‘Vogue Russia’ Faux Pas

Vogue Russia has just released its first issue under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Viktoria Davydova, and already it is stirring up controversy. Not only is the January 2011 cover girl, Alina Kabaeva, not a model but rather a gold medal-winning rhythmic gymnast, and wearing a gold Balmain dress that has already been seen on many other covers, but Alina is also the reputed mistress of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Needless to say, (previous) fans have taken to online forums en masse and are not impressed. Your move, Vogue Russia.