Russian Janitor’s Mock GQ Photoshoot Pays Off


filippov_photo

Fashion photographer Roman Phillipov snapped the chic photos of his friend, janitor Yury Vetlugin, in a bid to raise funds to help pay off Vetlugin’s debts — and the photos have become the latest Russian internet craze.

The fashionable GQ-esque photographs appear alongside ordinary pictures of Vetlugin, 42, at work in the city of Ufa in Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan and his not-so-glamorous life story.

More: Roman Phillipov, Instagram h/t: themoscowtimes


filippov_photo

“I first met Yura as a kid at a summer camp for children with disabilities where my mother worked,“ Phillipov wrote. “Yura was left on the doorsteps of an orphanage as a newborn. He grew up there and was diagnosed with a psychological disability.”


filippov_photo

Phillipov’s mother and grandmother have been supporting Vetlugin for years — sheltering him at their house and later helping him get state-guaranteed housing — until he fell prey to scammers several years ago, the photographer said.


filippov_photo

Vetlugin was tricked into taking out the equivalent of $7,000 in loans and then forcibly taken to a nearby village to work as an unpaid houseworker. He managed to escape to Ufa and find his way back to Phillipov’s relatives after nearly being murdered with an axe by his captors.


filippov_photo

The idea to have Vetlugin pose for the stylish fundraiser came to Phillipov after he discovered Vetlugin’s natural photogenic qualities while taking pictures of his ordinary day as a janitor.


filippov_photo

“I thought to myself: ‘He is so handsome — why don’t I film him like I can like I always do?’ So I did,” Phillipov told the local UTV television channel.


filippov_photo

Phillipov asked his followers to make small donations to Vetlugin, who “could be on a real GQ cover if only he had a little more luck in life.” Just days later, he raised nearly double the requested amount.

“I did not expect this to happen,” Vetlugin told UTV, crying with joy.


filippov_photo

While his first foray into modeling broke the Russian internet, Vetlugin remains cautious with hopes for a big modeling career.

“I was already invited to do a shoot for a glasses commercial, but we will see what happens after that.”


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo


filippov_photo

(Visited 1 times, 3 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories:

Photographer's Girlfriend Hates Pictures, So They Came Up With This Adorable Solution
From 'Full Beards' to '99 Percent Beards', Competition gets Hairy in New York
Photo of the Day: Let's Go Shopping!
Mystery of 'Lady in Red' Who Appeared in Mervyn O'Gorman's 1913 Colour Photos
In 1973, Teens Got Stoned In Front Of A Government Photographer
Photo of the Day: The Rescuer
Photographer Captures Abandoned Second World War Fortifications Slowly Being Reclaimed By Nature
Photographer Elaine Li Captures Beautiful Pictures Of Urban Landscapes In Unusual Ways
Visa Pour l’Image – the “Cannes Film Festival” of Photojournalism
Low-Cost Cremation Of Pets Preferred Over Burial As Downturn Persists In US
This is the End... Bitch!
Our Endless Numbered Days: Absolutely Magical And Beautiful Forest Photography By Martin Podt
Incredible Photos Of Planes Passing Just Over Maho Beach
Four Girls Have Been Taking Their Group Photos For 7 Years
Celebrity Portraits Taken At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2017
Candid Photographs Capture Street Styles Of San Francisco Girls In The Early 1970s
"The Sign From The North Side": Majestic Lapland Landscapes In Photographs By Sami Takarautio
Die-Hard Fan Builds Shrine to Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan
Tyler Haughey Shoots Jersey Shore’s 1950s Resorts, During The Off Season
Talented Photographer Danielle Guenther Reveals The True Chaos Of Being A Parent
Belfast in Amazing Rare Color Photographs, 1955
80 Wonderful Black And White Photographs Of The Famous (And Not So Famous) People Who Have Left Their Mark On History
The 2108 UK Royal Society Of Biology Photographer Of The Year Shortlist
Beautiful Cosplay Girls
Faces Of M’era Luna, The World's Biggest Goth And Steampunk Festival
This Young Woman Dresses Like It’s The 19th Century Every Day
2016 Audubon Photography Awards
Cock And Balls: A Photo Study Of Rock Gods’ Packages In Very Tight Trousers
Burnouts by Simon Davidson
Beautiful Female Fashion Photography in the 1960s by Hans Dukkers