Sunday, February 14, 2010

Separated At Birth

It has been a while since I have done one of my "separated at birth" posts, but I could not help but notice the uncanny resemblance between these two women. Is it just my imagination, or do they look almost exactly alike? Everyone knows the woman on the right, but perhaps many of you may not know the woman on the left. It would be interesting to see those of you who do know who she is. I'll give you a hint ... she is extraordinarily well-educated and accomplished, and when they do a movie of the story of her life, they've already got the perfect actress to cast in the role.

Does anyone know who she is?



Deb said...

no clue whatsoever!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I don't even know who the woman on the right is, so you should say NEARLY everyone.

The Bug said...

I don't know who either of them are - yikes!

Jo said...

Hello...! The woman on the left is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister of the Ukraine, a brilliant economist and entrepreneur, and the woman on the left is Cheryl Ladd, an American actress. Cheryl Ladd took over for Farrah Fawcett, when Farrah left "Charlie's Angels". I think they look alike. A lot...!

The Bug said...

Oh - I don't know WHY I didn't recognize Cheryl Ladd! You're right - they do look a lot alike.

ivan said...

We probably did not recognize the beautiful Yulia Timoshenko with her hair down. All her previous photographs have he hair up and braided, almost peasant fashion, possibly because of its very length. She is, of course, a Ukrainian knockout with her hair either braided or cascading down.

Yulia Timoshenko came to the world's attention during Ukraine's Orange Revolution in 2004, as the glamorous lieutenant to Viktor Yushchenko.

She eventually almost beat Mr. Yusschenko, then actually beat him in an election and became Prime Minister.
With her braided blonde hair, fiery speeches and designer outfits, Yulia Tymoshenko was nicknamed the "princess" by the former Orange supporters.

In todays election she was beaten by a three per cent margin by Viktor Yanukovych, the man she helped push aside in the Orange Revolution, and who is now(by vote anyway), President.

She is contesting the election as put-up and phoney.

Her supporters see Mrs Tymoshenko as a glamorous revolutionary challenging a corrupt, macho political elite: Her powers of oratory inspired the huge crowds in Kiev in November-December 2004 and helped sweep Mr Yushchenko to power in the Orange Revolution.

But today, it's a different game as politicians in Ukraine have to tread lightly--or Mr. Putin cut off the gas supply from Russia.

--and Ukraine is in the worst recession ever.

Well, Yulia, you are a beauty and a fighter.
Best of luck to you and a hard-luck

Brenda said...

Wow that is a remarkable resemblance. I have to admit though that I didn't know either who they were. Cheryl Ladd I would have recognized more if her face were more forward.

Laurie said...

Nope, didn't recognize either one. But I love "separated at birth" pics.

Jennifer D said...

I didn't know who either of them were! How could I forget Cheryl Ladd? Good one Jo... you notice the most interesting stuff.I guess that is why I love this blog so much.

TomCat said...

You had me fooled, Josie. She was not pretty ennough to be you.


I thought this might be interesting to you, Jo......

Yanukovich pushes for early inauguration
Richard Balmforth
Reuters US Online Report World News

Feb 15, 2010 13:47 EST

KIEV (Reuters) - Supporters of Ukrainian President-elect Viktor Yanukovich pushed for an early February 25 inauguration on Monday to put pressure on rival Yulia Tymoshenko as she prepared a court challenge to his election.

Parliament appeared set on Tuesday to approve the early date for Yanukovich's swearing-in before Tymoshenko's followers opened their challenge in a high court in Kiev.

Backers of the 49-year-old prime minister say they have evidence to support their allegations that fraud by the Yanukovich camp robbed her of victory in the February 7 vote.

Although she is unlikely to succeed, the move will prolong uncertainty in the former Soviet state of 46 million, which has been hit by an economic crisis and is making do without a $16.4 billion IMF program, suspended last year.

Deputy Finance Minister Andriy Kravets said on Monday Ukraine would try to borrow abroad to pay a big domestic debt bill due in April, highlighting its financial problems.

"We don't have a large amount of foreign debt this year, its servicing and payment is not large," he said. "We have a more difficult and tense situation with domestic debt."

The charismatic Tymoshenko, who lost to Yanukovich by the narrow margin of 3.48 percentage points, according to official results, says she will never recognize him as a legitimately- elected president.

She has refused to step down as prime minister and concede defeat, despite the urging of Western governments which have formally congratulated the 59-year-old ex-mechanic and hailed his election as a victory for democracy.

The Yanukovich camp was clearly eager to see the Kiev court reject the Tymoshenko appeal quickly so that he could be installed by the end of the month, two weeks earlier than had earlier been expected.

Referring to parliament's expected agreement to a February 25 inauguration, Oleksander Yefremov, a representative of his Regions Party, said: "This decision will give a signal to the court not to draw matters out."

The stand-off spells more instability and political maneuvering, with Tymoshenko continuing as prime minister after Yanukovich is sworn in until she is forced out by a vote of no confidence.

Even then, she will be able to stay on as acting prime minister while Yanukovich embarks on the long and complicated business of trying to forge a coalition in parliament to find her successor.


In an interview with the BBC's Ukrainian service, Yanukovich said: "I understand very well that the coalition will be created around the candidature of the next prime minister, so I will encourage the process of unifying parliament and the negotiating process will show how much parliament is willing to unite around one or another candidate."

And he raised the possibility of the job going to businessman and former central bank chief Sergey Tigipko, 50, who secured a good negotiating position for himself after coming a strong third in the first round of voting.

"I do not rule out the candidature of Tigipko. Tigipko is on the list which, in my opinion, will be discussed next week in parliament," Yanukovich said.

Other candidates have been touted too, among them former finance minister Mykola Azarov, a loyal ally of Yanukovich, and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a 35-year-old former finance minister and one-time Speaker of parliament.

Oleksander Turchynov, a close aide of Tymoshenko, said she herself would appear at Kiev's High Administrative Court and was pressing for proceedings to be televised.

"Our side is preparing a large quantity of video material which confirm cheating at polling stations and in constituencies. A large number of witnesses are ready to give evidence about types of falsification," he told journalists.

Stephen said...

I am a student of beautiful blondes--which is of course why I came to your site--and based on years of study I think that the younger Catherine Deneuve bears a closer resemblance to Ms. Tymoshenko than Cheryl Ladd. Both actresses are older than Yulia, however, so neither would actually be tapped for the role. But thanks for the post, which sparked a pleasant reverie.

ivan said...

Frustrated fashion writer and suppressed cross dresser sez,

Yulia dyes her hair!

Carol E. said...

I don't know either one.

Love the magnolias!

ivan said...

There must be an exodus of beautiful Ukrainian women to Canada.
They're all over me here in Newmarket, Onario... Just in from Poltava or somewhere, and they're gorgeous Yulia look-alikes. I think I'm in love!
...But I have become a corpulent old Cossack!
All that's left is the desire!

Don't nuke the Uke!

Paula Slade said...

I thought the comparison was startling, but for the life of me I didn't know who these women were until I peeked further down on the replies. Ladd must have had some serious plastic surgery and Tymoshenko's hair-color (more yellow-gold) in the photo threw me. Neat comparison though!