gibson and Russian singer/pianist Oksana Grigorieva welcomed their first child on October 30th. The child, a daughter named Lucia, is Oksana’s first and Mel’s eighth (a birth that lead to a plethora of Octodad jokes). The couple is currently engaged, but there are no definite wedding plans at this time. Read more about Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson.


Oksana Grigorieva Daugther


Russian Fashion Designer Wins Project Runway - November

Irina Shabayeva, a former resident of the republic of Georgia, won the sixth season of Project Runway this November. Irina currently lives in New York City where she attended Parsons the New School for Design. Read more about Irina Shabayeva's Project Runway win.


Irina Shabayeva Project Runway


Mickey Rourke Gets Engaged to Russian Model, Maybe - December

Engaged or not engaged? Earlier this month, celebrity gossip bloggers begin posting reports of Mickey Rourke’s engagement to Russian model Elena Kuletskaya. The two were said to be planning an April wedding in Moscow. However, the actor denied such claims and has named Ana Makarenko as his girlfriend, not Elena. Interesting.


Elena Kuletskaya


Bianna Golodryga Announces Engagement to Peter Orszag - December

ABC news correspondent Bianna Golodryga announced her engagment to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag on Good Morning America in late December. Golodryga is of Russian descent and speaks Russian fluently. The pair met at a White House Correspondent's Dinner and were engaged in New York City. 


Bianna Golodryga Engagement


Let's hope 2010 will be another active year for hot Russian and Ukrainian women!