It all started with online ad.
A young Ukrainian girl with big dreams and a sly smile dared to believe that life held more for her than a small kitchen in the countryside, and so she did what many do in her homeland - she became a mail order bride. Time passed. The world turned. This girl became the new face of fashion blogging prescience, and entered the public eye. Her name was Lera Loeb.
In the summer of 2009, Lera replied to another online ad. This time it was We Came In Peace looking to make a match. The budding ingénue found a place among our ranks as a public relations maven and networking secret agent. Recall our FAMILY TREE?
Last week, Lera traveled to Ukraine for the first time since departing to America. She was followed by Oprah's crews as she pranced about the streets of Dnepropetrovsk, explaining viewers all over the USA just how lucky we are as Americans by pointing out the shortcomings of living in a post-communist society. While a clever spin by Oprah's pro-american producers - wow, look at this unconventional coming to America story, folks! - this narrative ultimately had an explosive outcome.
After the taping of the show, our dear comrade Lera found herself under fire by Ukrainian nationalists popping up all over the Oprah studio audience. Her true Ukrainian heritage was called into question. She was accused of negatively portraying the country as a whole, her attackers questioning her intellect and upbringing. Although Oprah came to her defense, Lera didn't need help from the richest black lady on earth - she stood up in her custom TWENTYTEN gown and eloquently and effectively put the rumblings to rest. "My mother iz a cardiologist and makes 100 dollars a month - that's the real Ukraine."
The applause could be heard from Chicago to the Lower East Side.