Standing at 5'9", supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova has set the standard for many future models. Growing up in a poor Russian town, Vodianova has made the most with her talents. Equipped with gorgeous facial features and her tall, thin body, Vodianova has had nothing but success as a thirty year old model and mother.
At the young age of fifteen, Vodianova entered a modeling academy and learned to speak English. By seventeen, she was signed with Viva Models in Paris and began her path to fame. 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 Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, L’Oreal Paris, Pepe Jeans, Diane Von Furstenburg, Louis Vuitton, Guerlian, Calvin Klein, Chanel and others.
By May of 2009, Vodianova had been featured on the cover of British Vogue seven times beginning with the issue of September 2003. She made her first appearance on the cover of the U.S. Vogue in the September 2004 issue alongside eight other models, then appeared as the solo cover subject of the July 2007 edition of the magazine. Vodianova is one of the only three models ever to be photographed on the cover of U.S. Vogue, while most covers feature celebrities.
Overall, Vodianova is a complete success. In March of 2010, she spoke about Health in Fashion at Harvard Business School in which I attended with a friend. She spoke about how at the start of her career in Paris she battled anorexia. But now as a woman and an experienced model, Natalia Vodianova has children of her own, resides in England and will be known forever for her beauty and talents.