The spy who loves it: Anna Chapman makes her fashion debut in Moscow (holding a gun to a model's head)

By Will Stewart
Last updated at 11:27 AM on 6th April 2011


It wasn’t a typical catwalk display. But then, Anna Chapman isn’t your typical catwalk model.

The former Russian spy, who was unmasked working in America by the FBI last year, made a surprise appearance at Moscow Fashion Week in a fur-lined jacket and black leather trousers.

And although the male model beside her – Russian singer Dima Bilan – looks relaxed, that gun Miss Chapman is holding to his throat is no toy but a real weapon which the 29-year-old is licensed to carry.

Anna Chapman

Tongue in cheek: Former Russian spy Anna Chapman holds a gun to a model's head on the runway at Moscow Fashion Week

Despite her past in espionage, however, she did not seem totally at home in handling the weapon, managing to drop it as she took to the catwalk, causing consternation among KGB veterans.

 

‘For a special agent, a gun is part of your profession. It is sacred and such a careless attitude to it is simply unacceptable,’ one told the local media.

Miss Chapman was showing off clothes by Moscow designers Ilya Shiyan and Yana Rudkovskaya. But she is unlikely to be a catwalk queen for long.

Anna Chapman
Anna Chapman

Happiness is a warm gun: Chapman wore leather leggings and a corset for the Shiyan & Rudkovskaya show

Anna Chapman

Popular: Anna has also gained a leading position in the Young Guard (Molodaya Gvardiya)

What a finale: Anna Chapman poses on the runway with the designers at the end of the Shiyan & Rudkovskaya show

Final flourish: Anna Chapman poses on the runway with the designers at the end of the Shiyan & Rudkovskaya show

After modelling lingerie and securing her own TV show, she is now poised to become a Russian MP representing prime minister Vladimir Putin’s party.

The divorced wife of a former British public schoolboy whose surname she still uses, Miss Chapman is already an activist in the ‘Young Guard’ of the United Russia party, and is tipped to represent her home city of Volgograd in elections later this year.

 

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Guns are not toys, they are not props. This entire display is disgusting. If I had all the money in the world I would buy any of these clothes. This stupid trick is totally unacceptable.

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Im up for interrogation if required! Keep the boots on!

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Yuck! How many dead things is she wearing? Cows? Snakes? Is one of them her former pet lion?

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his name is Dima Bilan and he won eurovision 3 years ago. so why just call him a model?? - Anna, Moscow, 5/4/2011 22:51 I already told them and they changed it :)

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She could hold me at gun point anytime. Beautiful lady in sexy leather trousers, doesn't get better than that

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Russia does insist on showing off its dirty washing !

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