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Yalta - Living History

Cream of the Crop

The Crimea. Just the name conjures up romantic images, ancient battles, of history being made. The ancient Greeks called it the Golden Horde name it proudly wears even today.

The beach town of Yalta in the south of Ukraine clings to a spur of land jutting into the Black Sea on the southern tip of Crimea. It is most famous for the conference at the Livadia Palace in 1945 when President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and General Stalin met to decide the fate of Europe after a war that rocked the whole of Europe to its very core. Today a thriving tourist industry grows by leaps and bounds every year.

There are lots of beauty contests and bikini competitions, and although the girls who enter are pleased to take home a sash to hang on the bedroom wall, the prime reason for heading south to Yalta is to be discovered by one of the many reps from the model agencies. These are not just pretty faces in the crowd or wannabe stars. No, these are smart career minded women who know that to make it in the modeling business, you have to take every shot you can to be noticed, no matter how slim chances.

And why else would Mr Hegre be there?

Back Stage Pass

Back Stage Pass

Going to the Ukraine for me now is bit like going home, but my destination for the first time was somewhere new and with a reputation for adventure and excitement.

Luba and I took off from Kiev under a sparkling blue sky that filled us with high hopes and great enthusiasm. We were on our way to the Crimea to savour the hot days of summer with its long beaches, warm sea and sexy girls.

The first leg of the journey was by air to Simferopol, and then a two hour drive over a bumpy road to Yalta in a twenty year old Lada provided by our hotel. I couldn't help smiling as I looked back with a clear memory to being picked up in a Rolls Royce at the airport on our recent trip to Dubai. Life is about contrast isn't it?

We had timed our arrival in Yalta to coincide with Yalta Day and its celebrated Miss Yalta Competition – there are lots of beauty competitions, but this is the competition and, naturally, it is as hard to get a backstage pass for the show as it is to get a live interview with Michael Jackson or a ticket for the European Cup Final. But we had come too far to fail at the last hurdle. Luba flirted outrageously with the press attaché and, after I flashed my big camera, we finally got these gold dust passes and, boy, was it worth it.

No boasting here, but I immediately picked out the winner and stuck with her for the duration of the competition, getting real close and getting some candid shots that are natural and très sexy. As you can see from the Day 1 photos, this is as good as it gets: #Alexandra doing the splits in her little white mini skirt, #some eye-tingling up the skirt snaps of her doing the cancan on stage, #intimate studies of her in her skin-tight-next-to-nothing golden bathing suit, #Alexandra's sister oiling her legs...and don't even wish or pray for more because she is too young to become a Hegre Girl. So, here's all the news that's fit to print, a backstage documentary CNN could never show: Alexandra, the official Miss Yalta 2004.

From Yalta, Crimea,

Petter Hegre reporting.

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Two for One

Two for One

After a long night with the crowning of Miss Yalta and some of the most impressive displays of fireworks I have ever seen, little Miss Yalta slipped into history by morning.

My day was dedicated to two other beautiful and this time fully naked Crimea girls: Leka and Susha, 18 and 21, they came from a nearby town and proudly but bashfully presented themselves.

Leka, more experienced and skinny, Susha, younger and fuller in figure, but both tall and excited if a little nervous to pose naked for the first time. Working with two fresh girls at the same time is the best way to quell their anxiety.

They find security in their togetherness and soon the shyness has gone and they just love to strut naked around in the hotel room. They were even waving brazenly to people passing five storeys below in the street, some of whom couldn't resist stopping to get a better look at two nude girls posing on the balcony. You can see for yourself in the day 2 photo report.

Petter and Luba in Yalta

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A Night on the Town

A Night on the Town

After three days in Yalta, the largest city on this Ukrainian Riviera, I am really starting to enjoy the atmosphere as well as the many distractions the town has to offer.

The strip after dark is packed with people enjoying the warm summer nights and, if you are looking for a good time, the clubs and restaurants have everything you could ever want.

Last night Luba and I first went to the legendary "The Bird Nest," which is about twenty minutes drive from the town and located in a small castle standing on the edge of the cliffs. The décor is mediaeval, but the gourmet menu is modern, Italian inspired and could compete with any top restaurant in Rome or Paris.

After, we went to the night club Matrix, at the Hotel Oreanda, the only 4 start hotel in Yalta and with a parking lot that makes you imagine you're outside the casino in Monte Carlo. For the best Ukrainian food in Yalta, go to the restaurant Hutorok, where you get gypsy songs with your food. Excellent place. For sushi lovers, there's Nobu, which is also part of Hotel Oreanda. In Yalta there are only pebble beaches, but for a photographer this is perfect: no sand in my gear :-)

The beach life is a story all on its own. The men are hunters, the women arrogant gazelles: the game is extremely entertaining and I could spend hours just watching. The men circle their young victims before going in for the kill, usually loaded with gold chains, wearing tiny tight Adidas bathing trunks, mirror sunglasses and, best of all: a fat cigar in their hand. It is usually not lit, but who cares when it looks cool. I could almost hear David Attenborough in the background explaining how the male of the species approaches their female partners and about the necessary body language to succeed and survive; strangely enough these overly tanned and often over the hill guys usually score. Do not ask me how :-)

OK, back to business. You will love today's model. Her name is Iris, a 23 year old redhead from the Crimea with a tall skinny body, glowing light skin and the classic beauty that could decorate any magazine cover and be found strolling on any catwalk. She chose to work as a stewardess for Ukrainian airlines in Simferopol, but luckily I managed to get hold of her and now her beauty will be spread with the wind. If you ever come to Yalta to enjoy some of the attractions described above, Iris might just be the one serving you on your flight to the Crimea.

