Natalia Vodianova is one of those rare models who continues to rank amongst the top international supermodels year after year since she first broke into the modeling world at age seventeen. Born and raised in Gorky, Russia, Natalia famously sold fruit at a market stall to support her single mom and two half sisters, one afflicted with cerebral palsy before joining a modeling agency at age seventeen. Now age 34 and the mother of five children, Natalia is the founder “Naked Heart Foundation” a charity that creates play areas for Russian children in urban areas, and provides support for families raising kids with disabilities. Her famous “Love Ball”, a star-studded fashion world event raises funds to support the cause which has now opened over 90 playgrounds in Russia. Her newest endeavor goes hand in hand with her charity projects, the new Elbi app with a “love button” that allows users to easily connect and donate to various charities worldwide.
Famous for her almost decade-long contract with Calvin Klein for jeans, lingerie, and the fragrance Euphoria, Natalia has appeared in some of the raciest of the brand's advertisements. She has graced over seventy international Vogue covers, walked in over 400 runway shows, has been featured in four different Pirelli calendars, and been the face of brands from Guerlain, to Stella McCartney, to Moschino, to Theory. She was reported to have made 8.6 million dollars in 2012 alone.
A model with a heart and a true purpose to make the world a better place is compelling enough, if she wasn’t one of the most beautiful, versatile, and inspiring models in the business. It doesn’t hurt that even after five children she looks young and fresh and just as intriguing as ever!
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