The mother of a child supermodel dubbed 'the most beautiful girl in the world' has attacked 'paedophiles' who say she is sexualising her daughter by posting provocative pictures of her. Kristina Pimenova is just nine years old but has become a worldwide sensation after pictures of her triggered a storm of criticism on Facebook and Instagram.
Today her mother Glikeriya Pimenova, who runs the social media accounts and posted the pictures, hit back in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, saying: 'I do not accept those accusations about sexualisation of my child.
I have never asked her to take this or that pose, and in fact I must say she does not especially like it when I am photographing her, so I do it quickly and when she doesn't notice.
Innocent pictures of Kristina, whose impressive achievements have already seen her starring in adverts for Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Benetton, became the subject of disturbing comments online. But Glikeriya, 39, told MailOnline: 'You must think like a paedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor. Scroll down for video. Kristina Pimenova is just nine years old but has become a worldwide sensation after pictures of her in flimsy shorts showing her 'long legs' triggered a storm of criticism on Instagram and Twitter.
Today Kristina Pimenova's mother Glikeriya, who runs her daughter's social media accounts told MailOnline: 'I do not accept those accusations about sexualisation of my child. Kristina, whose astonishing career has seen her starring in adverts for Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Benetton, became the subject of disturbing comments when this picture of her in an 'adult' pose on bed attracted comments such as 'sexy legs' online.
Glikeriya told MailOnline: 'You must think like a paedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor. I think people who post something like this have serious psychological problems. Sipping fruit tea and clearly stung by the accusations, Glikeriya insists 'All her 'poses' are natural. She is just a little girl who is attracting a lot of attention and unfortunately some of this attention is coming from strange people with huge personal problems, keen to throw dirt at anyone.
Glikeriya insists the problem is a minority who visit their own prejudices onto entirely innocent and beautiful pictures. Married to Kristina's 34 year old father, retired Russian football star, Ruslan Pimenov, she is anxious to be seen as a responsible mother and to show that her daughter is a perfectly normal girl who happens to be stunningly beautiful with long honey blonde hair, piercing azure eyes and angelic facial features.
And who has a rare talent as an iconic child model. Her portfolio from a remarkable six year 'career' is simply astonishing, including Vogue and Armani, yet critics see a dark side with one commentator branding a photo of her in shorts as 'creepy' while a male user wrote worryingly: 'I like it'.
Sitting in a fashionable Uzbek restaurant in the elite Krylatskoe district of Moscow, Glikeriya calmly sought to correct what she sees as the misplaced criticisms of her own motives, and her daughter's poses. At the time, her husband played for FC Metz. Glikeriya Pimenova, who runs her daughter's Facebook account and posts pictures of her, said people who attack the images as sexual have 'sick imaginations' and should see a doctor'. Kristina's father Ruslan is 'very proud' of his daughter's modelling success.
Kristina has been modelling since the age of three and her astonishing career has seen her starring in adverts for Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Benetton. Kristina's mother does not allow her to see the unfair comments about the pictures online as she wants to protect her from trolls. When we came back to Russia it was a shock for my child. She turned to me with pure shock on her face - what's wrong?
I browsed the internet and found the model agency for children with the most attractive and easy to understand website, and sent them Kristina's photographs. Her first photo session took place a little before her fourth birthday. When she turned four, we had our first portfolio done. Her 'career' exploded as Kristina's image was demanded both in Russia and worldwide. Her daughter's Facebook has more than 2. Sipping fruit tea, Glikeriya came to the nub of the criticisms which plainly sting her amid censures that the poses are 'adult' attracting disturbing comments like 'sexy legs'.
Yet this only happened when the picture was highlighted in the Western media - not earlier, when it was on her social media sites, she claimed. Why would anybody be unhappy about these shorts? Until the age of three Kristina and her mother and father lived in France where Glikeriya was astonished to see the amount of attention she attracted from people who saw her. Glikeriya says: I knew [Kristina] was cute and found the model agency for children with the most attractive and easy to understand website, and sent them photographs'.
Kristina's father Ruslan, pictured above, is very proud of her success, while Glikeriya says sister 'is not envious, she has other interests in her life'. I took it secretly, she did not even see - and again there were accusations of a 'sexual pose' and the wrong sort of clothes. She sees her daughter as breathtakingly beautiful and wants to record her as she grows up.
Excuse me, if I see a girl with long legs of any age, I notice it, but I have nothing to do with paedophiles. I think we are having too much of this topic. I consider all the pictures I am posting to be normal, otherwise I would not have posted them. She adds a barbed comment that will be seen as offensive by many in the West: 'The flow of such comments is coming from countries where same-sex marriages are allowed. She appears mystified - as are many Russians - that displays of homosexuality in front of children can be condoned in Europe or America, while 'innocent' pictures of her daughter have attracted such opprobrium.
