Natalia Vodianova is a Russian model. Since bursting into the spotlight in 2001, She has campaigned for Louis Vuitton,
Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Euphoria, Gucci and Miss Sixty. Her
Cinderella story of going from poverty into modeling glamour has also
created great buzz about her.
Natalia Vodianova was born on February 28, 1982, in Gorky, Russia. She
lived with her mother and two half-sisters under meager and tough
conditions. The poor lifestyle was a result of Soviet Union's road to
collapse and its aftermath. The political and economic conditions took
a harsh toll on Natalia's family, as she had to start working at the
age of eleven. Natalia and her family sustained eachother with a fruit
At age 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modeling academy, where she learned
ladylike behavior and etiquette. Fortunately, she also went to casting
opportunities, and one day, she caught the eye of a scouting agent from
Paris. He told her that a great future was in store for her; all she
had to do was learn English in three months.
Convinced that her life could change for the better, Vodianova
did just that. At 17, she moved to Paris to try her hand at modeling.
Delighted to work, she was a dream client for the Viva agency and was
an inspired woman. Though her salary was small at her first, it was
still much more than what she was earning in her native Russia.
When she was 19 years old, she made much headway in modeling
but still had not made it big. For some time, she was distracted
however, after falling in love and marrying British real-estate heir
Justin Portman. She gave birth to son Lucas before the lavish wedding
in St. Petersburg, and for an instant, her career looked bleak.
Fortunately, these distractions did not sway her: she roamed the
runways for several fall collections and astounded so many that she
headlined the Yves Saint Laurent show that same year.
Soon, Vodianova's phone was ringing off the hook. Gucci made
her the new face for their perfume line after she had more than 40
runway shows under her belt, and then Calvin Klein called to hire her
for their big Spring show. She was officially the hot new face in town
and even made a brief appearance in Roman Coppola's film CQ with Billy
Zane and Gerard Depardieu.
Now, with campaigns for Louis Vuitton,
Marc Jacobs and Miss Sixty to her name, Vodianova is a true supermodel.
She has done it all, from Vogue covers to big-name fashion shows. The
media loves her not only for her "real" look, but because her story is
so inspiring. Living in New York with her husband and son, Vodianova is
already poised to take over the whole modeling world with her charm and
In July 2007, Vodianova was featured the cover of American Vogue as the
solo subject, a considerable feat during an era that relies heavily on
celebrity cover subjects to push sales. She first appeared on the cover
along with eight other top models in September 2005. The only other
models to have singularly graced the cover of US Vogue in between those
two issues have been Linda Evangelista and Liya Kebede.
According to Forbes, Vodianova is ranked as the seventh
highest-earning model in the world after Carolyn Murphy, Alessandra
Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen. Her
earnings for the past year were in the order of $4.5 million.
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