Joan Smalls ranked in 2013, at #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list. She is Best Known For Having worked with big fashion houses and brands.
Other names: Joanji, Joan, Joan Rodriguez
Alma mater: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Height: 5 ft 10.5 in or 179 cm
Measurements: 32.5-24-34 in or 83-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Age: 30 years and 6 months
Eye color: Brown
Hair Color Brown
Sun Sign Cancer
Joan has appeared in many advertisements including Calvin Klein Jeans, Chanel, Cop-Copine, David Yurman, Dillard’s, Estée Lauder, Giambattista Valli for Macy’s, Givenchy, Givenchy eyewear, Gucci, Gucci eyewear, Lacoste, Liz Claiborne, Neiman Marcus, Ports 1961, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Paris
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
In 2011, Joan Smalls became the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder cosmetics.
In January 2014, Smalls appeared on the “Return of the Supermodel” cover of American Elle.
In 2012, Smalls was ranked the number #1 model in the world according to Models.com; she is currently ranked as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry.
In 2010, Smalls began modeling for Victoria’s Secret, and was featured in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show from 2011-2016.
Early life and education
Joan Smalls Rodríguez was born and raised in Hatillo, Puerto Rico.
She has two sisters.
Her father, Eric Smalls, is an accountant, and is West Indian from Saint Thomas, of African and Irish ancestry.
Smalls’ mother, Betzaida Rodríguez, is a social worker, who is Puerto Rican, and of Spanish, Taino, and Indian (South Asian) heritage.
Smalls graduated magna cum laude from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to become a model.
She was signed by Elite Model Management in 2007. In 2009, she left Elite Model Management and signed with IMG Models worldwide, where she changed her focus to runway work.
She was signed as a Givenchy exclusive for Riccardo Tisci’s Spring/Summer Haute Couture show in January 2010, and her modeling career took off.
Since working for Givenchy, Joan Smalls has modeled haute couture and ready-to-wear collections for top designers and fashion houses such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Isabel Marant, Burberry, Moschino, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Missoni, Chloé, Alexander Wang, Versace, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Fendi, Dior, DSquared², Valentino, Oscar De La Renta, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney and many more.
She has appeared in shows for fashion week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. In 2010, Smalls began modeling for Victoria’s Secret and has appeared in their 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Joan Smalls has appeared in editorials for several international editions of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D, GQ, Dazed & Confused, Elle, Industrie, Interview, American and Spanish V, Glamour and W. Her international covers include the Italian, American, Australian, Japanese, Turkish, Brazilian, Mexican, Latin American, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and German editions of Vogue; the British, French, Dutch, South African, Turkish, Belgium, Italian and American editions of Elle; the South African, Mexican, Latin American and British editions of GQ; and the American, British, Japanese, Brazilian, Kazakhstan, Bulgarian, Dutch, Thai, Czech, Singaporean, Malaysian, Argentine, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, German, Spanish, Korean, Latin American, Mexican and Indian editions of Harper’s Bazaar.
Joan Smalls has appeared on the cover of Numéro, W, W Korea, Lui, Porter, Garage, Lucky, Dazed & Confused, Glam Belleza Latina, The Last Magazine, V, 10, