Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova

Vodianova at the press-conference in Novosibirsk, Russia, 20 September 2008
Born Наталья Водянова
28 February 1982 (1982-02-28) (age 29)
Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Soviet Union
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Hair colour Light brown[1]
Eye colour Blue[1]
Measurements 86.5-61-86.5 cm (34-24-34 in)[1]
Weight 115
Dress size 34 EU / 4 US / 6 UK[1]
Spouse Justin Portman (2001–2011)

Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova (Russian: Наталья Михайловна Водянова, pronunciation Nataľja Michajlovna Vodjanova, born 28 February 1982)[2] is a Russian model and philanthropist who now permanently resides in the United Kingdom.[3]


Early life

Born in Gorky, Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of the city with her mother and two half sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy. As a teenager, Vodianova helped her mother sell fruit on the street and later set up her own fruit stand with a friend to help her family out of poverty.[3]

Vodianova's father walked out on the family when Natalia was a toddler, and she did not have any further contact with him until after she had become famous.[4][5]


Natalia Vodianova for the premiere of her lingerie collection by Etam Lingerie in Paris, France.

At the age of 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modelling academy and was told she would need to learn English to succeed, and mastered the language in three months.[6] By the age of 17, Vodianova had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models.[6]

Vodianova has achieved considerable success as a runway, editorial and advertising campaign model. To date, Vodianova has walked in more than 175 runway shows for U.S. and European based designers' ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, has appeared in editorial spreads in fashion magazines worldwide and has completed advertising campaigns for Shiatzy Chen, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, L'Oréal, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Pepe Jeans, Diane von Fürstenberg, Chanel, Guerlain and others.[7]

Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the "Models of the Moment".[8] As of May 2009, Vodianova has appeared on the cover of British Vogue seven times; the first was the September 2003 issue.[9] She made her first appearance on the cover of the U.S. Vogue in the September 2004 edition alongside eight other models, then appeared as the solo cover subject of the July 2007 edition of the magazine.[10] During this time period, other covers of the American Vogue have all featured non-model celebrities with only three other exceptions: models Linda Evangelista, Liya Kebede and Gisele Bündchen.

As an actress, Vodianova appears in Roman Coppola's 2001 film CQ.[11] In September 2008, Vodianova stated that she was not interested in filmmaking because of her three children;[12] however, she appears in director Alexander Kott's 2009 film Probka.[11] She also has credits in the 2010 remake of the film Clash of the Titans. In the action flick Natalia has been CGI-enhanced to play Medusa, the mythological snake-haired mortal gorgon with powers to turn those who look at her to stone.

In Spring 2009, Vodianova entered into a three-year agreement to be a brand ambassador for the French lingerie company Etam and will design a lingerie collection each season during the term of the agreement. The collections will be marketed under the brand Natalia pour Etam.[13]

In Fall 2009, Vodianova was announced as the new face for 2010 of Kamiseta, a fashion line in The Philippines that had previously used non-model celebrity actors including Alicia Silverstone and Natalie Portman.[14] Vodianova was shot by California photographer Caroline Schiff in New York City in August 2009.[15]

Vodianova was ranked 14th in the UK channel Five's 2005 television programme World's Greatest Supermodel. Forbes magazine estimates Vodianova earned $4.5 million (USD) between August 2006 and July 2007, $4.8 million (USD) between May 2007 and April 2008 and $5.5 million (USD) between June 2008 and June 2009, making her the seventh highest earning model worldwide during all three time periods.[16][17][18]

In May 2009, Vodianova co-hosted the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.[19]

On 12 December 2009, she was designated an ambassador of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, becoming a ‘face’ and key advocate of Russia’s first Winter Games.[20][dead link] In 2010, she appeared at the Vancouver Olympic Closing Ceremony within that role.

In October 2010, Vodianova landed her first leading acting role in a film adaptation of Albert Cohen's 1968 novel Belle du Seigneur, directed by Glenio Bonder and co-starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It is scheduled for release in 2012.

Vodianova is part of Vogues's history, in what marks the magazine's first multi-cover in the publication's 95-years, landing one of the three May Vogue UK covers in celebration of the most anticipated wedding of the year - the Royal wedding.[21]

Personal life

In November 2001, Vodianova married Justin Trevor Berkeley Portman, a British property heir and half-brother of the 10th Viscount Portman.[22] In September 2002, over nine months after registering the marriage in the UK, they had a wedding ceremony in St. Petersburg, where Vodianova wore a dress designed by Tom Ford.[23][24] The couple have three children: son Lucas Alexander (born 22 November 2001), daughter Neva (born 24 March 2006) and son Viktor (born 13 September 2007). Viktor is named after Vodianova's grandfather, who had helped raise her after her father's departure.[25] Neva is named after the Russian river Neva.[26] They announced their separation in June 2011.[27]

She is currently in a relationship with Antoine Arnault, son of businessman Bernard Arnault and the head of communications for luxury brand Louis Vuitton. [28]


Natalia Vodianova for the premiere of her lingerie collection by Etam Lingerie in Paris, France.

