There's No Postage Due on Top Model Runner-up

Mark it down: You have not heard the last of Natasha Galkina's broken English.

We'll admit it: We did a piss-poor job of keeping tabs on Natasha Galkina, the local gal -- via Russia, in case you forgot -- vying to become America's Next Top Model. Well, she didn't win the pretty prize, but she was the runner-up -- not bad for a woman everyone thought was a mail-order bride. (America -- what a country!) Turns out, Galinka, who made her debut on Tyrant Banks' show by introducing herself as being from "Dallasrichardson," wasn't really a mail-order bride; she tells Radar Online today that the misunderstanding was due to her being nervous during initial howdee-do's:

"I didn't even know what that was! I had to have someone tell me. And that's not what I am. We met in Moscow on a business trip, you know how these men do intercontinental stuff? We dated before I came over to America."
Well, I am off to do intercontinental stuff. By which I mean eat ramen noodles and grab a smoke. --Robert Wilonsky
KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robert Wilonsky
Contact: Robert Wilonsky