Because I'm the Queen!

Oleksandra Roshchupkina

years old,
London, originally from Kiev

— Can you tell me how old are you, and how you ended up in the UK?

I'm 46 years old. I arrived in Britain on May 13, 2022, fleeing from the war with my mum and my son. We've been living here for two years now. Recently, we got social housing. Initially, we were staying with a sponsor. However, the police came to us and told us that he was a paedophile in the past. And we have moved out.

— Why such lavish, beautiful dresses? 

Because I'm a queen. I enjoy standing out. I can walk through my city in a dress, without a hint of shyness. I like people to look at me, to admire me. 

— Why did you start blogging? 

Well, a friend of mine once said, "You're so charismatic, why not give it a try?" It just popped into my head, why not indeed? I'm not shy, nor am I afraid of the public. I create funny videos and dance for Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. 

In my childhood, I danced professionally for seven years, but fate had other plans, and I had to quit. If I'd been doing it for a long time, maybe I'd have made it big. 

By the way, I've recently started vocal training, it's been about a month now.

— What are you doing now, are you working?

No, I'm not currently working. I'm taking care of my mum and focusing on learning English.

— Is that how you see yourself in five years? 

I see myself as a very rich woman living in a villa. I'll own a car, one of those... sports cars, right? Like a Mercedes? No, wait, a Porsche! Yeah, that's it. And you know, the ones with the doors that open like this. (she gestures) Oh, and I'll have servants too, housekeepers. I'll be the coolest chick in the entire UK. Why are you laughing? What if I run into a Mafia guy, bang, bang, bang, and suddenly there's, oh, I stumble upon a suitcase filled with money? Five million pounds! What if?

I also want to go on a round-the-world trip. And I'm determined to master English so well that I can speak and understand it like a native British person. 

— Are you happy with your life at the moment? 

Yes. But sometimes it's boring. I find myself unsure of what to do. I am depressed sometimes. But I'm quite happy with everything else. 

— Do you have any memories that you'd like to forget? 

I do. It's my secret. I want to forget it. And I think I've forgotten it. But you can't erase a memory from your heart. I was raped by four freaks when I was a kid. I was 15 years old. Plus husbands. My fate was very hard from childhood, starting with my father and ending with my last husband. I was pregnant twice in my twenties, but my husband beat me badly in the stomach because he didn't want children. I thought I would never give birth, but God gave me a child. That was my happiest memory. I waited twelve years and finally had a baby at thirty-two. I had hoped for a girl, but I got a boy. But he was born seemingly as a girl, very tender. However, there was another painful memory for me. When I gave birth to my second child, my son passed away during labour. Though the ultrasound had indicated it was a girl, it turned out to be a boy.

I've had a difficult life, which is why I'm determined to fulfil all my dreams now, to fill the void I've carried for years. I want to focus on moving forward and not dwell on the past. Tram-pa-ram.

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