The Hungarian-language news website Index.hu
reports Prime Minister Tymoshenko appeared at Ukraine’s weekly government meeting wearing her hair without its trademark braid!
Meanwhile her personal website
uploaded a series of photos showing the PM arranging her hair in its new style, which is parted at the right and combed straight, then tied in a bun at the back.
In past years, Tymoshenko’s website, under the section “real braid,” showed readers that her long plaits were indeed her own hair. In 2007, the politician appeared in the Ukrainian parliament with her hair down, which caused quite a stir, so she promised not to do it again.
Tymoshenko, now 49, refuses to join the trend among female politicians to cut their hair when approaching 50, and has used her long hair to her advantage, making the braided hair her own trademark. Until now. Tymoshenko said the Ukrainian poetess, Lesya Ukrainka, inspired braiding her hair.
The Ukrainian politician has done some inspiring herself, as revealed by the nude statue
of Mikola Smatyko, who based his nude of the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, on the prime minister. When asked if the statue was an accurate likeness of Tymoshenko, Smatyko gave an evasive answer, referring to artistic licence.
Now the trademark braid has changed, but the question remains: Will Ukrainians still vote for the alluring Yulia Tymoshenko?
For a view of Tymoshenko with her braid intact, see below: