Elizaveta Tuktamysheva for Maxim men’s magazine [warning 18+]
Interview and hot photoshoot for Maxim men’s magazine.
source: Maxim magazine march-april 2021, more photos: maxim-3-2021
Liza ice cream on the photoshoot is the rider’s condition?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Haha I just love ice cream! And this is a great concept for a photo shoot, it all came together: ice, sweets, dressing up, fun. Although I am an athlete, I don’t have a rigid diet. I allow myself all the edible joys, but I know when to stop. In general, I am indifferent to sweets, chocolate is not mine at all, but I love ice cream.
During international competitions, do you see the city outside the rink?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: At competitions, there is no time for the city, but it appears at the training camps. Parks, architecture, wine – it’s so beautiful! I can allow myself a bit of red wine on weekends.
You feel good not only about wine, but also about undressing at the rink.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Britney Spears’ song inspired me to create this program in the image of a flight attendant. And we came up with the idea of taking off the jacket together with the coach. I thought, “Great idea, the clip is appropriate.” Of course, the haters immediately became active, as they will be after this photoshoot. But I’m ready for their comments. It’s hard to offend me: fish’s memory is – I forget everything. If earlier I tried to defend my opinion in social networks, now I realized that it is useless to argue. Each person has his own opinion, it does not necessarily coincide with yours. And why get upset over unconstructive criticism? And I hear the constructive one from my friends. And I listen.
Will the next outfit be even more provocative?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I will disappoint you: I love experiments, not just epatage. In addition to Britney, I performed with a saxophone to Destination Calabria, skated to the lyrical Shallow from the movie “A Star is Born” … I alternate bright programs with gentle ones. You need to show different sides of your personality, as epatage becomes boring.
How did the flight attendants and Britney Spears react to your program?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: They are still silent, choosing the words. Neither Britney nor Lady Gaga wrote anything. They are world stars, they have no time for me.
Wait a second! You are also of a global scale. World Champion!
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Despite the fact that I have been in figure skating for twenty years (I am shocked myself!), Since childhood I have not had idea fix to become a world champion by all means. Parents brought me up so that, first of all, the head is on your shoulders, and then sports and gold medals. But, having won Europeans in 2015, I analyzed my strengths and the strengths of my competitors and realized that I could become the best in the world. The understanding that I’m the best came at the end of the performance: I knew how the others skated. But I realized this only six months later: wow, I’m a world champion, this does not happen every day!
And training happens every day.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Six days a week! On weekdays for five hours, two and a half hours on Saturday, day off – on Sunday. Of course, it’s impossible to be wildly enthusiastic about skating all my life, and I get tired of the routine. But routine is paying off.
Do skaters conspire against each other?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Everything is very polite, I am not afraid for myself in competitions. It was in the nineties when Tonya Harding asked a bodyguard to break her rival’s leg, although both performed for the same national team. And then Tonya’s lace suddenly broke before going on the ice … Fortunately, now there’re no such things. But the habit of carrying skates with you remained for many.
It’s a joy for many when part of the skater’s costume flies off – like it happened with Gabriella Papadakis at the 2018 Olympics.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I understand. But personally, I do everything to prevent this. After checking the comfort of the costume, I add a lot of hooks to avoid such incidents. In addition, to make the performance go smoothly, I ask not to write me or call. All calls after competitions.
Are injuries very unsettling?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: There are two types of injuries: when you landed wrong or when the body cannot withstand the load. And since nothing just happens, trauma is a kind of reboot. Just after the reboot in 2015, I won the main titles. I hope that this year I will also be at the World Championships, I have not been there for a long time.
How to deal with an upsetting injury?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I tried to devote time to myself: doing the exercise lying down, massage, watching movies and TV shows, reading books. But I love all this and as a rest after training. Recently I’ve watched a cool cartoon “Soul”, re watched the “Morning Show” with Jennifer Aniston and read. True, I read several books at the same time, which is why I don’t finish reading either of them. Always start something and drop it halfway. And of those that I did finish reading, I liked “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”.
What does a world champion get besides a medal?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Figure skaters are paid quite large prize money, although not as large as the tennis players, for example. But any prize money is always come in handy, because I like to go shopping.
Can you go to get some cucumbers and buy three dresses?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Easily! Spontaneous shopping is the best shopping! I like pantsuits and classic clothes. Fortunately, I don’t have the kind of popularity that gets in the way of shopping. In my circle, I am a person with a name, but ordinary people will not recognize until they hear my last name: “So are you the skater from the TV?”
When you try on clothes in a store, which part of your body in the mirror pleases the most?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Eyes. Hands. And wrists. These are the thinnest parts of the body, which is why I love them the most. Overall, though, I’m happy with my body. Many girls are sad because of their appearance, but only they see their flaws. I used to have complexes because of my height, but now I enjoy my diminutiveness. It’s funny when I still reach for the top buttons in the elevator, but take a chair to get my jacket from the wardrobe.
And what do fans appreciate in you, judging by the direct messages?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I do not respond to their messages. I think it’s better not to make acquaintances through social networks. If Instagram showed mutual friends, like on Facebook, maybe I would answer. Otherwise, I’m not looking for new meetings. Now my life revolves around figure skating, and new meetings are distracting.
Do you want a movie about you to be filmed, like “The legend No 17”?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: Let’s be honest: I don’t have enough titles for a movie like this. But of course I’m all for it. It is interesting to try myself as an actress. And it’s great if Woody Allen pays attention to this interview – I like him (laughs).
And if Woody offers to shoot, but with a bedroom scene, would you agree?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: If it is beautiful, then why not.
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