London, Nov 17 : A Russian billionaire, who is very proud of his wife's beauty, decided to share it with the world by printing a book of erotic photographs of her.
Sergei Rodionov, a banker, was so taken by the pictures of his wife Olga in her different erotic poses that he decided to publish a book of photographs on her, entitled 'The Book of Olga'.
French photographer Bettina Rheims, whose previous assignments included Jacques Chirac's official portrait, took the pictures of 34-year-old Olga in a variety of erotic poses, with most of them totally in the nude. "He loves the photographic art," Times Online quoted Olga as saying.
"He loves me. He likes to call me Galatea in reference to the Greek artist Pygmalion, who created a statue so lifelike that he fell in love with it (Galatea)," she said.
Olga, a business school graduate and chat show host with a 13-year-old daughter, sounds just as pleased as her husband about her physical attributes.
"I'm not an exhibitionist," she said.
"My body is the result of hard work. I want to show that having kids, a marriage and work are not excuses for a woman to stop taking care of herself," she stated.
Olga is not new to stripping off in front of the camera, as she has posed for Russian Playboy and Penthouse magazines as well as for Helmut Newton, the late photographer famous for his provocative nudes.
"I see no problem with showing off a beautiful naked body," Olga revealed.
The new pictures, taken in a French country mansion, are more daring in nature, and conservative business associates have told Rodionov that his wife's pictures add up to adultery, but he has shrugged off the criticism.
"I took her first nude pictures myself," he once admitted.
"Then she started posing for professional photographers. I told her the gossip will fade, whereas the pictures will stay for ever and when she is 90 she will look at them and say, 'Look what a beautiful woman I was'. I am proud of her," he added.