The following links annoy me because my reaction to them renders me a prude. ME!
These are typical Russian high school students celebrating graduation with the traditional costumes and rituals.
Here is another page on the same blog.
And here is the link I first found, which set me off on the quest to figure out what, exactly, is going on here. I am told that no one wears these French maid costumes to school anymore, but that this was the school uniform during the communist era. Now they are retro-cool. And, I am told, only available in sex shops. Duh-oh.
Waiting... - *In October on Manezh Square, outside of the Kremlin* It's the final countdown until the Olympics... Here's a link to an article that was in the "Russia ...
3 years ago