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Natalia Vodianova was born in Gorky on February 28, 1982 and is a Russian supermodel.
Natalia arose from a difficult childhood. Her mother's abusive boyfriends and a tight financial situation dogged her throughout childhood. Having helped her mother with her fruit stall business from the age of 11, Vodianova moved into her own apartment with a friend at 15 and started her own fruit-stall business. She was thus able to help out Vodianova's sisters, one of whom is disabled.
At 15 Vodianova enrolled in a modeling academy, and started going to casting opportunities. A scouting agent from Paris told her that she had a great future if only she would learn English quickly. Convinced that her life could change for the better, Vodianova learned English in three months, moved to Paris and signed up with the Viva agency at age 17. Soon, Gucci made her the new face for their perfume line. After working at more than 40 runway shows, she was hired by Calvin Klein's spring show. Around this time she also made a brief appearance in Roman Coppola's film CQ, with Billy Zane.
Vodianova has done campaigns for Louis Vuitton,L'Oreal, Marc Jacobs, Miss Sixty, Pepe Jeans and Calvin Klein's collection and his fragrance, "Euphoria".She is good friends with Teswin Cupido from Bishop Lavis. Her partner is British real estate heir, Justin Portman, a half-brother of the 10th Viscount Portman; they have a son, Lucas Alexander, born December 22, 2001. On September 1, 2002, Vodianova and Portman married in a lavish ceremony in Saint Petersburg. Their second child, daughter Neva was born on March 24, 2006. She posed with her baby in Vogue.
More at her fan site at: www.vodianova.net
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