Russian figure skating ace Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, known for her raunchy exhibition routine, says she enjoys battling “widely accepted stereotypes of a female skater.”
Talking recently to Russian publication sobaka.ru, the 2015 world champion said that she is determined to work out her own unique and unforgettable style regardless of what other people might think about her image on or off the ice.
“I differ from other skaters. I love to add some signature traits to the sport. I love to be bright and brave, braking widely accepted stereotypes of a female skater,” Tuktamysheva said.
“I know that the video of my exhibition routine has gained more than one million views on YouTube, but Im trying not take it seriously. Im sure it was cool, but there were also so many negative words, especially from women,” she added.
“People got used to a traditional format of figure skating, but suddenly some hotshot emerged, setting the world of figure skating on fire. Of course, it made some people angry. But I prefer to ignore haters and not pay so much attention to them. When you have a strong sense of self-worth, its easier to push all negative emotions aside.”
The 22-year-old revealed that she doesnt think her body to be ideal, but she decided not to focus on imperfections and accept herself as she is.
“I looked into the mirror and accepted that I dont have the body of a model. Yes, Im small and I have a curvy figure, but I love myself as I am. Somebody might dislike me, but I dont care. All those [negative] comments are nothing, if you respect yourself,” Tuktamysheva stated.