Till tomorrow

Petter

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Mixing History

Mixing History

With its colorful and dramatic history, the Crimea has over the centuries been settled by Tartars, Mongols, Greeks and Italians.

It shows in the features of the people, a complex mixture so diverse when today's model Strisha showed up with her long dark curly hair, deep eyes and tender tan body looking like a full-blooded Brazilian, it did not really surprise me. At 18, she has just started modeling and hopefully a presentation on Hegre-Archives will kick start her career.

Did I mention the weather here is very moody. I assume it is due to the ring of high mountains, and thunder, lightening and occasional sudden heavy rain showers are part of the daily life... at least during my stay! This makes it a little difficult to shoot outside, but tomorrow I will take a driver to help find some of the outdoor locations this place has to offer. For today, enjoy Strisha inside by clicking on the day 4 photos... a beautiful Brazilian-looking Ukrainian girl :-)

Petter

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A Life of Extremes

A Life of Extremes

Like I said on the first day, Crimea is full of contrasts and this especially applies to the girls.

Yesterday a great beauty who could have just stepped off the beaches in Brazil showed up. Today a pale skinny Goth named Aliona appeared…and it came as a bit of a surprise because she was not the typical beach babe I was hoping for so that I could take a series of shots against the rugged coastline. As I've said before, it is contrast that makes for interest and today's results I believe are pretty interesting.

My favourite is Aliona in front of the grey Ukrainian car belonging to one of the fishermen standing along the coast in a quiet bay trying to catch something for dinner. Aliona also waded into the water, which was intriguing with her Gothic looks, and I got her posing on a huge metal mast, then walking arrogantly naked except for her white metal nailed purse around the old stairways in an apartment complex. Tomorrow is our last day in Crimea and Luba has promised to pose for me in her new pink see through outfit in the beautiful morning light before we rush to the airport...

Petter

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Leaving Yalta Behind

Leaving Yalta Behind

Time to pack our bags and fly away home. Good bye, Yalta, we will come and see you again.

Just let me say, what a photographic climax to this trip: the incredible shoot of Luba on a windy balcony. I cant help it, and I have to say it, I feel so privileged being married to this girl. I don't care if I sound cheesy, but the more girls I meet and shoot, the more I love Luba.

Just check out today's photos of her in her pink shirt. This turns me on; playful and joyful and an exquisite poser... thanks baby for sticking with me :-) And to all of you surfers who have followed us on this trip…thanks for the ride and see you again soon... One last thing, what we have shown here is just a glimpse of the full series that will appear in the member's section.

Petter and Luba in Yalta

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Comments

Yet again
Hi team how are you all. Love the series yet again. It was great to see Loli again I have been awaiting her eyes and beautiful body to light up my screen yet again. She still seem to be shy behinh your camera Petter. do you have any other pictures of her and when will you next shoot her, tell her she has a fan in Australia. Keep up the excellent work. Regards and best wishes Giann
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this site makes me relax and feel like am in a world of discovery.
long leg so sexy
good good good
contact with you
Hello! I am Mr.Lee,live in korea. I thank for weekly your mail. Sometimes I became to your site pen. I want to see Miss Yalta 2004 Show. Please quickly!!! I will your reply. Bye.
Yalta
Love Yalta . you are so right hope you went on the trail to what they call it " The New World " also hope you visited the castel there see the musem
Yalta's number one
Yalta's girl number one realy is number one! Well spotted. My god! It's enough to make a grown man weap!
Alexandra Miss Yalta 2004
Way to go, Petter! You certainly have the eye for spotting the ultimate contestant at the Miss Yalta Competition. Alexandra is stunning! Thanks for making the effort to capture this beauty for us to look at. Too young to be a Hegre girl you say. Pity. Keep tabs on her for her 18th birthday. The photos would be nothing short of a miracle. Keep up the great work! Phil Hilden
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need to have contact dear!
amazing
impressed with the amazing and nice buts
Yalta NOW in 2008
I am sorry to inform you that Yalta has made a 180 degrees turn from the time you last visited in 2004. The women, some of them stunning, are very unfriendly and hostile to visitors (and I am trying to be very polite in describing them). It is interesting to read your description of men hunting women (you called them gazelles) on the beach. It is nothing like this today. You will not spot any men hunting on the beach. They may try it once. The reaction they get from women is enough to demoralize the stongest men and get them packing back home, all depressed. Keep up the good work and hopefully you will travel further east to places like Georgia, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbajan and post photos of what these women look like. Thanks.
Susha
I agree with you Petter. "Look at that ass". Amazing!!
Your work
Your work is outstanding! A new fan.
work?
work?
Last images April
Unbelieveable quality, serious job, touches of romatic, fine art............overwhelmed and thankful. Happy Easter!
yalta
congrats team hegre on yet another piece of captured beauty
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very beautiful