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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Chrystal Callahan.


Chrystal Callahan , is a Toronto -born American Canadian visual artist, photographer, journalist and fashion model.


In 2015, Callahan released the photo series, "The Dirty War - Selfies of Terrorism, Virtue and Covert Sexuality"[1] which appeared in ELLE Magazine.[1] Callahan works in series, typically photographing herself in a range of attires and props. She shoots her photos alone alone in her studio, embracing various roles as the subject, director, hair & make-up artist, stylist, model and photographer.


Callahan began hosting Highlights of the Week with Chrystal Callahan in June, 2009. It was a subtitled English-language television show in Russia 's North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya .



In 2008, Callahan wrote, produced and directed Greco Roman Grozny , a film about 3 teens attempting to escape war torn.Chechnya through competitive Greco Roman wrestling .In July 2010, Callahan launched a new program called "Chechnya Through The Eyes of Chrystal Callahan". It is focused on travel / tourist destinations in the Chechen Republic, Islam and Chechen Culture.


Callahan has been dubbed the "Maverick Model". She embarked on a singing career under the stage name of KRISTALL and became a popstar in the North Caucasus. She performed songs in the Russian and Chechen language .[3] KRISTALL studies and performs traditional Chechen dance.


Criticism and praise

Pop art

Callahan has had some criticism for working in Chechnya. Critics see her as a supporter of pro-Russian Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and accuse her of being a propaganda tool for the Chechen government. Callahan has been compared to Walter Duranty , the British journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for a set of stories written in 1931 on the Soviet Union.[3] [4] [4] CNN featured Callahan in the summer of 2010 and credited her as being a symbol of stability and peace after years of conflict in the unstable region. Chrystal Callahan is a Toronto-born Americanfashion model, hot zone journalist, and philanthropist.


Callahan has been dubbed the "Maverick Model" because of her reputation for taking on unconventional opportunities and covering events in dangerous post-war locations. She is of Russian, Nigerian and Irish descent, and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada. She speaks English, Russian, Chechen, Swedish and some Japanese and French.


Callahan began her public career as a fashion model as a teenager. She was signed to an agency in Tokyo where she did print and runway work for brands.such as Chanel, Nike, Yohji Yamamoto, and FUBU.


While directing the documentary "Greco-Roman Grozny" in 2007, Callahan met the president of Chechnya and and became friends with him and the Minister of Press. In 2009 when the counter terrorism ban was lifted off the war torn republic, Callahan became the first and only Western person accepted into this closed and secretive culture that foreigners don't have access to. She worked for the Chechen government and hosted a weekly current affairs show on television.


Callahan resides in Las Vegas and runs a charity for children called Operation Icon (2012).


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