Kristina enjoys an astonishingly successful career but her mother has been accused of sexualising her. Today Glikeriya said: 'I feel sorry when I read comments'.
Kristina is hugely successful and has worked for huge labels including Armani and Roberto Cavalli. Kristina sees photo shoots as an adventure and her mother said she likes to be photographed by professional photographers. Glikeriya wants to describe a typical day in Kristina's life to try and show that the girl's life is much like many others, and in fact is dominated far more by sport - rhythmic gymnastics - than by modelling.
I pick up Kristina from school in the early afternoon and drive her to Moscow to her rhythmic gymnastics sports school where she spends four hours six days in a week. We come back home about 7 pm, have our dinner, and Kristina does her homework, then bed. For the last two years she took part in the Alina gymnastics competitions in Tatarstan, fronted by former gold-medal winning gymnast Alina Kabayeva, 31, widely rumoured to be the secret partner of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Kristina's modelling is a distraction from her studies and sport, said her mother. They are so glad to see each other and they play together in between. She communicates with them well, and is a very sociable and open-hearted child. Until the age of three the family lived in France and Kristina's mother was astonished to see the amount of attention she attracted from people.
In any public place the family visited in France, people surrounded her and keep repeating 'Oh, such a sweet child', 'look at her'. As Kristina grew up she also displayed remarkable intelligence and her grandfather has amassed a library to satisfy her wish to learn. A pretty face is not everything in this business.
Glikeriya explains: 'We do three or four photo sessions per month, sometime it is just one long day, sometimes it takes two or three days. Kristina does three or four photo sessions per month, sometime it is just one long day, sometimes it takes two or three days. Photo sessions for Kristina usually take a full day but her mother says it is a relief for her, 'a sort of day off and a pure adventure'. Kristina's mother says she is not able to monitor all the comments on her social network accounts but says the number of positive comments is much much bigger.
Kristina's mother Glikeriya says: 'I understand that many people are simply envious when somebody is beautiful and successful. To be honest, I do not like the idea of beauty contests for adults either.
I think only in sports it is right to choose the best one. Then she underlines several points which she strongly believes her critics fail to grasp: as a mother she shields her daughter both from the enormous publicity around her, and from the threats of real sexualisation. The reason? I don't want her to grow vain and too full of herself.
She refuses all requests for Kristina to take part in TV shows or other media spectacles, seeing these as unhealthy. We never use any make up, the only exception is made for lips, where it is allowed to use balsam, not to shine them but if they are dry, which often happens with kids. Family photos of Kristina show she has always been photogenic and her mother attacks critics of the images as people who 'think like paedophiles'.
As well as photo sessions Kristina spends lots of time with friends and her family and is shown her camping. Like every nine-year-old girl Kristina also plays with her friends and her mother makes sure she has plenty of downtime. She can already feel great compassion and I am keen only to cultivate such traits in her. And she is an enormously charming girl, who quickly makes friends with children and adults alike. I am proud she is not at all vain, and she is surrounded by love and attention.
I believe many girls would like to swap with my daughter and they would enjoy her life. Glikeriya admits that the media coverage about Kristina has hurt her when, she insists, her motives are to do the best by her daughter. These are outrageous, cruel and false stereotypes, she says.
Glikeriya I have posted my reply to these people - I said that you must think like a paedophile in order to see something sexual in these pictures, so it is time for you to see a doctor. Some years ago I posted a picture of little Kristina on the beach in the Maldives hugging her three soft toys and laughing.
Kristina is also a talented rhythmic gymnast and attends a sports school where she spends four hours six days in a week. Kristina is dedicated and to fulfil her sport and school commitments she and her mother spend three hours driving every day.
At the same time, I do understand the serious concerns about encouraging paedophilia or making children look sexual. But just have a look at such pictures and compare them with photos of Kristina, and you'll see that photos of my daughter have nothing whatever to do with it.
Like many Russian mothers, she is strong is seeking to guide her daughter through the pitfalls of growing up. Kristina dreams of being an actress or a producer.
Her mother told MailOnline: 'She loves changing clothes and acting and making small films - with the help of an iPhone app. Glikeriya, Kristina's mother, says she wants her to be busy with modelling, sport and schoolwork so she goes smoothly through the teenage period. I want my daughter to be busy, it will help her to go smoothly through the difficult teenage period. She likes Corgis, which I know are the favourite of the British Queen. I grow up at the Russian North, by the ocean, because my dad was a submariner. Glikeriya herself has come a long way from her Arctic roots, which she puts down to having had good parents.
Her father collected a library of 3, books, bartering whatever he could for new titles, to help foster her love of learning. Some things written about her are untrue, for example that she herself was a model, she said.
In Russia, at the time, the chances were tiny. She is not envious, she has other interests in her life. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.