First, one should note that foreigners know very little about Ukraine and Ukrainian women. They know practically nothing about them, except Chernobyl and sometimes Orange Revolution. Stereotypes can appear only concerning persons or things which are known.
1. Many people who connect Ukraine with Russia think that Russian and Ukrainian women are alike. It’s the main stereotype we are going to overcome.
During several decades of intensive research anthropologists managed to find an image of a typical Russian woman. She has an average complexion and a middle height, she is a bright chestnut with grey or blue eyes. A model Ukrainian is different from a Russian one with her color of skin, hair and eyes. She is usually a swarthy brunette with regular features and brown eyes.
These researchers consider Ukrainians a nation having a big height (it confirms a statement about local girls being long-legged beauties). Russians, Belarusians, Poles are considered to be a short nation. Even speaking about Slavic women’s beauty we have to state that they are different. If it is interesting for you, look at our articles about Russian attractiveness standarts and Ukrainian beauty
2. Many foreigners state that there are many beautiful women in Ukraine. It is hard for us to either agree or disagree with this statement. When comparing Ukrainian girls with foreign women we can say one thing: they are different. They like nice clothing. The majority of Ukrainian girls pay great attention at their appearance. Make-up, beautiful clothing, high heels. It can’t but attract attention. Work or party, or just for a walk: for the majority of them make-up is a question of honor. And despite another stereotype Ukraine is famous for, Ukrainian prostitutes (it is really sad, but it is present in all countries), brides in Ukraine are brought-up in an atmosphere of virginity and modesty. Taking into account that Slavic men often had to defend their lands and took part in wars, a woman had to work and take care of her household and children. That’s why Ukrainian women are not just beautiful. They are smart, independent, self-sufficient, decisive and resourceful. In many families the last word is after a woman. The majority of them are striving to make a career and at the same time keep the main value – family and children.
3. The third stereotype is that Ukrainian women often seem to be too gloomy to foreigners, and they are constantly arguing with each other. It is most of all visible to those who don’t speak our language. If it really exists it must be connected with a long-term living in the country where it was not accepted and even dangerous to be open-mouthed. Ukrainian women are very fragile and tender inside, that’s why they seem to be rough outside, in order not to be hurt. Ukrainian ladies in the whole world are considered to be very hospitable, they are ready to help, give advices even when they are not asked about it. They are also people with a good sense of humor.
Lately many people from Ukraine work in the countries of Western Europe – Italy, Portugal, Spain, and other countries. They earn their living at jobs which are considered to be underpaid. There are completely different stereotypes about our compatriots. Ukrainians are considered to be hard-working, hospitable, and dignified. However, some years ago people said about Ukraine either bad things or nothing, recollecting consequences of Chernobyl, illegal migration, and Ukrainian prostitutes.