Debutante Katerina Boyarskaya at the ball in 2019
The next Tatler Ball of Debutantes will be held on November 15, but before waltzes are heard in the Pashkov House, a discussion on the topic of whether this ball is needed in principle and what is its true meaning traditionally flares up on the network.
This time, Esquire editor-in-chief Sergei Minaev flared up in the telegram, hitting both the moral side and social tension in society.
Since the appearance of this “Tatler” event, nothing but nausea has caused me. An attempt to play in the high society, which does not exist, in the aristocracy, where dad is a “civil servant” and mom is a “housewife, gallery owner, sportswoman and a little bit more portfolio investor.” These young girls with unhappy faces, playing at photo shoots as elderly women, the very wording “presentation of debutantes” … Presentation to whom? For future husbands? <...> And, most importantly, this is the most severe social irritation caused by events where the rich dance in favor of the poor (hereinafter, the spelling and punctuation of the authors are preserved. – Ed.),
– wrote Minaev, famous for his novel “Duhless”, in his telegram channel.
He was immediately answered in the telegram channel “Tatler's Heroine” (who exactly is behind him is still unknown). Minaev was accused of hypocrisy, pointing out that at the Esquire Weekend festival he also makes VIP zones “for his own”, thereby trying to isolate himself from ordinary people.
Girls are not presented to their husbands, like you, a chauvinist and sexist, Sergei, you think, but to a secular get-together. And the girls become Tatler heroines, just like their parents. And those who are interested in it begin to follow them, and these are hundreds of thousands,
– wrote in “Tatler's Heroine”.
Tatler debutante ball in 2018
In the same place, Sergei was warned against labeling girls, recalling that many ministers and politicians bring their daughters to the ball and enjoy watching the polonaise and other dances of the obligatory debutante program.
It cannot be ruled out that Sergei Minaev's daughter Polinochka will come in about eight years and say: “Daddy, I want to dance the polonaise at the Tatler ball! And the old fool Minaev will knock the doorstep to take his daughter, and then shed a tear, looking at his daughter at parquet,
– warned in the anonymous Telegram channel further.
The channel “Merciless PR man” also reacted to the skirmish – they commented there, however, only the position of “Heroine Tatler”.
They did not expect that the Heroine would so “float” on the simplest and most obvious topic,
– wrote in the telegram channel.
2018 Tatler debutants
In the comments to the post, opinions are traditionally divided. Someone thought that holding such large-scale events during the next surge in the incidence of coronavirus is “in principle inadequate”, others accused Minaev of hype, but someone expressed the opinion that you can spend anything and anytime with your own money.
It is worth noting that a similar controversy arises around the Ball of Debutantes almost every year. So, in 2018, on the eve of the event, information appeared in the media and a number of telegram channels “about the role of Tatler editor-in-chief Ksenia Solovieva in” pimping debutantes “(in 2021, Solovyova moved to Vogue. – Ed.).
Tatler Debutante Ball 2019
It was rumored that because of these rumors, the debutante of that year, the daughter of the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov Leonela, almost refused to participate. But in the end, she did appear at the ball. At that time, the attack on Tatler was associated with the scandalous film by Konstantin Bogomolov, shown at the anniversary of the magazine – then many were offended by satirical sketches about social life and its heroes.
Spletnik asked the PR-service of the multimedia company Conde Nast, which publishes Tatler, for comments on these speculations, but they refused to participate in the material.