Monday, August 22, 2011

Models Unzipped: Natalia Vodianova

  • Born In Gorky, USSR, 28th February 1982
  • She sold fruit on a stand with a friend and her mother to help her family out of poverty
  • At 15 she enrolled in a modelling academy, learnt English in 3 months and emigrated to Paris to sign with Viva Models at 17
  • Has starred in hundreds of runway shows, Couture campaigns and designer photoshoots in the past few years. 
  • She has also explored the realm of film, starring in Clash of the Titans, Probka and CQ.
  • Vodianova was ranked number 14 in channel 5's The World's Greatest Supermodel in 2005
  • She co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, 2009
  • Natalia married the british property heir, Justin Portman in 2001 wearing Tom Ford and have 3 children. In June this year they announced their separation after 10 years of marriage. 
  • She is the founder and president of the Naked Heart Foundation, aiding children in Russia to live an inspiring and safe, loving childhood. 
  • She is a spokesperson for the TigerTiger campaign, Hear the World foundation and (Bugaboo)RED to prevent AIDS in africa.
  • In 2010 Harper's Bazaar awarded her the Inspiration of the Year award in honour of her philanthropic achievements


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