Every day we enjoy the creativity of our stars, absolutely not thinking about their real names and surnames. Meanwhile, in the creative environment, the pseudonyms of stars – a familiar phenomenon. Many people believe that talent alone is not enough; a sonorous, well-remembered name is needed. This is especially true of pop stars who are quickly becoming the idols of millions. Let’s get acquainted with the stars who have changed their first or last name, and often both.
The idol of several generations at birth was Lev Leshchev. Since childhood, he really wanted to be like the popular singer of his youth, Pyotr Leshchenko. Therefore, at the beginning of his creative career, he changed his last name from Leshchev to Leshchenko.
Often the aliases of the stars and their real names are practically the same. A striking confirmation of Grigory Lepsveridze, who shortened his last name to four letters for better perception. The singer made this decision, intending to conquer the Russian capital. The surname Leps is easy to remember and easy to pronounce.
This girl decided to radically change her first and last name. The young singer, born Alla Ageeva, chose the pseudonym Masha Rasputin, which perfectly fit into the era of perestroika. The image of a cheerful, broken-down beauty and a sonorous pseudonym made Rasputin a bright representative of Russian show business.
Another example, when the pseudonym has nothing to do with the first and last name received at birth. When the singer Alla Perfilova was recording an English-language album, someone noted that for a foreigner, the combination of the first and last name is consonant with the word “Allah”, so the stage name Valeria quickly appeared.
It is difficult for us to imagine that Dima is actually Vitya Belan. Producer Yuri Aizenshpis insisted on choosing a more sonorous name than Vitya, and replacing the letter “e” in the surname with a more sonorous “and”. The name and surname were officially changed with the receipt of a passport in the name of Dima Bilan.
Another ward of producer Yuri Aizenshpis, whom he changed the name of Tverdokhlebov to Stashevsky. Aizenshpis believed that the stars under pseudonyms are more quickly remembered by the audience. In his opinion, the surname Tverdokhlebov did not sound very beautiful for the stage.
Since childhood, Vera had an interesting Ukrainian surname Galushko. With her, she came to VIA Gro, but soon decided that she was not suitable for the stage. Without thinking twice, Vera took the name of her famous countryman Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, with whom they were born in the same city – Dneprodzerzhinsk (Ukraine). The name of Brezhnev was approved by the singer’s producers.
Sometimes the pseudonyms of Russian stars and their real names have absolutely nothing in common. The real name and surname of the singer Yolki is Elizaveta Ivantsiv. The producers decided that they were difficult to understand and remember, so they decided to come up with a memorable pseudonym. The choice settled on the singer’s childhood nickname “Yolka”. This is how a singer appeared with a New Year’s pseudonym.
The charming Masha Varum felt that her name did not fit the stage image very well. Remembering that as a child, her grandmother called her “angel”, she decided to change her name to Angelica. The chosen pseudonym was the beginning of a successful career.
From birth, the actress bore the name Catherine, which she did not like very much. After graduation, she chose a new beautiful name for herself Paulina. The secret of the actress was revealed by the girl’s former classmates and teachers, although the young actress deleted all her former friends and acquaintances of childhood in social networks.
When a talented beautiful girl from Ukraine Karolina Kuek decided to participate in the Morning Star contest, it turned out that a participant with the name Karolina was already registered. Yuri Nikolaev advised to change the name. The famous singer does not remember who exactly initiated the reading of the name Carolina on the contrary (Anilorak). But in this way, a star shone on the stage, which today we know as Ani Lorak.
Born by Andrei Zakharenko, the singer at the beginning of his career proclaimed himself the grandson of the genius Fyodor Chaliapin, which, of course, he never was. The loud pseudonym of the name of a world-class star served as a good PR for the young singer. In addition, Andrei changed his passport data, officially becoming Prokhor Andreevich Chaliapin.
The list of stars who decided to change their name goes on and on. Undoubtedly, some of them would have gained the same popularity thanks to their talent and without a pseudonym. But if this helps the stars and makes their stage life easier, we, the audience, have to take it for granted, because we love our idols certainly not for their names.
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