Nadezhda Tolokonnikova became woman of the year, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro. The runner-up is the U.S. President Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, and the third is the actress Meryl Streep.
Also she is known as Nadya Tolokno. She is a Russian political activist, a member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot.
Nadia was born on November 7, 1989 in Norilsk. A year after her birth, the family moved to Krasnoyarsk, but after a while returned to Norilsk. When the girl was five years old, her parents divorced.
The future political activist studied well during her school years. She successfully graduated from music school. Then Nadia entered the Moscow State University, Faculty of Philosophy.
One day the girl met political activist Peter Verzilov. Young people fell in love with each other. They travelled in Spain and Portugal, and when the lovers returned to their homeland, they decided to get married. Their daughter Gera, whom they named after the Greek goddess Hera, was born in 2008. The young mother was only eighteen years old.