Sydney’s Kings Cross has had its fair share of colourful characters. Back in the 1950s, Luba Shishova had a wild weekend that started off with her getting married, then getting drunk, then performing not one but two impromptu strips on the footpath outside coffee shops in an effort to extract money from their proprietors.
“She danced for the patrons at the Moka with her skirt pulled high above her waist, it was noted that she was not wearing any underwear. She then repeated the act outside the Hasty Tasty, all the time blistering the paintwork with her language.
Newspapers reported that Luba turned up drunk at Central Court, legs unshaven and wearing a skimpy polka dot bikini. She explained that this was what she was wearing when she was arrested so this was what she would wear in court.”
(NOT Luba’s legs)
Sydney has a history of bikinied Russians hitting the headlines.
On January 14 1979, the young Russian stewardess, Lillian Gasinskaya, squeezed through a porthole of the cruise ship, Leonid Sobinov, into the chill, dark waters of Black Wattle Bay and within 48 hours became the girl in the red bikini, a face, a figure and a name on the front pages of the world’s newspapers.
Not long after this she became Australian Penthouse’s first Pet of the Month. The red bikini was nowhere to be seen though there had been a modicum of shaving going on……..