The deputy editor-in-chief in Ukraine, Myroslava Makarevich, said it was rare for women politicians to be on the magazine's cover, citing France's one-time prime minister Edith Cresson and the late US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as other examples.
The magazine's cover photo shows Timoshenko, her blonde hair fashioned in her trademark braid wound around her head. She is wearing a violet Louis Vuitton dress with a Chanel brooch.
Inside the magazine, three other photos show the head of the Ukrainian government in clothes signed by Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino Red, the Italian designer's ready-to-wear line, and adorned by jewels.
The pictures were taken in Ukraine's government building after two months of negotiations, Makarevich said to "Ukrainska pravda".
In an interview accompanying the photos, the premier is quoted as saying that she was "happy not to have lost my romanticism."
According to Makarevich, it is expected that the interview with Timoshenko will appear in foreign ELLE editions: in Poland, Hungary, Great Britain, the USA, France, Germany and, possibly, in Belgium.
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