The news in recent times coming out of Ukraine can make for some grim reading that is rightly resistant to understatement let alone euphemism. Still, though Ukraine is a proud nation with a rich cultural heritage that stretches back centuries long before its independence in 1991 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The latest issue of L’Officiel Ukraine is alive to this wellspring of fervor, which it uses as a point of departure for its June 2015 cover story featuring Naty Chabanenko photographed by Sophy Holland. Hailing from Dnepropetrovsk in the south-central region of Ukraine, Naty perfectly crystallizes the feeling in the sporty-chic story aptly titled “Our Pride.” Naty positively glistens on the hardwood floors of a New York gymnasium, thereby signaling the arrival of the summer sporting season. Naty as ever cuts a sultry figure, whether she’s posed with a climbing rope wearing Louis Vuitton or seductively reclining in a Givenchy bodysuit.

Credits include: Publication, L’Officiel Ukraine N°129 June 2015; Title, “Our Pride”; Photography, Sophy Holland; Fashion direction, Ana Varava; Styling, Anna Katsanis; Hair, Elsa Canedo; Makeup, Fumi Nakagawa; Manicure, Casey Herman.

Naty Chabanenko | L’Officiel Ukraine June 2015 (Photography: Sophy Holland)

Naty Chabanenko | L’Officiel Ukraine June 2015 (Photography: Sophy Holland)