As you are Para Normalnykh (a normal couple), you must be experts in finding decent partners in love and life. What advice can you give?
Anya: There are certainly no ready recipes. We are surrounded by a great deal of decent candidates everyday – there is no need to focus just on one person. Relax and look around! Furthermore, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ if you don’t like somebody. I’ve been in situations where I’ve felt sorry for a chap and couldn’t break up with him. It’s not good for anyone.
Artem: Do not run around with a huge poster saying, “Looking for love!” Open your eyes and tell yourself that there is more out there than just Jared Leto to fall in love with. I agree with Anya completely – there are millions of people out there, and if something goes wrong with your current partner don’t wait to sort it out. Life is too short to waste it on failing relationships.
But you must have some perfect image of who you consider the perfect other half?
Anya: A brunette, who’s a little bit bad!
Artem: I don’t have a certain vision in my head. The only thing that really matters is her femininity – a loving, gentle girl, who catches your eye instantly.
What relationship do you have in your creative duet? How do you divide up your duties?
Anya: We constantly fight with each other for authority!
Artem: No, we don’t! In truth, it feels like we are newlyweds. Anya’s duty is to save our hearth and home while mine is to do serious work. To be honest, we do quarrel sometimes, but I am never offended. At least, not for more than a day.
Anya: What works best is when we are honest with each other, and try never to let negative feelings fester. There is an immediate solution to whatever problem we face as long as we are frank with each other. You know, it is quite trendy to say what you think these days.
Women’s Day is coming up. Will you celebrate it?
Anya: Yes, I love it! Yet, so many things have changed since we first started celebrating this holiday. Women aren’t weak anymore. Sometimes, they are even stronger than men!
Artem: Yes, 40% of women could celebrate ‘their’ day on 23 February. Red Army Day celebrates the power and energy of modern women far more than Women’s Day.
What is the most unusual gift you have ever received or given on Women’s Day?
Anya: I remember very well a boy who did an oil portrait of me. He signed up for art lessons just for me! It’s amazing when people give you something creative and handmade.
Artem: I agree completely – being artistic is the best quality. At school, I made some wooden pictures for my mother. Those too lazy to think of an inventive present have the option of an outrageously expensive gift in any of the city’s shops.
Some people believe that girls expect outrageously-expensive gifts. Handmade gifts and flowers don’t cut it anymore. Thoughts?
Anya: This is a stupid assumption. I only value presents given with care. Artem recently found out I had never had a Kinder Surprise before, and went out and bought a whole box! That’s what I call
Artem: Money gives you freedom of choice. But sometimes, even something small and cheap can make a girl feel on top of the world!
There are traditional images of Women’s Day like flowers and restaurants. How do you enjoy the day?
Anya: Last year, my boyfriend and I celebrated at the Donbass Arena watching football. I shouted my lungs out in support of Shakhtar! It was a truly perfect way to celebrate!
Artem: I believe this day should be spent in an unordinary way. Switch on your romantic spirit, guys! I’ve got a stash of plans for Women’s Day! Gathering all of my friends and serenading our sweethearts under their windows is one idea.
What do Para Normalnykh wish Ukrainian women on this holiday?
Anya: I wish you love and freedom. Open your heart, but don’t lose
Artem: Dear ladies, I am convinced that one day of celebration is not enough for you at all! So let me say that I hope you are treated like it’s Women’s Day everyday! Be successful and live your life fully, so we can be proud of you and try to emulate your achievements!