Russian influencer who famously cut apart her black Chanel flap bag to protest against the French fashion house has been spotted with the same bag. Was she faking, or has she been shopping?

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When Russian influencer Victoria Bonya tore apart 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 clear the social media star with 9 million influencers will never be seen with a Chanel again. That was April when love for her motherland and self-respect took precedence over love for luxury brands and irresistible classics like Chanel. Per Insider, on September 3, Bonya posted a picture of herself sitting inside a car, with a caption saying she was visiting Dubai. The eagle-eyed internet didnt waste a second to notice the bag Bonya was carrying.

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The handbag in the picture appeared to be a black Chanel classic flap bag that’s instantaneously recognizable and similar to the one she destroyed in her April video. One follower, winter1989_, asked, ‘You cut this bag, didn’t you?’ while another follower, tamara_pochekutova, reminded Bonya of her own words, ‘Chanel has no respect for her customers !!!! Or were all these videos a show ???’

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The Monaco-based model, and businesswoman, also declared in an Instagram post in April that she would be auctioning “all” her Chanel bags and giving the proceeds to “people who are in need in this current situation.’ The post was captioned, ‘Chanel’s discrimination towards Russian customers based on their nationality is unspeakable and unacceptable. When did fashion become a political discriminatory tool against nationalities?’

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I wonder if she bought her own bags at the auction, or perhaps she is a spectacular seamstress as well.

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