Thursday, November 1, 2012

RUSSIAN SUPERMODEL NATALIA VODIANOVA


SUPERNOVA!
As she's known.

Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova is a Russian model and philanthropist who

 currently resides in Paris.
 In 2012, she came in 3rd on the Forbes top-earning models list,
 estimated to have earned $8.6 million in one year.

Natalia 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 GuerlainGivenchyCalvin KleinLouis VuittonYves Saint LaurentL'OréalDavid YurmanMarc JacobsStella McCartneyVersaceDiane von FürstenbergChanelGuerlainEtam and many, many others.
To date Natalia, has appeared on the cover of
 British Vogue seven times 








































PHILANTHROPY

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.
 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, the organisation built its first play park in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod & has since built nearly 38 more.
Mz 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.
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's 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."
In honour of her philanthropic achievements, Harper's Bazaar awarded Natalia the award for Inspiration of the Year 
in November 2010:-))))) 
You go girrrrrl!


The men, the children

Natalia with her former husband and 3 kiddies

Natalia met Justin Portman, who happens to be the half-brother of the 10th Viscount Portman, a British property heir at a Paris dinner in 2001. They married at the end of the same year & had three children 2gether, 2 boys & a girl:-)
Unfortunately for him and fortunately for her, the 2 separated in 2010 and Natalia moved on to Antoine Arnault, son of businessman Bernard Arnault and the head of communications for luxury brand Louis Vuitton among others.

Antoine Arnault and Natalia Vodianova

Antoine Arnault aka scion of LVMH is the French multinational luxury conglomerate which runs Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior amongst many others and is headed up by Antoine's father Bernard. Arnault Snr was named the richest person in Europe and the 4th richest person in the world by Forbes this year 2012, with an estimated net worth of an 
eye-watering $41.Billion