Wonder Woman At The Olympics Part Six: The Russian Wonder Women

Last week we saw how Wonder Woman was a big inspiration for Venus Williams’ Olympic apparel, and this week we’ll take a look at some Russian outfits that certainly appear to have been inspired by Wonder Woman.  I don’t know how popular Wonder Woman is in Russia, but their 2012 Olympic women’s gymnastics team seems to dig her.  Check out this design for one of their many outfits (they wore at least three that I saw):

And here you can see the outfit on Olympian Aliya Mustafina (which is a pretty great name, by the way… I’ve got to write that down somewhere should I ever want to write a Russian character.  It’s just SO very Russian!!):

You can totally see it, right?  The red torso is classic Wonder Woman, and then there’s that bird-like design across the bust coming down to a point.  It reminded me of this the very first second I saw them compete:

Plus the shoulder and arms are white, which blends in with the super pale skin of Russians since it is of course always grey and gloomy there.  I’ve seen the movies.  And thus it looks like they’re just wearing the red bit, like Wonder Woman!!  AND there’s a bit of design on the cuffs, where Wonder Woman’s bracelets go.  Come on!!  It’s so Wonder Woman.  Their fashion designer has been reading some Amerikanskiy comic books, am I right?

NEXT TIME: For our final installment, we return to our pal Robert Kanigher as Wonder Woman competes in the Olympics of the Doomed!!


Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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