Natalia Vodianova

Founder and President, Naked Heart Foundation

Natalia Vodianova is a Russian model, philanthropist and mother of four who now permanently resides in France. She has achieved considerable success as a runway, editorial and advertising campaign model and according to Forbes is in the top 5 most earning top-models in the world. Natalia is famous philanthropist. Apart from supporting NSPCC, Women for Women, RED, she is the founder and the president of the ‘Naked Heart Foundation’ a charity organisation that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia as well the care for the children with special needs and their families. The organisation built its first play park in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod and has since built 150 all over the country. In the last 10 years Natalia and the Naked Heart Foundation have raised €30 million for charity. Born in Gorky, Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) as a teenager, Vodianova helped her single mother sell fruit on the street and later set up her own fruit stand with a friend to help her family out of poverty. Natalia grew up with two half sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy and a deep case of autism. She experienced first hand the lack of a social support system in Russia, and the hardship and struggle for survival that families raising children with special needs live back home. At the age of 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modeling academy. By the age of 17, Vodianova had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models. To date, Vodianova has walked in more than 175 runway shows for U.S. and European based designers and has been face of worlds most renowned brands like Guerlain, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, L'Oréal, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Versace, Diane von Fürstenberg, Chanel, Etam and others. On 28th February 2012 Natalia turned 30 and decided to establish her own voice in social media and opened her profile on Facebook and Instagram as @NataSupernova. According to Facebook Russia she is now one of the most followed celebrities in Russia, her overall social media audience exceeds 1.5mln. Natalia sees social media as an instrument of triggering social and corporate responsibility to make the world a better place. For her contribution and philanthropy Natalia was honoured by the number of international awards including Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year 2013, Inspiration Award by DVF Awards 2013 and Glamour Woman of the Year 2014 as Voice for the Children. In October 2015 on the stage of the Closing Ceremony of the Clinton Global Initiatives in New York Natalia introduced by President Clinton has launched her new digital project Elbi. Elbi, the platform that brings the power of social and digital worlds to charities and connects them with people around the world.

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