Chrystal Callahan

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
File:Chrystal Callahan.jpg
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 three teens attempting to escape war torn Chechnya through competitive Greco Roman wrestling. [2]

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]

Criticism and praise

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.[3][1] [5][4][6][7][8][9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rebecca Moss. "Chrystal Callahan's 'The Dirty War' Photo Project". ELLE.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Greco-Roman Grozny (2008)". IMDb. 15 June 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Canadian model finds fame in Chechnya".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Canadian Model Unlikely New Face Of Chechen TV". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Canadian model finds fame in Chechnya".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Toronto model the beautiful face of a beastly regime". 9 August 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Canadian Model Hosts a News Show in Chechnya". The Huffington Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Sputnik (18 August 2009). "Former Canadian model hosts own TV show in Chechnya".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Sputnik (5 June 2009). "Canadian model to wear headscarf on Chechen TV show".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links