Sasha – Moscow, RU
It’s easy to have preconceptions based on one’s looks. But prior to shoots, I always try to look past that, to go in open-minded to really get to know someone. Well, in Sascha’s case that was quite the challenge with his botox lips, pumped-up body, head-to-toe tattoos (200 hours of tattooing by one artist), and his feminine style of clothing.
But again someone’s appearance tricked me. Because there wasn’t much eccentricity to be found when I arrived at his apartment where he lives with his wife Masya. Together they live a regular couple’s life: they love cooking together, they chill with their dogs Ricci & Jason, and his looks are actually based on a very simple line of thought: why are women allowed to make themselves pretty and to care about being beautiful, and men cannot? Or in his own words: “nobody wants to look at a man’s butt crack but with a woman all of a sudden it’s sexy to see her ass.” Fair enough.
He doesn’t even look at himself as extravagant or eccentric. But he’s well aware that he goes against the current of society in Russia by embracing his feminine side and by always being positive and happy (“you never see people smiling on the streets here”). Despite his masculine build, it’s not always safe for Sasha to go outside by himself. That’s why he’s mostly together with his wife, and prefers to travel to more open-minded countries. Escaping his self-made reality.
Sasha told me he doesn’t do it for the fame, but instead wants to make people happy with how he looks. He’s a much needed colorful person among Russia’s overall grey and bland personalities. Inspirational—but I still don’t feel the urge to look at his butt crack. Sorry, Sasha 😉