Marina Orlova (Internet celebrity)
|Marina Vladimirovna Orlova
Марина Владимировна Орлова
10 December 1980
Arzamas, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Known for||Infotainment etymology|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
|Signature phrase||"Intelligence is Sexy"|
Marina Vladimirovna Orlova (Russian: Марина Владимировна Орлова) (born December 10, 1980) is a Russian Internet celebrity who describes herself as a philologist. She is the host of a popular channel on YouTube, HotForWords and a corresponding website. In the early 2000s, she was a bi-weekly guest on Maxim Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio. In 2012 she started an online series of videos for a personal finance website Bankrate.com where she explains the meaning of commonly used financial and economic terms.
Early life and education
Orlova was born in Arzamas (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) Russian SFSR, Soviet Union in 1980. She worked at a shop for a year before applying to an international recruitment program. She wanted to do something creative, or improve her English skills and to prepare for her Ph.D; she was then sent to a small town near San Francisco and worked as a nanny for a working family with two children. A year later she moved to Hollywood, where she attempted to start a career in modelling. After going to two photoshoots, she was told that at 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m), she was too short.
Orlova rents an apartment in Beverly Hills. She has said that her work takes up all of her time, and that she sometimes sits at the computer 12 to 14 hours at a time and has little time left for socializing.
Hot for Words website
The Hot for Words trademark was registered in February 2007 by Charles T. Como, a creator of internet sites for music bands. The first video posted was "Intro to Philology ;-)" on March 7 2007.
The theme of Orlova's website and YouTube videos, which begin with the tagline "Intelligence is Sexy," is tracing the origins of English words. Some of her entries focus on everyday words such as "irony" and "OK," while others address lengthy and rarely used words such as "floccinaucinihilipilification" and "antidisestablishmentarianism." Some entries also address idioms, including "let the cat out of the bag," "dressed to the nines," and "three sheets to the wind," or new words like the verb "to google."
The channel became active in February 2007, at a time when, Orlova said, "everybody was uploading cleavage." Orlova has since been voted "World's #1 Sexiest Geek" in Wired Magazine's "Sexy Geek of the Year Contest". G4 TV has listed Orlova among its "Hot Women of the Net" on several occasions, and Cosmopolitan Magazine has identified her as the "most subscribed to YouTube guru." Orlova appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of the wine, beer and spirits publication Mutineer Magazine, applying her trademark word explanations to common beverage words. Orlova has appeared on a number of Fox shows including on The O'Reilly Factor,[dead link] and was profiled on "The Medium," an Internet feature of The New York Times Magazine. In June 2008, Orlova and radio personality Danny Bonaduce signed endorsement contracts with coComment.
The Moscow Times said "Marina exploits her blonde-bombshell looks to the maximum: She appears in her two-minute clips scantily clad, pouting and making doe eyes. This is surely the main factor in her success. However, while the number of scantily clad girls on the Internet is limitless, not all of them put so much intellectual effort into their success."
In spring of 2010 Marina started doing video lessons of Russian for RT (TV network) and in the fall of the same year, she was hired to be the spokeswoman for AnastasiaDate, an online dating website.
- Orlova, Marina (2009). Hot for Words: Answers to All Your Burning Questions About Words and Their Meanings. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0061776311. LCCN 2008053684. OCLC 291193606.
- "Marina Orlova: About the Author". harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
- "Interview with Marina Orlova, HotForWords: In the business of explaining words", In2up, 24 May 2011. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
- Наталья ДЕРБЕНЕВА (March 19, 2010). "Английский язык в Голливуде преподает русская блондинка" (in Russian). Комсомольская правда. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- HotForWords G4 TV Appearance of Marina Orlova.
- Vonderau, Patrick (2010). "UNDERSTANDING ORLOVA: YOUTUBE PRODUCERS, HOT FOR WORDS, AND SOME PITFALLS OF PRODUCTION STUDIES". Wide Screen. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- Kazakina, Katya (September 25, 2009). "Google Trails Linguist With Lingerie, 238 Million YouTube Views". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- Molly Fahner, Cosmopolitan Magazine, June 2008.
- "Current and Back Issues". Mutineer Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- "Internet vixen teaches O'Reilly a thing or two about origins of words". Fox News. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
- Virginia Heffernan, Sexicon, The New York Times Magazine, December 17, 2007.
- "coComment Ignites Web Commenting With HotForWords and Danny Bonaduce". redorbit.com. June 11, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
- Marina Orlova has managed to get several million people interested in the origins of English words(registration required), Victor Sonkin, The Moscow Times, June 6, 2008.
- "RT presents Russian with Hot For Words". RT.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11.