• Volodymyr Zelenskyy is President of Ukraine
  • The woman at his side is Olena Zelenska
  • Here's what to know about the couple

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 44, currently has the eyes of the world on him. What do we know about the wife of the Ukrainian president, in the nation's time of crisis? Olena Zelenska, 44, has been the First Lady of Ukraine since her husband was elected President in 2019.

Olena Zelenska is the wife of the President of Ukraine

Olena Zelenska (née Kiyashko) was born in 1978, twelve days after her husband, in what was then Soviet Ukraine. In the 1990s she studied architecture and met her future husband.

It turns out Volodymyr was her childhood sweetheart. The couple married at the age of 25 and a year later, in 2004, their daughter Oleksandra, 17, was born. Son Kiril, 9, followed in 2013.

By that time, Olena and Volodymyr had already been making a career in the TV business for several years. She is a screenwriter and producer, writing for Quarter 95, a studio founded by her husband.

Primarily a comedian and actor, he previously won the Ukrainian Dancing with the Stars and played a history teacher-turned-president on the popular series Servant of the People. In 2019, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was finally elected president in the real world.

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After working as an architect, screenwriter, and producer, Zelenska is now the First Lady of Ukraine and also masters this task. She quickly rose to become one of the most influential personalities in her country and, among other things, graced the cover of the Ukrainian Vogue.

Although, according to media reports, she was initially unenthusiastic about her husband's transition to head of state, she very quickly embraced her new role as First Lady.

"I'm not a politician, and I do not have the right to interfere in the President's work, but I can be an intermediary between people and officials, so that the latter will understand the former, and I am really willing to do that," she said to Vogue in 2019, in translation.

From her public appearances, you wouldn't be able to tell that she found her role daunting. Even when she met Prince William and Duchess Kate at Buckingham Palace, she was in no way inferior to other first ladies in terms of style and demeanour.

Olena Zelenska undoubtedly makes the impression that she is the right partner for Volodymyr Zelenskyy.