Why on Earth Are Ukrainian Women So Beautiful?
The most beautiful women live in Ukraine, it’s already a well-known fact. And Kiev takes the first place in the list of the ten cities with the most stunning ladies in the world.
US Vice President Joe Biden was struck by the beauty of Ukrainian women after his two-day diplomatic visit to Kiev. We all remember media news headlines:
- Biden Gushes Over Ukraine’s Beautiful Women.
- Veep Biden met with Ukrainian President in Kiev and gave a new meaning to foreign relations when he lavished praise on the women of the country – telling the leader “you have so many beautiful women” here.
- Veep blurts Ukraine has “the most beautiful women in the world”.
American and European feminists and journalists started blaming the man for all the existing sins after a two-sentence truthful remark about his personal observations. But I believe it wasn’t just one of his ordinary gaffes as media managed to name it. This honorable senior official, who traveled all over the world due to his political and social mission, has seen a lot. And if he made this short remark on such a high-rank level, I dare to say – He meant it!
In pursuit of a Ukrainian dream-wife
Nowadays you can hardly meet a man who hasn’t heard of Ukrainian women’s beauty. It is a well-known fact that men love with their eyes and appearance of a woman is important for them. When foreigners arrive in Ukraine they are struck by the exceptional beauty of the women. They see gorgeous ladies everywhere around and somewhere deep inside their enchanted mind arises a perennial question – “Why are these women so stunning!” So, what is the origin of a phenomenon of Ukrainian women beauty?
Middle Ages Witch hunt terror to blame?
Recently I’ve come across an article that Western Europeans destroyed their gene pool of beautiful women in the Middle Ages. When each beautiful woman was subjected to the death penalty being accused of witchcraft, they were burned at the stake. Moreover, if a newborn girl was beautiful, she was killed as well. While in Eastern Europe on the lands of Slavs this terrifying process didn’t leave much impact.
Frankly speaking, I don’t take this theory seriously. Let’s analyze just some simple data. The “witch hunt” processes started in the middle of the 16th century and lasted for 200 years. During this time the overall quantity of victims of Inquisition counts not more than 50 000 people. Here included not only women but also men, children, newborns.
In comparison with the history of physical destruction and moral harassment of Ukrainian people over the last 650 years this “witch hunt” looks just like drop in the ocean. Only the Holodomor (the Soviet man-made terror-famine in USSR in 1932-1933) claimed lives of 4-7 million ethnic Ukrainians.
A mixture of blood, genes, and assimilation of Old Slavs
There also exists a very popular theory that Slavic women are uniquely beautiful thanks to the uncontrolled mixture of genes and blood during numerous invasions and also assimilation of ethnicities. History tells us that in different times ethnic Ukrainians and their lands were invaded by powers of Mongols, Cumans, Poles, Lithuanians.
Let’s look at the history of invasions and assimilation of Slavs – inhabitants of the ancient Eastern European feudal state Kievan Rus in more detail.
- Khazar kingdom – Jewish Empire
Khazaria held considerable sway in the 7-11 centuries, extending its power from the northern Caucasus to Eastern Europe and beyond. It was only in 1016 when a joint Rus-Byzantine expedition was launched against the Khazars that the Khazar empire was defeated.
An interesting fact is that Arab sources and Muslim geographers describe “white Khazars” ruling caste as people having a white complexion, blue eyes, and reddish hair. Before the enslavement by the Persian Jews, Khazaria was a powerful state where both white and black Khazars lived peacefully. The white Khazars were the ruling elite consisted of the probably Aryans professional warriors. The black Khazars were the Turkic tribes who came from the lower reaches of the river Ra, from the depths of Asia. They had yellow or dark skin color and black eyes and hair. Studies of the physical remains of Khazars such as skulls at Sarkel have reflected a mixture of Slavic, European and Mongolian types.
- the Golden Horde – Mongolian tribes – Tatar-Mongol yoke
The influence of the Mongol invasion on the territories of Kievan Rus was devastating. Kiev was practically burnt to the ground and robbed. The citizens annihilated and captured as slaves. However, the Novgorod Republic, the cities of Moscow and Tver began to flourish under the Mongols. They agreed to pay tribute and the Golden Horde never touched them with raids. What we can’t say about Kiev. As Kiev Princes never paid tribute to Mongols. Some historians agree that Kievan Rus was not a homogeneous political, cultural, or ethnic entity and that the Mongols merely accelerated fragmentation that had begun before the invasion.
