Nike Launches Russian ‘Better For It’ campaign Celebrating Real Girls of Moscow

Amsterdam, 2 July 2015. Building on Nike Women’s global ‘Better For It’ platform, Nike Russia launches a national campaign to celebrate the girls who are breaking stereotypes and embracing sport as a part of their everyday life.

Nike Launches Russian ‘Better For It’ campaign Celebrating Real Girls of Moscow

#betterforit is more than just a hashtag. It’s a call to action to share, promote and embrace women’s fitness and sports. With this rallying cry, Nike invites a global community of athletes to push themselves further, whether it’s a personal best in their latest marathon or a weekend run. #betterforit offers athletes a collective inspiration to reach new heights and a place to share their experience.

In Russia, sport participation is rapidly growing, and there is a group of women who are driving this movement. Free-thinking and free-spirited, their confidence comes from sport and fitness. These women are more comfortable in sneakers than heels, preferring exercise to fad diets. In the new #betterforit campaign created by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, Nike names these women the ‘Real Girls of Moscow’ and shines a light on both sporting legends and the everyday athlete – all of whom inspire woman to be more active.

The campaign in Moscow is headlined with large outdoor murals, five short online films, and digital and social activations that harness the bold voice of women today and address the dynamic world of sport and fitness with a lighthearted tone and humor.

Nike Launches Russian ‘Better For It’ campaign Celebrating Real Girls of Moscow

The #betterforit movement includes insights from top athletes including Katya Izotova (former World Champion Thai Boxing), Diana Vishneva (ballet dancer) and Adelina Sotnikova (2014 Olympic Gold medalist in Figure Skating). Each athlete is immortalized in a series of giant outdoor murals in Moscow and in animated GIFs geo-located to the original mural so people can find it in Moscow city.

The same athletes are featured in a series of short films shot by world-renowned sport and fashion photographer, Carlos Serrao. The films, which are each representative of five different disciplines – yoga, long jumping, boxing, figure skating, ballet – highlight a woman’s inner thoughts while working hard towards their goals.

The #betterforit movement culminated in Moscow when Nike took over Gorky park for a 10 day immersive sport experience. More than 25,000 girls came together over the course of the 10 days to participate in activities ranging from yoga to dance. The experience kicked-off with a global N+TC Tour stop and ended with a Nike Women’s 10k race. Both events featured special athlete guests and were part of the Nike Women’s event series, which united more than 200,000 women and girls from across the globe in 2015, and featured Moscow as a tour stop for the first time.

“One of priorities of the company is to grow sport participation and inspire more people to be active. We are witnessing a sport boom in Russia and we are happy to fuel this change and perception of sport among youth” – comments Massimo Giunco, Brand Director, Nike Russia.

David Smith, W+K Amsterdam Creative Director says: “We wanted to give this work a sense of legacy. So many ads today are about a one second moment, and we wanted more, we wanted pieces that would be remembered for a long time. So we broke the usual parameters of advertising and created a series of giant outdoor murals. The results are fantastic. The scale and beauty of the photography really gives these girls the heroic stature they deserved.“
The online films were shared on the Nike Woman Russia Facebook and YouTube Channel, while the mural GIFs are being shared via Instagram, VK and on the global Nike Woman #BetterForIt tumblr.

Nike Launches Russian ‘Better For It’ campaign Celebrating Real Girls of Moscow

The eight professional athletes featured in the campaign are:
– Darya Klishina – Long Jumper (Two times gold medalist at European Indoor Championships)
– Kseniya Vdovina (Ryzhova) – Sprinter (2013 World Champion gold medalist, 4x400m Relay)
– Diana Vishneva – Ballet Dancer (Principal dancer with Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theater)
– Adelina Sotnikova – Figure Skater (2014 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ladies’ Singles)
– Kate Shengeliya – Skateboarder (first Russian participant of the X-Games, in Austin 2015)
– Kate Izotova – Thai boxer (4 times World champion, 3 times Europe champion)
– Anna Grotesque – Choreographer (Leader of dance crew Girls Community)
– Olga Markes – founder of #Sekta school


Executive Creative Director Mark Bernath, Eric Quennoy
Creative Director David Smith, Alvaro Sotomayor, Craig Williams
Art Director Ignasi Tudela
Copywriter Zoe Hawkins
Head of Content Joe Togneri
Planner Danny Feeney, Michelle Arrazcaeta
Communications Planner Josh Chang
Group Account Director Kirk Johnsen
Account Director Kathryn Addo
Senior Account Manager Jorge Fesser
Broadcast production / Head of Art Buying Maud Klarenbeek
Art buying / broadcast production Javier Perroud
Head of Studio Jackie Barbour
Retoucher Dario Fusnecher
Project Manager Janna Harrington
Business Affairs Michael Graves
Director/Photographer Carlos Serrao
Director of Photography Monica May
Producer Amy Lynne
Executive Producer Terrie Tanaka
Vogue Shoot Make-up Mark Williamson at artist-management using Mac
Vogue Shoot hair Hanjee at Jed Root for Hanjee Hair Gallery 
Editor Sam Gunn
Sound Designer/Mixer Alex Nicholls-Lee
Katya Izotova Glintshake
Olga Markes Glintshake
Adelina Sotnikova MassiveMusic
Diana Vishneva MassiveMusic
Darya Klishina MassiveMusic
Flame Morten Vinther
Telecine Scott Harris
Producer Jane Bakx

About Nike
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories, and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.

About Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam
Wieden+Kennedy is an independent, creatively led advertising agency that creates strong and provocative relationships between good companies and their customers. Founded in 1992, the Amsterdam office is a truly international agency purpose built to produce global and pan-European campaigns. Clients include Nike,, Electronic Arts, Proctor & Gamble, Milka.

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