Volochkova, who has previously said that dancers were pimped out as escorts at oligarch parties and was fired in 2003 for being overweight, repeated those claims.
Ballet. Where you get fired for gaining weight. Knowing professional ballet dancers, this means she looked more normal. Are we really shocked about the prostitution? My former ballerina wife wasn't, and actually sounded surprised that isn't reported more often. This isn't anything new as far as the dancers using their status, sex appeal and figures for money. Stefan Zweig wrote that in pre-Great War Vienna ballerinas could get the highest of prices for a night of sin. The Kirov Ballet, formerly the Mariinsky Ballet, was renamed after the beloved Soviet figure who was a major patron and admirer of the ballet. He loved dating ballerinas and was commonly seen with different dancers. Kirov had a thing for them. Russia is stocked with pretty women, so I am surprised the Russian oligarchs would risk being compromised or even spending the money for a ballet dancer. This might be a Russian cultural quirk.
Any Russian insight into this possible fetish?