Genealogy — Armenia’s Eurovision 2015 supergroup — has one of the most compelling backstories of this year’s contest. Six artists from five continents all connected by their common Armenian ancestry. Well today it’s artists — Essaï, Inga, Mary-Jean, Stephanie, Tamar and Vahe — share something else: high-fashion photos from photographer Ruben Martirosyan!

The group is building a bridge across time and connecting the Armenia of their parents and grandparents with the Armenia of today — one which is scattered around the world through its Diaspora. So Martirosyan shot the group at the Saint Gevorg Monastery of Mughni the home of the unique photo shoot. The ancient setting makes us want to go sightseeing in Armenia! His photos are shot in a way that cleverly plays on their song title “Face the Shadow.”

Stylist Armen Galyan opted for simple cuts that emphasize the shoulders. All you fashionistas will recognize that trend from the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. “We combined Armenian and European fashion trends mixing the contemporary and the traditional,” Galyan says. “We have tried to create modern characters that are merged with Armenian roots at the same time. This topic is very popular now.”

What do you guys think of these photos? Should we use some of them for our Eurovision’s Next Top Model contest? Let us know below.

Ruben Martirosyan: Genealogy Photos

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George from Spain
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George from Spain

I like it. most years I like Azerbaijan’s sons better than Armenia’s. this year is not the same. “Face the shadow” is far better than Hour of the Wolf.
azerbaijan is one of my favorites in eurovision but this year it dissapointed me. Azerbaijanis you can do better than Hour of the Wulf.

Liana
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Liana

This is an amazing song…. Well done..
haven’t seen anything like this on Eurovision before, great idea, excellent song.
those with good taste and at least normal musical background will appreciate the song, the grate artist from different corners of our planet and their talent.
The song is a message for our world, a good one.
Please keep your political problems away form these talented artists and Eurovision song contest.
Well Done ARMENIA!!!!!!

Bakuboy
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mazgi curutme filosof usaq musaqin elinde qalmisiq eee boyuk sey olub dil bilirsen bildik birazada basqa sey bil sen hansi mesede yasiyirsan gorsen bixeber kimi yasyiyrsan dunyadan sene men felsefe acmaliyamki primitiv gorunmuyum neyse get isivin daliasiycan ozuve soz axtarma

Rashad
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Rashad

@Bakuboy, men senin yashinin az olmagini ingilis dili biliyine gore demirem. Her yashda insan dil bilmeye biler. Yazdiqlarinin emosiyanalligindan, primitivliyinden yashini texmin eledim. Senin yazdiqlarin bir basha provakasiyadir. Biz meshede tek yashamiriq, elbette ki, ozumuzu insan ichinde medeniyyetli aparmaliyiq. Yashinin (boyuk ehtimalla) getirdiyi emosiyanalliqla sene qarshi oldugumu fikirleshirsen, amma bir neche ile oz yazdiqlarindan utanacaqsan. Ermeniler haqda kimse yaxshi bir shey deyirse o ermeniperestdir demek deyil. Hemin adam Azerbaycan haqda da yaxshi bir shey deye biler, amma sen bu potensiali da oldurursen. Yeri gelmishken burada ingilisden bashqa dilde yazmaq qadagandir. Sene axirinci yazdigimdir. Ya olkeni fikirleshib ona gore hereket edeceksen,… Read more »

Bakuboy
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olkeni biabir edirsen kenardan baxan var ne guldurursen ozuvu kim baxir ne deyir cehenneme baxisin men basqalari ucun koment yazmiram senin kimi kimese yaxsi gorunum deye dili yaxsi bilmediyim ve ya ermeniye soyduyum ucun olkem biabir olacaq? 😉 sen hansi dunyada yasiyirsan bu olkeni biabir ermeniye yaltaqliq edenler edir bizi zeif gosterenler edir onlar ne yazir ne yazdirir sen ne yaziran inga minga neyse sen ozuvu bildiyin kimi teblig ele basqalarinin isine qarisma gulmeli gorunursen yox medenyet yox biabirciliq savad agil dil ;)aglivi ozuve saxla lazim olar burdakilara biabir olmuyaq 😉

Bakuboy
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birdeki ne ba?lamisan yox olkeni biabir edirsen yoc kenardan baxan var kim bac

Bakuboy
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mene kiminse mesleheti lazim deyil sene lazimdi o meslehet evelce sayta ve sehifeye diqqetle bax gor nece bir sayta yazirsan ermeniperest sayt ve ermeni seyfesi her il min sher yazirlar ve her il bu sayt onlari desekleyir kime lazimidi senin medeniyyeyin ermeniye yoxsa ermeniperstlere bu il utanmadan qarabagida qatiblar sohbete isdefiyleri kimi yazirlar bele yaxdi dil bilensen cvblrini verde yoxsa sene medenyetsiz deyerler men hec kimi otuzdurmaga calismiram gorduyun kimi adam kimi yaziram seni qiciq tutursa get su ic mene agil verme seninde komentlerin aciz ve yaltaq gorunur sene bir sey deyen var burda itler burda olmaxin tebligatini aparir sayit… Read more »

Bakuboy
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resad menim dili bilmemeyim ya?imin az oldugu anlamina gelir sence? burda bir artis var oda gorunur kimdi ingilisce qon?ularin qeder temiz bilirsen ancaq insanliginda ele onlarinki qederdir qaldiki savad ve dunyagoru?u meselesine mubahise etmirem seni tanimiram sende meni belkede sene ders kecerem belkede eksine her ?ey dil bilmek deyil ola bilsin komentlerde fikrimi aydin izah ede bilmediyimden bele gornur sadece mende olkem haqqinda burda artiq eskik yazan gorende eseblesirem nese yazmaga calisiram ve olkem dediyin menimde olkemdi nese yazmaq ucun senden icaze almaliyamki sen kimsenki mene neyise deyirsen ele evelden oz dilimizde sozuvu deye bilmirdin mutleq artistlik edib reklam lazim… Read more »

