The NY Post ran an article today about how the grieving Dutch are outraged that Vladimir Putin's daughter is living among them with her Dutch boyfriend in the wealthy suburb of Voorschoten. I was struck by her picture:
It's a somewhat blurry shot -- Vladimir undoubtedly discourages photos of his children -- but some things are still clear from it.
First, she's undeniably attractive, as pretty as she is sexy.
Second, and more interestingly, her relaxed pose and easy smile make her look extremely confident.
It's a confidence undoubtedly borne partly of her ability to attract men. But it goes beyond that. Most pretty women are just as insecure as the less physically blessed.
Some of Maria's confidence has to come from knowing her father is the most powerful man in the world. (The President of the United States doesn't have nearly as much leeway in his country as Putin does in his.)
And some of it must come from knowing her allowance is unlimited. (Vladimir Putin didn't stay in power just to give all the money away to the oligarchs.)
Maria's confidence has expressed itself in her willingness to live abroad. She could have stayed in Russia, and lived the life of a czarina. But she was adventurous enough to try her luck abroad.
Not that she really needed any luck.
I doubt that she jokes to her boyfriends that if they don't satisfy her she will have them eliminated.
But I can pretty much guarantee that her boyfriends have made those types of jokes to her.
There are worse things than going through life as Maria Putin.