Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova
Russian model, actress and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova is included in Forbes 10 top-earning models list, with income of $ 4 million. 32-year-old Vodianova extended the contract with perfume brand Calvin Klein Euphoria, which she has advertised since 2006 and agreed to cooperate with the cosmetics company Guerlain and manufacturer of lingerie Etam. In May 2014, Natalia became the mother of her fourth child. Her twitter has more 100,000 subscribers. “I’m not some kind of pop star. And then, in Moscow, even when they recognize me, people are just hard to believe that I – that’s me. Rather, they decide that it’s someone very similar to me. In real life I’m a lot easier than in the magazine”, said Natasha in her interview to Marie Claire, 2012.
In September 2002, Vodianova was the most popular model of the New York Fashion Week – she appeared in shows of nineteen designers, including Anna Sui and Ralph Lauren, defile of which she presented. Natalia Vodianova was born 28 February 1982 in Nizhny Novgorod. At age 16, she was noticed by a local modeling agency scout; common in the West, the legend says that while Natasha was selling vegetables on the streets. The girl went to Moscow for the casting of the French agency Viva, and from there – straight to Paris. Thus began her path to fame.
The image of the new Lolita was a success, and in 2001, W Magazine called her the biggest sensation of fashion business. Just a month after the baby was born, Vodianova co-starred in the spring-summer Louis Vuitton campaign, then in Gucci Fall / Winter 2002.
She appeared in autumn 2002 in Calvin Klein advertising, and became the highest paid person of the label in its history – according to the newspaper New York Post, she has received for her work more than any predecessors, among them Brooke Shields and Kate Moss. Vodianova also played a role in the feature film CQ.
In 2004 Natalia Vodianova founded her own foundation “Naked Heart” (The Naked Heart Foundation) for the construction of children’s playgrounds in Russia and abroad. In total, the fund has built more than 100 playgrounds and parks in 68 Russian cities, as well as the first and unique playground for children with intellectual disabilities. Since 2011, the Foundation is engaged in the program “Every child deserves a family”, aimed at breaking the existing Russian tradition of abandonment of children with disabilities. As part of this program have been built “Family Support Center” in Nizhny Novgorod, as well as “Lekoteka” in the Tula region.
Natalia Vodianova and her first husband British aristocrat Viscount Portman (45), had three children in their nine years together: Son Lucas (9 yo), daughter Neva (8), and Viktor (6). They live with their mother and her new husband Antoine Arnault in Paris and spend half their holidays with their father. Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault have a son Maxim (b. 2 May 2014).