After Petro Poroshenko’s sure victory already in the first round of the presidential race, the attention of the Ukrainian society turned out to be drawn not only to the new head of state, but to his wife as well. Maryna Poroshenko’s appearance and image are being studied by journalists as if under a microscope. “Fakty” decided to remember what all wives of Ukrainian Presidents looked like and what they have been remembered for.
The first First Lady of Ukraine was Antonina Kravchuk. The wife of the first President of Ukraine worked as a professor in the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and did not appear in public with her husband very often – in the beginning of the 90’s the attention of the press was not drawn firmly to the politicians’ personal lives. Leonid Kravchuk’s wife categorically refused to speak to journalists and avoided attention.
The wife of the twice-President Leonid Kuchma Liudymla actively engaged in traditional First Lady activity – charity. She helped children’s help funds, cooperated with UNESCO, supported the Paralympic movement in Ukraine. Liudmyla Kuchma tried to draw the attention of the press and society first and foremost as a civil activist, adhering to a modest clothing style.
The wife of the third President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko Kateryna, like her predecessor, dedicated herself to charity. However, the work of the First Lady’s fund was remembered by a scandal surrounding the unfinished “Hospital of the Future.” And fashionistas remember Kateryna as an adherent to ethnic motifs and traditional elements of clothing, despite the fact that the future First Lady was born and raised in the United States of America.
Liudmyla Yanukovich drew the attention of the press long before she became First Lady: in 2004 during the events of the “Orange Revolution,” she became the author of the infamous stories about “drugged oranges.” Despite the stylists and designers’ attempts to alter her extravagant style, the First Lady picked out her own clothing. A very specific taste in clothing did not prevent Viktor Yanukovich’s wife from being a theatre-goer and carrying out cultural events under her patronage.
Petro Poroshenko’s wife Maryna, who will soon officially become First Lady, has already managed to draw the attention of society. Not a lot is known about the wife of the newly-elected President: she is three years older than her husband, has given up a career in medicine, having dedicated herself wholly to caring for her husband and four children, among her favourite activities are cooking, embroidery and sewing. The couple likes traveling and rarely appears at luxury events in the capital, however they are always together.
Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina
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