Nadezhda Simanovskaya (and Others) by Marina Alexandra (Mari Iva)

Nadezhda Simanovskaya (and Others) by Marina Alexandra (Mari Iva)

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This is in fact a perfectly normal children’s portrait by Saint Petersburg photographer Marina Alexandra, who also calls herself professionally Photoproject Tuvista. But since the model – fellow Saint Petersburg resident twelve-year-oldΒ Nadezhda (Nadia) SimanovskayaΒ – is looking a little doe-eyed, and sporting some pretty shoulders, it sometimes gets reposted on adult sites.

Click on Marina’s name above, and the link takes you to the most innocent photographer’s working site there can be – she does everything to maintain a business – albums, posters, framed pictures, you name it – but the children’s photography part of it is based around the traditional Russian love of sentimentalising childhood, not exploiting it….. Here’s the rest of the set:

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Nadia is described on her Fashion Kids‘ profile as having little experience – and in fact the few other searchable portraits of her are also by Marina:

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…….the first one is remarkably good: great eye-formation, cute snub nose, and perfect cupid’s bow lips – I’ll bet she lacks a good agency or parental pushiness to prevent her from having done so little at twelve – basically her career is all but over – and she’s living in what is probably the best city in the world to be a successful girl model.

Here are some more of Marina’s portraits:

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…..I took most of these from her Vk.com feed – and my only concern was that she rarely uses a watermark, and never states her direct ownership of the photos: and among them were these two:

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….respectively by Alena Nikiforova-Kunda and Vika Pobeda. I don’t believe for a second that she’s trying to pass them off as her own work – they’re far too well known, for one thing – but it’s possible some in the above gallery could be innocent intrusions, as well……..caveat emptor.

While the Vk.com blog also tells us the rather surprising information that she studied at the University of Limerick – it also tells us that she’s “in love”…….ahhh πŸŽ€πŸŽˆπŸŽ‹πŸ’‹πŸ’πŸ‘ΈπŸ’‘πŸŽ‡πŸŽŠπŸŽ†πŸ’’!!!

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