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Feature Story July 13, 2007
Russia's Mullet Revolution
By Yasha Levine Browse author Email
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"Maybe Russians just have a national weakness for the mullet," Mashnich suggested, meekly.

Meet The Mullets

Anton, 18, Student (left)
Yura, 18, (right)

What's the coolest haircut right now?

Yura: The Dima Bilan look.

What do you say to the stylist if you want one?

Yura: You say, "I want the a la Dima Bilan."

What does a Bilan say about a guy?

Anton: It means he wants to be fashionable.

Yura: Yeah.

Do chicks dig it?

Anton: I have no idea.

Yura: Me neither.

Have you guys scored more with chicks since you got your Bilan cuts?

Yura: I don't have a Bilan! I just have a long ponytail.

Anton: Neither do I.

Do any of your friends have Bilans?

Anton: Most guys at my school have them.

Sasha, 28, Pr Manager (left)
Ksenya, 25, Radio Manager (right)

What's the coolest haircut right now?

Sasha: Most men like it short.

Ksenya: I think the Dima Bilan is popular.

Do you like it?

Sasha: We think that it is fashionable.

Yasha was going to ask more, but got scared by the hostile looks he kept getting from Ksenya's "friend" Sasha.

Zarina, Pensioner (left)
Raisa, Pensioner (right)

What's the coolest haircut right now?

Raisa: I don't know about these things. But I saw this very cute man, he was about sixty and had beautiful silver hair, he must have been a grandfather because he had 3 young girls with him and an older one that was probably his daughter. He looked absolutely adorable, what a good-looking man he was. Very noble.... [ED: About five more minutes of this.]

Do you like the Diman Bilan?

Raisa: Oh yes! I think it looks great on many people.

Zarina: Uh-huh.

Kostya, 15, Student, Ethnic Korean (left)
Stas, 19, Student (right)

What's the coolest haircut right now?

Stas: the Dima Bilan haircut.

Do you think chicks dig the Bilan?

Stas: I'm not sure. I never talked to them about it.

How long have you guys had the Bilans?

Stas: I don't have the Bilan look.

Kostya: Neither do I. I've had this look for over two years.

You guys sporting the "Tsoi look?"

Kostya: I'm not copying anyone. I just like this style.

Stas: Me neither.

Tatyana, 18, Studying to be a manager

Do you like the Dima Bilan look?

Yes, I really like them.

What does a Bilan say about a guy?

It says they are progressive and fashionable.

What kind of Bilan do you like?

I like it very short up on top and very long in the back, with curls.

Lena, 20, Music Student

Do you think the dimabilan cut is fashionable?

I don't believe in fashion.

Ok, what kind of haircut do you like?

I like bald guys.

Uh, thanks. What about the dimabilan?

A lot of dudes have it, so girls probably like it. Personally, I think it makes men look like faggots.



Would you sleep with a guy who sported a Bilan?

Fuck no. God help me if I do.

Dimity, Office Worker, Age Unspecified (w/mullet)
Denis, Young Professional (w/o Mullet)

What's the coolest haircut right now?

Dimity: There's one with the hair short upfront and long in the back.

Do you know what it's called?


But it looks sort of like yours?

Dimitry: No! No way. I used to have one a while back. But I had to make it shorter to get a job in an office.

But your hair is short upfront and long in the rear, it looks like a mullet.

Dimitry: Yeah, but that's not the same.

What does this type of haircut say about a man?

Dimitry: It doesn't say anything. Everyone wears it.

Denis: I think mostly raver types wear it.

Dimitry: I don't agree, I think it's mainly for the older crowd. The younger kids get the EMO hair cut, you know, with the long bangs to one side.

Do chicks dig it?

Dimitry: I don't know.

Dima: I haven't never haven't any complaints.

To Dima: Yeah, but you don't have a mullet.

Dima: (shrugs)

Kirill, 24, Photographer

What do you call your hair cut?

I don't know.

How did you decide to get it?

Well, I went to the Persona salon and in the process of the haircut I decided that I wanted something like this.

How long did it take to cut it?

About 45 minutes.

How much did it cost?

About a 1,000 rubles.

Do you like your Bilan?

First of all, this isn't a Bilan.

But you have the hair long in back and short up front.

Yeah, but my haircut is different. The hair in the back is more like a Buddhist ponytail. That's what the stylist said.

What are guys saying when they get a Bilan?

I'm not sure, but being associated with Dima Bilan is not good.

Do girls like it?

I don't know.

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