One would expect an air of arrogance and self-indulgence from a sports woman who lends her body to the erotic press but Tushkanova begs to differ. She said that trading her looks helps her succeed in sports.
“Nobody likes women in racing sport, which is traditionally dominated by men, because it’s easier for us to attract sponsors,” says 24-year-old racer. “This magazine is prestigious enough and helps with PR.”
Tushkanova was 18 when she first developed an appetite for racing in her Daewoo Sense, which was far from a suitable vehicle. Men, including her father, reacted skeptically to her hobby. Studying to become a psychologist, she followed the usual path envisioned by parents apart from mad driving.