Just over an hour ago, Randy Wein posted a short series of pictures of our beautiful FEMEN activists back when the movement was just beginning, in 2008. In these photos, Anna Hutsol (the movement's founder) is only 24 and already making her mark on the Ukrainian landscape.
The movement started when Anna began hearing the horror stories of Ukrainian women being offered wonderful jobs abroad, only to be turned into sex slaves once they left the country. Such stories were very common in Ukraine at the time with hundreds of women falling victim. Anna made it her solemn duty to ensure that Ukraine would never allow prostitution to become legal, and has fought it tooth and nail ever since.
With Anna's theatrical background, she quickly realised that theatrics would gain her attention much quicker than content. Organizing some of Ukraine's most beautiful girls, FEMEN began putting on what could be considered shows at every one of their protests. Initially FEMEN would protest in their undergarments, but attention was mediocre at best. However, in 2009 one activist (Oksana Shachko) decided to bear her breasts, and the rest was history.
Since their inception, FEMEN has branched out into fields beyond prostitution, although prostitution is by far their biggest point of contention. Their most common catch phrase of the time was Ukraine is Not a Brothel, and it is to this day a common slogan of theirs.
Below are the images found on Facebook: