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    Extraordinary Beauty: World Famous Russian Women

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    • Famous model Natalia Vodianova at the ceremony of preliminary drawing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
    • Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Yelena Isinbayeva.
    • Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova.
    • Russian supermodel Irina Shayk at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.
    • Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova.
    • Russian model Sasha Pivovarova.
    • Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova.
    • Russian ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina, the prima of the St.Petersbourg Mariinsky Theatre.
    • Russian model Vlada Roslyakova.
    • t.A.T.u members at the 61st International film festival in Cannes.
    • Russian supermodel Natalia Polevshchikova at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
    • Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko.
    • Ballerina Diana Vishneva, the prima of the American Ballet Theatre.
    • Actress Svetlana Khodchenkova at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale - 2018.
    • Opera singer Anna Netrebko and Vladimir Spivakov, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Philharmonic of Russia and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra during a concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow
    • Actress Ksenia Rappoport on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the 28th Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi.
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    Founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, top model Natalia Vodianova during the ceremony of preliminary drawing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Konstantinovsky Palace in Russia's Strelna.

    The idea of the creation of a special day fully dedicated to women was first suggested by participants of the Socialist Party of America in New York. This initiative found a stable ground in Soviet Russia after the 1917 revolution, because it resulted in the equal rights for all Soviet people: both men and women.

    The first "National Woman's Day" was organized on February 28, 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America. 

    In subsequent years the idea spread to European countries, namely to Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, after participants of a 1910 International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, inspired by their US associates proposed the establishment of an annual Women's Day.

    Women's Day in Russia

    Russian women went further and their march in 1917 in the capital of the then Russian Empire, Petrograd was the beginning of the February Russian Revolution. A strike for "Bread and Peace": the end of World War I, end of food shortages in the country, and the end of czarism led to mass strike and the czar's later demise.

    After the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks Vladimir Lenin and Alexandra Kollontai proclaimed this day an official holiday in the Soviet Union.

    The United Nations started celebrating International Women's Day in International Women's Year in 1975. Two years after, the United Nations General Assembly urged member states to declare March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.

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