Vogue cover of Ukrainian President, first lady divides netizens

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska’s photo shoot for Vogue magazine has caused a stir on social media. The magazine captured in its cover story how the couple who… country ravaged by war managing their relationship, family life and the emotional toll the invasion has taken.

Vogue called Zelenska “a face of her nation — a woman’s face, a mother’s face, an empathetic human face.” Zelenska, dressed in an off-white satin top and black trousers, sits on marble steps and looks at the camera.

In another exclusive photo, taken by Vogue photographer Annie Leibovitz, the couple pose together.

As the photos took the internet by storm, they provoked mixed reactions online. While some users referred to them as a “power couple” and the first lady as a “brave woman,” others were annoyed.

Many criticized the pair for a “publicity stunt” and “wasting money contributed to Ukraine” as the Ukrainians struggle to survive. Some even mocked the fashion and lifestyle magazine for “romanticizing” the war.

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Zelenska also shared some photos against the backdrop of war-torn Ukraine. “Being on the cover of @voguemagazine is a great honor and dream of many successful and prominent people of the world. All I wish for them all is that it is not because of the war in their country,” she wrote on Instagram.

Speaking to Vogue about how the war affected their family lives, Zelenskyy said, “Like any ordinary man, I worry about them, about their safety. I didn’t want them to be endangered.”

“It’s not about romance. It’s about the horrors that happened here in the outskirts of Kiev and about all those horrors that are happening now in our country, in the occupied territories,” he added. ‘But of course I missed them. I wanted so badly to hug them. I wanted to be able to touch them.”

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