The Rags-To-Riches Model: Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova is a Russian model, who went from selling fruits in the Soviet Union, to a model, who can command a million dollar earning. Calvin Klein enlisted her in the modelling brigade for a staggering eight consecutive seasons, but that is not the only fashion label Vodianova has modelled for: she has also starred for fashion campaigns in Louis Vuitton and Chanel. She was declared by Vogue as one of the models of the moment, in 2004 alongside Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy, an accomplishment, she singularly repeated in 2009.

Vodianova grew up in absolute poverty after her father walked out on the family, when she was just a little child, and she never saw him again, until she became famous. As a teenager, she grew up through difficult times, with her half-sisters and living with a mother who did not have a steady income flow to support themselves with. As a teen, Vodianova and her mother would sell fruit on the street and later on set up her own fruit stand with a friend to help lift her family out of the impoverished estate.

Growing up through such hard experiences gave her the positive idea that now that she has made something out of herself, she should give back something to her community, to help improve it. As the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, she wanted children in urban Russian neighbourhoods, to have a safe and well-motivated space to grow up in, and to help families that were raising disabled children.


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