What Do We Know about the Modelling Career of Daniil Solovyov, and Who is Depicted on the Viral Pictures?

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On February 19th, 2023, information about the marriage of the son of Russian propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov, was disseminated on social media. Facebook pages (1, 2, 3, 4) and Facebook accounts (1, 2) wrote that Solovyov’s son got married. A photo of the wedding of two men is attached to the posts. Some users (1,2,3,4) claimed that Solovyov’s son married the son of another Russian propagandist, Elena Mizulina.

Russian and Ukrainian-speaking Facebook users (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  have also circulated the same information.

Recently, Facebook accounts and pages (1,2) have also been spreading the information that the son of the Russian propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov, was working in a modelling agency in London and “posing as a woman.” Attached to the information is a photo in which a person is wearing a fur coat and has long nails painted black.

The photos disseminated on social media do not depict the wedding of Vladimir Solovyov’s son. In fact, the photos were taken on a beach in Mexico in October 2017 and feature American models Thad Nelson and Aren Muse.

The second photo that went viral on the Internet, in fact, shows not Daniil Solovyov, but Tommy Solovyov, a Ukrainian model living in Ireland. However, the information about the work of Solovyov’s son in a British modelling agency is without evidence, although he did participate in a photo session arranged for a beauty salon operating in Moscow.

According to the photo search tool TinEye, the viral wedding photo was first published online as early as October 2017.

On October 16th, 2017, model Ted Nelson published photos of his wedding with the following description: “IM MARRIED & THE HAPPIEST. This was the best day of my life. 9/9/17”.

Thad Nelson married model Aren Muse in 2017. Muse writes on his Twitter account that he was born into a loving Mormon family in Arizona but was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS) until the age of 5 before appearing on MTV’s Spring Break. Photos of the wedding are also published on the Instagram account of Aren Meuse, where the model writes: “Married my dream boy on the beach I grew up on. Life is scary perfect right now. Quietly waiting for a terrible earthquake that kills us all.”

  • Is Daniil Solovyov working as a model in London?

In recent months, it was also reported that the son of Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov was working at a modelling agency in London, “posing as a woman.”

The mentioned information was verified by the American weekly online publication Newsweek. According to the investigation, the photo in which one of the models posed in a fur coat and black nail polish was actually not Danil Solovyov, but 18-year-old model Tommy Solovyov. Newsweek contacted Ireland-based modelling agency NotAnotherInt, who confirmed that the photo featured their model Tommy Solovyov, who is in no way related to Vladimir Solovyov. It should be noted that Tommy Solovyov and Danil Solovyov are visually different from each other.

Photos:  Tommy Solovyov  (Left) Daniil Solovyov (Right)
Photo:  Tommy Solovyov

On February 12th, 2023, Jason Jay Smart, a special correspondent of the Kyiv Post, published a tweet, writing that Solovyov’s son was avoiding military mobilization in Russia and was working at a modelling agency in London. Vladimir Solovyov responded to the mentioned information. According to him, his son used to study in Britain, but now he was studying in a “good educational institution in Russia,” and “he never signed a contract with any modelling agency in London”.

The fact that Danil Solovyov has/had some history of modelling is confirmed by several photos available on the Internet, although his photos are not found in London, but on the website of one of the salons (Contora) operating in Moscow.

Photo: Daniil Solovyov (In the middle)

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