Olena Zelenska is the gorgeous wife of Ukrainian comedian turned president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Her husband won the preseidential elections earlier this year making her the country’s youngest first lady.
Olena’s hubby struck a populist, anti-corruption message during his country’s presidential campaign that clearly resonated with millions of Ukrainians; ultimately placing him on the top. He won with a staggering 73 percent of the vote last April.
Widely known as ‘Ze’ Zelensky was born in the city of Kryviy Rih on January 25, 1978. In 1995, he entered Kryviy Rih Institute of Economics, which is part of Kyiv National Economic University, where he received a law degree. He underwent a two-month internship during his time in the University.
The showman and actor gained popularity in 1990s thanks to a highly-acllaimed KVN stand-up TV show. He was a member of various teams until he skyrocketed to his first big standup success with the launch in 1997 of a 95 Kvartal team. His program became the highest rated on Ukrainian TV in a comedy segment.
He and wife, Olena Zelenska also known as lady ‘Ze’ -have been married for years. Check out her top facts.
#1 She and her husband were schoolmates
Olena who was born Olena Kiyashko in Kryvyi Rih on February 16, 1978; met Volodymyr while attending school. The two even shared some of the same friends but at the time they did not know each other. They got acquainted much later – while in college.
#2 She didnt work in her profession
Olena studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Kryvyi Rih National University. Despite having a degree in architecture, Olena never worked in the profession. Instead, she helped her husband create stand up performances for the KVN comedy show. She later became one of the authors at the Kvartal 95 Studio.
#3 She and hubby had a long courtship
The two began dating and had a long courtship that lasted nearly a decade. They were in a relationship for about 8-years prior to their marriage in 2003.
#4 She is a mom
Since their nuptials the couple has welcomed two children. Olena Zelenska gave birth to a daughter Oleksandra in 2008; their son, Kyrylo was born in 2013.
#5 She was against her husband’s run for president
Olena said she initially had responded aggressively to the news about the nomination of her husband for presidency. She told media “Frankly speaking, I aggressively opposed the start of this project. Because this is a very difficult move; it’s not even a project, it’s another direction in life. However, they probably tried to keep me safe. And the initial plans, when it was all being discussed with colleagues and close associates – I can’t say they were concealing it from me – they protected me from unnecessary information so that I wasn’t nervous,”
Soon, she decided to support her husband, starting to make more public appearances.
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