Ukraine, Iryna Bilotserkovets on Playboy cover: model survived Russian raid

Metal bikini and eye patch. Iryna Bilotserkovets is the protagonist of the cover of the latest issue of Playboy Ukraine, the first since the beginning of the war. The historic magazine, in fact, was suspended last year. Today she returns to the newsstand choosing the model (and TV presenter) who survived an attack on Kiev in the first days of the invasion. A “sexy and courageous warrior” who bears the marks of conflict on her body. Playboy picked it for what it calls a “historic number.” One of the symbols of the Ukrainian resistance, Iryna Bilotserkovets today works in an association of artists and musicians who organize events for frontline troops.

Symbol of Ukrainian resistance

“I no longer have a beautiful face but the rest of my body is beautiful,” said Iryna, the wife of a collaborator of the mayor of Kiev, who was involved in the raid while she was in a car with her children. “I only remember a sharp pain in my head and that I had time to slow down.” Then the transfer to a clinic in Berlin and several operations, but for her eye there was nothing to do. “I was like Frankenstein,” she says, recalling the first time she looked in the mirror after the accident. “One eye missing, tubes sticking out all over the place, hair shaved off from surgery. Stitches, scars, wounds everywhere.”