Love, Love, Love… Natalia Vodianova
Model, Actress, Designer, Wife & Mother, Philanthropist… Natalia Vodianova is one extraordinary lady.
Born in Gorky, USSR, Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of the city. As a teenager, Vodianova would help her mother sell fruit on the street and later set up her own fruit stand to help her family out of poverty. At the age of 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modelling academy. She was told she would need to learn English to succeed in the business. Vodianova mastered the language within just 3months and by the age of 17 had already moved to Paris and signed with Viva Models.
Vodianova has walked in over 175 runway shows and appeared in countless editorial spreads for fashion magazines worldwide. She has covered, on numerous occasions, Vanity Fair, Vogue, i-D, W, Italian Vogue, British Vogue, Pop, and Tatler, amongst others. This month alone, she graces two covers! Vodianova has been the ‘face’ of many campaigns, including those for; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Diana Von Fürstenberg, L’Oréal and others. As part of her contract with Etam (the French lingerie label), Vodianova has also designed a lingerie collection each season, under the brand Natalia pour Etam.
Outside Of Modelling…
Vodianova has three children with husband Justin Portman, and has been recognized for her philanthropic contributions. She is a founder and the president of the Naked Heart Foundation, a organisation that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment for every child living in urban Russia to play in. In November 2010, Vodianova was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Inspiration of the Year.
Vodianova will soon appear on the silver screen starring opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the romance Belle du Seigneur. Of taking on the role of actress, Vodianova has said: “Acting is an extension of what I do as a model because I never just pose. I always give a bit more.”
For Vogue US May 2011 Issue…
“Model and actress Natalia Vodianova unpacks a cinematic urban summer wardrobe at the iconic Chateau Marmont and finds young Hollywood talents behind every door”, Vogue US.
Natalia Vodianova for Guerlain Rouge S/S 2011
Exquisitely beautiful Vodianova fonts the latest campaign for Guerlain’s Rouge Lipstick Line.
Natalia Vodianova for Forum S/S 2011
Vodianova is joined by Marlon Teixeira, as the face of Forum’s Spring / Summer 2011 campaign. Vodianova and Teixeira sizzle with sexy, sophistication for the Brazilian label.
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Photos from vogue.com / fashiongonerogue.com / fashionising.com / models.com