Rashad
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Rashad

@Bakuboy, here oz medeniyyetine cavabdehdi. Kiminse menim olkem haqqinda dediyi bir soz menim olkemi pis etmir, amma olkemin oz numayendesi menim olkemi pis, tehqirlerle, savadsizca teqdim edirse bu menim adimi da, olkemin adini da batirir. Bunu qiraqdan hami da gorur. Bashqasinin elediyini tekrarlamaq mecburiyyetinde deyilsen. Ozun de dediyin kimi ingilis dilin de pisdir, mubahise elemeye chalishdigin insan ise temiz danishir. Basha dushduyum qederiyle yashin azdi, ona gore de emosiyanalsan. Yazdiqlarinla sen oz aglinda kimise “yerinde otuzdurursan”. Amma yaddan chixartma ki, o qorumaga chalishdigin olkeni pis teqdim edirsen. Sene meslehetim dilini ve dunyagorushunu artir, sonra bele yerlerde nese yaz. Ichinden gelmirse… Read more »

Bakuboy
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Rashad sen cox agillisan niye bu ermeniler qeder olmursuz he butun gunu her yerden bizim haqqimizda agizlarina geleni yazirlar biri gelib o birine demirki provokasia yaratma bir birin terefini saxliyirlar sense gelib ozuvu gosterirsen burda hec olmasa oz dilinde yaz bilirsenki azerbaycanliyam ozuvu gosterirsenki bu meymunlar sene sagol desin cox gozleyersen birdreki aglin varsa diqqetle oxu men leon adli ite cvb vermisem duzdu dili yaxsi bilmirem ama calismisam neyise izah edib niye bu qeder agillisan onun cvbn vermey evezine mene cvb yazirsan indi basliyacaqsanki bura yeri deyil ama onlar hech vaxt bele demirler bir bax gor senin kimi oz milletine… Read more »

Rashad
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Rashad

@Bakuboy, stop being provocative.

Wiwi admins should pay more attention to comments lately.

Bakuboy
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and in 2009 your song can can is plagirism our song by composer Tofiq quluyev the song Nakhchivanim watch it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIYB62Q7Hv8 even your countr’s journalis said it – yes we did plagiarism from Azerbaijan as always

2015!
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2015!

Armenia will fail or do great this year!
Live performance matters only from now.
With the right performance, clothes, great singing, they can get into the top 10 in the final. With a bad live performance they have a chanche to stay in the semi final.

Frank21
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Frank21

The most bad song in the contest this year, very clear this deserve not to go in the final , 0 points

marklebron
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marklebron

I think the song is amazing. One of my favorites this year. If not my favorite.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

The whole thing is obviously a huge GIMMICK and it all means nothing if it is not backed up by a WOW song and it is not. Without the song the gimmick can’t work, for example, Dana Int., Lordi, Emmelie, Conchita to name a few. It is also of course a publicity stunt, the controversial lyrics and the whole song written around two words. Good idea but the voices do not blend together, the outfits look like something out of Star Trek!! Given a poor draw, 2nd, I’m not as confident as Rashad; it could miss out from qualifying, very… Read more »

Narine
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Narine

Are these their stage costumes as well?
BTW good photos

Rashad
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Rashad

I really like Inga’s voice in the song, but the song is not that catchy. The voices don’t match and it feels like the song was made in the last moment. It will definitely qualify the semi-final as it holds a political message and it will get the immigrant votes from all over Europe. But I’m not sure if it’ll do well in the final. Btw, I’m glad they changed the song title and made it sound less political.

@Leon, oh, come on! Cry me a river.

Lolilly
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Lolilly

@Thiefo
I agree with you 100%.
I think the song has too many ups and downs in the melody and it’s too complicated for ESC.

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Great photos!

Leon
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Leon

Armenia’s song this year is not a commercial song, but by no means it’s a bad song. It’s actually pretty decent entry and absolutely deserves to be in the final.

@Noah – And what would the PR stunt here be? Taking a picture by an ancient monastery or creating a creative image that parallels their song? The truth is, ever since 2009, I feel like Armenia has been the victim of this contest. If the violations committed by Azerbaijan towards Armenia were done to any other country, Azerbaijan would have been banned for 3-5 years.

Noah
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Noah

If only these PR stunts from Armenia would stop, that would be great!

Antranig Shokayan
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The photos are amazing.

I think it’s quite ludicrous to say it’s the worst song of the year. It’s definitely not great, but it has some really good parts to it and it’s definitely better than at least 10 or so songs.

Having said that, it’s one of only 3 songs in Semi Final 1 that I don’t particularly like (along with Greece and Finland) and tbh I’d rather see better songs get through than seeing my country through, so I’m a little conflicted on that front but I don’t particularly care if they don’t get through.

beccaboo1212
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Cooool!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

kevin
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kevin

Amazing singers and amazing song 😉 best song for me

reddawg
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reddawg

everyone knows this is the worst song this year, right? it’s HILARIOUSLY bad. their voices don’t mix at all– the opera singing in the background? it’s so funny!

Thiefo
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These photos are stunning! I think Inga looks specially good, more because of the contrast between her more traditional look in 2009 with the more modern one of this year.

I love the whole concept behind Genealogy, the creation of the group and the background of their members… unfortunately their song, which at the end of the day is the most important part of their participation in ESC is what doesn’t impress me.