The Golden Horde also never settled on Kievan land and after the raid in 1240 they left the city and went back to the steppes. It looked like a revenge act: to destroy, to burn, to rob. They swept through Kiev like a raven darkness. Historians still have debates on the long-term influence of Mongol on Rus society. The recent information from Ukrainian archeologists that it was not more than 15 years. Not that many for deep assimilation processes, right?
- Poles, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Macedonians, Croats, Czechs, Slovens, part of European Russians, these are all nations which descended from Slavic tribes
They were separated by the Christian church into Orthodox and Catholics. East Slavic Orthodox were united in the Kievan Rus feudal state. There, surely, exists the fact of assimilation and ethnic consolidation between ethnicities. But globally human history can be seen as a process of assimilation of nations, association countless tribes in a limited number of ethnic groups, peoples, nations, nationalities.
Anthropologists claim that at least 1/5 part of the world’s population is mestizo. Thus, to state that Slavs suffered the most massive assimilation is not reasonable.
Moreover, numerous DNA tests of Y chromosomes from a representative sample of Ukrainians revealed that despite the conventional belief about the strong Turkic and Mongolian impurities in the blood of Slavs, it turned out that a haplogroup of Turkic nations and other Asian ethnic groups left a very small trace on Slavic population – only 3 to 5 %.
All in all, I wouldn’t stick to the point that only the fact of the mixed blood in the history of a nation led to the reality whether its people are beautiful or not.
DNA research reveals
The beauty of Ukrainian women has passed through the centuries and has retained its primordial glory. There was conducted a large-scale genetic research using the latest technologies and involving the best world experts which revealed that feminine gender in Ukraine is at least three times older than masculine gender. The ancestors of modern Ukrainian women came to the lands of modern Ukraine 20,000 years before the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture appeared there.
Genetically, Ukrainian women inherited the genes of some specific, very ancient race. Only women can be considered the indigenous population of the territory of modern Ukraine. Women did not participate in the wars and cared very much about the proper fatherhood ability of men. They instinctively chose as partners only those representatives of the most powerful tribes who were to become good fathers to their children.
Feminine – not feminists
Speaking of gender roles in Ukraine, they still differ from those in Western Europe. The idea of feminism has not been caught in Ukraine. Here has been cultivated a soft women’s strength. Have a look at these originally Ukrainian proverbs:
- A husband is a head, a wife is a neck. Which way the neck will turn, that way the head will look.
- Just as father says, so by “mother’s will” it will be.
- A good wife is a stone wall.
Matriarchy is the most profound component of Ukrainian culture. That’s why here people say that with a good wife a husband will be a real man.
In Ukraine, a woman has always possessed a right to make her own decision. Can you tell what other nation had the following wedding rite?
Wedding ceremonies started with matchmaking. First a groom sent his trustful representatives to the girl’s parents and in playful and allegorical form they asked to give their daughter in marriage. The girl herself didn’t participate in negotiations, but she had a right to choose and to express her opinion.
If she agreed to marry that guy, then she playfully pretended being busy cooking in the oven. If not – she gave the representatives a pumpkin. That was a sign of refusal and it was called “to catch a pumpkin”. Such bad result was so humiliating for the groom that very often before the matchmaking he sent scouts to the girl’s house. Those were supposed to find out what was on her mind.
It will be wise to say that all the above mentioned historical, political, social, scientific facts and circumstances created and formed the image of a woman which we have nowadays. The image which has passed through the centuries and hasn’t lost a single drop of that unique beauty, heartwarming femininity and spiritual power.
On the rights of the author of this article, I invite you to Kiev, amazing ancient city, capital of Ukraine. Come and make sure that Ukrainian women are really the most beautiful women in the world. During my Kiev private tours, I will tell you more about the history and culture of Ukrainians.
The phenomenon of Ukrainian beauty, either physical or spiritual, is still being discovered. Scientists all over the world rack their brains guessing the truth. While these women continue bearing the fame of the best wives ever. Every day of her life a Ukrainian wife proves to be a trustful supporter of her husband, a wise counselor, a combat friend and an equal life partner.