Welcome to Natalia Web, a fansite for the Russian fashion model Natalia Vodianova. She has been the face of numerous high fashion brands, including Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. This site aims to bring you up-to-date with all the latest news, information, news and pictures concerning Natalia and her career. We hope you enjoy your stay and continue to visit daily.
Posted by on Feb 23rd, 2010 • Filed under Gallery, PhotoshootsNo Comments

Outtakes from Zoo have been added to the photoshoots gallery. Enjoy!

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Photoshoots > Magazine Prints & Outtakes > Zoo December 2009

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2010 • Filed under ArticleNo Comments

She looks like the girl who has it all, but supermodel Natalia Vodianova is still haunted by the poverty of her early life. Now she plans to build 500 playgrounds in her native Russia.

Although it’s 12 years since she left Russia, Natalia Vodianova still gets homesick, especially when she hears the language. “It’s odd because I even think in English now – though I sometimes dream in Russian, depending on who’s in the dream and what’s going on. But Russia has made me who I am: romantic, generous and a little melancholic.”

The 27-year-old model grew up in the grimly industrial city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in the sort of poverty that saw her single mother hold down four jobs while Vodianova raised her two sisters, one of whom, Oksana, has cerebral palsy. She was spotted at 15 by a model scout and taught herself English in just three months. She moved to Paris at 17, and by 22 she was a British Vogue cover star, married to property magnate Justin Portman and happily settled in the UK with their first-born, Lucas (who’s since been joined by siblings Neva and Viktor). At this point, when most of us would have settled back to enjoy life’s good fortune, Vodianova set up her own charity.

Unlike celebrities who blunder good-naturedly into complex political situations or try to solve global warming with a charity single, Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation has a simple and personal goal. Founded in response to the tragic Beslan school siege in 2004, the charity provides playgrounds for Russian children: 39 have been built so far, and the target is 500. “I see the importance of play in my own children and the lack of it in me,” Vodianova says. She estimates that, due to her family situation, her own childhood ended when she was six. “I would have loved somewhere to go when I was a little girl, somewhere I felt secure and that made me feel like a child. We adults have worries, but we forget that the little ones have them, too.”

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Photoshoots > Advertising Catalogues > YSL Manifesto S/S 2010

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Fashion Shows > 2010 – Fall / Winter Ready-to-wear > Hakaan Tildirim

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The forum has a new address. You can now access it by using this link:

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Posted by on Feb 16th, 2010 • Filed under ArticleNo Comments

The model tells why she loves brogues and wants thicker hair.

How does being a model affect your style?
Being a model created my style. I wasn’t aware of fashion before I started working, so my inspiration comes from the clothes I’ve worn and people I’ve met.

Which would you say has been your most seminal fashion campaign?
All my images for Calvin Klein: I have worked with them for so long that this relationship has come to define my career. I don’t think too much about it, though, just as I don’t let seeing my face on billboards daunt me.

What is your biggest fashion irritation?
There is a strange imbalance in attitudes to fashion: people either take it too seriously or fail to acknowledge its importance. Clothes define who you are but they shouldn’t take over your life.

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Biography
Rags to riches? A modern-day Cinderella? When people discuss Natalia Vodianova, these phrases get thrown around a lot. It is true that Natalia had a poor upbringing, but as she puts it, “I know some people would have wanted to kill themselves, but I thought my childhood was happy. My mother worked nearly 24 hours a day, and I realize things were difficult, but I managed to find a lot of light there. I had this weird knowledge that, one day, things would be good.”

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