Monday, April 12, 2010

Natalia Vodianova in Vogue Paris

Peep these pics of Russian model Princess Natalia in a tragic-princess themed shoot for Vogue Paris.  Queen of the supermodels Natalia Vodianova has been quickly gaining props amongst the fashion elite, and she has been dubbed ‘Princesse Natalia’ in Vogue Paris' April 2010 editorial.

The impressive editorial features the brunette goddess working the hauteness in jewel tones, slammin' accessories and makeup fit for royalty.  The ‘Princesse NataliaVogue Paris spread was shot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and the Russian beauty, who was styled the fabulous
Carine fucking Roitfeld herself (!!!!!!!!!!!!!), works pieces from Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.

Still no clue who this Natalia chick is? Well, lemme tell ya.... See more pics a deets on Natalia Vodianova in the jump!

Natalia Vodianova's rags to riches life story has made her one of the most raved about models currently in the biz. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia's third largest city, she lived with her mother and two half-sisters in some nasty ass conditions. Her mother's abusive boyfriends and meager income dogged her throughout childhood.
Helping her mother sell fruits from a stand starting at age of 11, Vodianova moved into her own apartment with her bestie at 15. They started their own fruit stall to help out the struggling family and were actually quite successful, all things considered.

Just before bouncing from home, Natalia enrolled in a modeling academy, where she learned ladylike behavior and etiquette. During a casting call in Paris, she caught the eye of a photographer who promised her fame if she could learn to speak English in 3 months.  She worked her little booty off, both off and on the runway, and eventually became fluent in English, almost entirely self taught, before the age of 17.

At 17 she booked herself w/ the Viva agency, and by 19, she was getting steady runway work  She fell in love w/ a British real-estate guru, w/ whom she had a son, before getting married in St. Petersburg.  .Not letting motherhood keep her down, she continued working until she landed the headline for Yves Saint Laurent's fall collection.   

Soon, Vodianova's phone was ringing off the flippin' hook. Gucci made her the new face for their perfume line before she had less than 40 runway shows under her belt, and Calvin Klein  clambered to have her work their big Spring show. She was officially the hot new bitch in town and even made a brief appearance in Roman Coppola's film CQ with Billy Zane and Gérard Depardieu.

Now with campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Miss Sixty under her little Russian belt, Natalia can say is is a venerable supermodel. The hussie has done it all, from Vogue covers to big-name fashion shows, to bag ads, to fragrance campaigns. The media loves her not only for her "real" mug, but because her rags to riches story is so damn touching. At only 21 years old, Natalia Vodianova is already poised to take over the whole damn modeling world.

pics via Fashionista 

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