Dasha Zhukova appears to have it all.The gorgeous girlfriend of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and the daughter of another prominent Russian oligarch, it would be easy for her sit back and enjoy all the riches life has handed her.
But Zhukova, 30, is not just another extraordinarily rich girl. She’s an entrepreneur with an eye for fashion and art.
Her latest project, a fashion rag called Garage, is slated to hit newsstands next month (in time for Fashion Week) and has the art and editorial worlds abuzz.
One of three covers of the inaugural issue features a NSFW photo of a woman’s privates tattooed with a Damien Hirst-designed butterfly, and the content is also provocative and strange. Readers of issue #1 will be treated to a veggie-themed fashion spread, for example.
The New York Times explains:
In a newsstand environment dominated by digital perfection, Garage stands out because it looks almost handmade. The type is an amalgam of fonts, set to appear randomly. Some pages are pure mystery, like a spread that shows a dress called “Lettuce by Alexander McQueen.” It appears to be made of romaine, a creation by Ms. Battaglia and the photographer Fulvio Bonavia. Also included is a Prada dress made of citrus and a Moncler coat of anchovies.
Of course, it’s not all work and no play for Zhukova. She leads one of the most fabulous lives imaginable.
Zhukova is the daughter of wealthy Russian oligarch Alexander Radkin Zhukov, who was once arrested for arms trafficking. She grew up in Moscow, Houston and Los Angeles.
She briefly studied homeopathy in London before launching a small fashion label with a buddy in 2006.
Zhukova met Roman Abramovich while she was dating a Russian tennis star. The two were officially linked in 2007, shortly after Abramovich divorced his wife.
Of course, that means she has access to all Abramovich's cool toys--including his multiple homes and fleet of superyachts.
Abramovich has showered Zhukova with gifts, including a $27 million painting by Lucian Freud and a $2.4 million London penthouse.
But that doesn't mean she's on a permanent vacation. Zhukova became editor-in-chief of British fashion magazine Pop in 2009, though she resigned after less than two years.
She also opened the Garage, a cavernous modern art centre in Moscow that draws crowds of young and wealthy art lovers from Russia's capital.
She hobnobs with the international elite. In June she was spotted at an Art Basel dinner with SAC Capital's Steve Cohen, Wendi Murdoch and Tina Brown, among others.
She's also known to host wild parties that people are dying to get into everywhere from Moscow to Venice.
Now Zhukova is launching a new fashion magazine, also called Garage, that combines fashion and art--her two passions. It's not even out yet, and it's already causing a stir.
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