In May, photos of Nadezhda Zhukova went viral because she made quiet a sensation when she arrived at her all-male coronavirus ward at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital, wearing—well, nothing really—under her head-to-toe vinyl suit.
No male patients complained. However, her bosses rained on her parade and reigned her in when Zhukova told them it was "too hot" to wear clothing under the see-through personal protective equipment gown.
Zhukova—miraculously coronavirus-free—was initially disciplined for "non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing." But then Tula's Gov. Alexey Dyumin—an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin—supported her actions and the punishment was rescinded.
Every cloud has a silver lining though and Zhukova kept a sunny disposition. Her jaw-dropping business attire opened a door, bringing in a breeze of opportunities. Zhukova was offered a modeling contract by Zasport, a sportswear brand worn by Russia's Olympic athletes.
Recently, she will see if she is "too hot" for TV as a part-time weather reporter for her local station in Tula. She will continue to work as a nurse, forecasting herself as a doctor in the future.
"It is a big thing for me. Thank you for letting me try," she told the Daily Mail regarding her side gig. "My parents will watch, in the evening, after work."
Zhukova thought her hazardous hazmat combo was only going to make local news, the report read. She admitted to her friends that she was shocked that her eye-opening getup travelled like the wind around the world.
"I thought it would only be a talking point in my city, and that would be all. As it turned out—no," she said.