My Mother is of Russian heritage and my father is from the island of Atiu.
My father went to Australia for dancing and my Mum is a first generation Australian born Russian. Her parents went to Australia in World War 2. So they met in Australia.
Being raised in a mixed heritage household, both cultures are similar in a few areas like discipline, our morals & respect for elders. It was a really rewarding thing because I've always had a lot of family around me and I felt really enriched with who I was.
Both my parents are Catholic but other than that the cultures are quite different. Russian culture is such an old culture and Cook Island culture is old as well but I'd say the Russian culture is a bit more advanced.
Our food would be mostly different but we do have a couple of things that are similar. Cook Islanders have Mayonese and Russians do a potato salad but they don't include beetroot with it, it's definitely just sour cream, chives, spring onions & a lot of it is the same pretty much. I think if Cook Islanders were to try Russian food they would fall in love. Russians have a meal called Piroshki which is exactly like the Cook Islands doughnut but it has meat in the middle and I think if Cook Islanders were to try it they'd love it so much!"
#ICYMI Lydia was also featured in last years 'Pacific Runway' in Sydney, Australia
Enjoy this video of her dancing in the Logtronix 'Aso' video with her sister Tiare and former Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva'a