Vodianova is a founder and the president of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia.[3][29][30] She was inspired to found the charity after visiting Russia with her son Lucas and finding there were no suitable places for children to play.[4] The organisation built its first play park in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod. It has since built nearly 38 more.[31]

Vodianova also lends her support to a number of philanthropic causes, such as the (Bugaboo)RED campaign, an initiative to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.[32] That same year, Vodianova became an ambassador for Hear the World, a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the topic of hearing and hearing loss and to promote good hearing all over the world.[33]

She is also a spokeperson for the Tiger Trade Campaign, an alliance of 38 organisations united under the common aim "to bring back wild tigers by stopping trade in tiger parts and products from all sources." In an interview supporting the campaign, Vodianova said: "I'm proud that Russia, my country, is home to the most magnicifent of animals, the wild Siberian tiger. Today it is up to us to protect the tiger and its home, fewer than 350 Siberian tigers remain in the wild and no more than 3,400 tigers survive anywhere in the world. Unless we act now we will see the extinction of the wild tiger within our lifetime."[34][35]

In honour of her philanthropic achievements, Harper's Bazaar awarded Vodianova the award for Inspiration of the Year in November 2010.[36]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Profile of fashion model Natalia Vodianova". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Natalia Vodianova - Fashion Model - Profile". New York Media LLC. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "About Us - Our Founders". Naked Heart Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ a b Natalia Vodianova (13 January 2008). "How I get dressed". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ Camilla Long (3 February 2008). "Supernova Heights; the Sussex home of Natalia Vodianova". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Horoscopes - Celebs - Pisces - Natalia Vodianova". Elle (UK) website. Hachette Filipacchi (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Profile of Fashion Model Natalia Vodianova". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  8. ^ September 2004 American Vogue
  9. ^ "Vogue Magazine Archive ( UK)". Vogue (UK) website. CondéNetUK Limited.,Natalia%20Vodianova/Search,Model/. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  10. ^ "Vogue's July Model Cover". Miss Stylologist blog. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  11. ^ a b "Natalia Vodianova Filmography". Internet Movie Database., Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  12. ^ "Natalia Vodianova: 'I try to be a good mother'". website. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  13. ^ Jessica Bumpus (9 February 2009). "Model Designs". Vogue (UK) website. CondéNetUK Limited. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  14. ^ Cecile Van Straten (4 October 2009). "Watch out for the new face of Kamiseta". The Philippino Star. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  15. ^ AgencyScoop (4 October 2009). "KamisetaCampaign". Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  16. ^ Blakeley, Kiri (16 July 2007). "In Pictures: The World's Top-Earning Models". LLC. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  17. ^ Blakeley, Kiri (30 April 2008). "In Pictures: The World's 15 Top-Earning Models". LLC. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  18. ^ Streib, Lauren (27 May 2009). "In Pictures: The World's Top-Earning Models". LLC. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  19. ^ "Channel 1 Russia press conference - News - Eurovision Song Contest - Moscow 2009". Eurovision Song Contest Official Website. EBU. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  20. ^ "Sochi 2014 Launches New Paralympic Games Emblem on Russia's First Ever International Paralympic Winter Day". Sochi 2014 Official Website. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  21. ^ Foster, Kimberley (5 April 2011). "Vogue UK's triple treat: Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova & Freja Beha Erichsen". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  22. ^ "Birth, Marriage and Death indexes 1984 - 2006". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  23. ^ "Afterwards: congratulations Nati!". Models Blog. 3 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  24. ^ "Monday's Muse: Natalia Vodianova". Amour Amour Blog. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  25. ^ Kay, Richard (6 November 2007). "Beeb gets its tutus in a twist". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  26. ^ Dolly Jones (29 March 2006). "Natalia's Girl Arrives". Vogue (UK). Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  27. ^ "Putting Fairy Tales and Fashion in Play " The New York Times (2011)
  28. ^ "Natalia Vodianova’s new lover is LVMH boss Bernard Arnault’s son Antoine " (2011)
  29. ^ "About Us - Trustees". Naked Heart Foundation. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  30. ^ "About Us - Our Mission". Naked Heart Foundation. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  31. ^ "What We Do - Map". Naked Heart Foundation. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  32. ^ "Natalia Vodianova naked for Bugaboo (Red)". Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  33. ^ "The ambassadors - Hear the World". Hear the World. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  34. ^ "End Tiger Trade: International Tiger Coalition". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  35. ^ "Natalia Vodianova supports Asian tigers". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  36. ^ "Natalia Vodianova an inspiration at Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards". Retrieved 2010-04-28. 

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Preceded by
Serbia Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(Semi-finals, with Andrey Malakhov)
Succeeded by
Norway Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy Jatou N'jie
and Erik Solbakken

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