Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks to the media after the signing of a gas deal in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, shortly after their talks. Russia and Ukraine on Monday signed a deal that restores natural gas shipments to Ukraine and paves the way for an end to the nearly two-week cutoff of most Russian gas to a freezing Europe. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Let's face it, 2008 was a rough year for this blog. First we lost Ursula Plassnik when she stepped down as Austria's foreign minister and, frustratingly, disappeared completely from public view; then we voted in a new administration which so far appears to be lacking in sartorial hilarity; next, promising starlet Bill Richardson decided not to move to Washington; finally, Condi's reign of
What this blog needs is a replacement superstar. The ideal candidate would be a constantly-photographed public figure, one who makes unusual/hilarious fashion choices, and above all, one who has really, totally weird hair. And then it struck* me: Yulia! And she's been there all this time! Hiding in plain sight!
And it's not like I've totally ignored the mind-boggling Ukrainian head of state. After all, I featured the back of her breathtaking hairdo last year because Pony Pals™ demanded it. Furthermore, it'll be easy and fun because the photographers LOVE HER and she loves them. And even more, Yulia loves herself, as evidenced by her extraordinary personal web page, a site which will make your heart explode with joy.
So anyway, I sure hope you like Yulia! You're going to be seeing a lot of her! YAY.
*I owe a lot to a Pony Pal™ who recently reminded me about Yulia, but now I can't seem to find the post wherein she did so. Please step forward and take a bow! You have done this blog a great service.