The Russian influencer who cut out her black Chanel flap bag to protest the French fashion house has been spotted with the same bag. Did she pretend or did she go shopping?

When Russian influencer Victoria Bonya tore up her expensive Chanel bag while accusing the marquee of resorting to “Russophobia”, she painted a picture of immense hatred for the brand. Her words and actions made it clear that the social media star with 9 million influencers will never be seen wearing a Chanel again. It was April when love for one’s country and self-respect took precedence over love for luxury brands and irresistible classics like Chanel. Per Insider on September 3, Bonya posted a photo of herself sitting in a car, with a caption saying she was visiting Dubai. The eagle-eyed surfer wasted no time noticing the bag Bonya was carrying.

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The handbag in the photo appeared to be a classic black Chanel flap bag that is instantly recognizable and similar to the one she destroyed in her April video. A follower, winter 1989_, asked: “You cut that bag, didn’t you?” while another follower, tamara_pochekutova, reminded Bonya of her own words, ‘Chanel has no respect for their customers!!!! Or were all these videos a show???’

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The Monegasque model and businesswoman, also said in an Instagram post in April that she would auction “all” of her Chanel bags and donate the proceeds to “people who are in need in this current situation”. The message was captioned: “Chanel’s discrimination against Russian customers because of their nationality is indescribable and unacceptable.” When did fashion become a discriminatory political tool against nationalities?

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I wonder if she bought her own bags at auction, or maybe she’s also a spectacular seamstress.

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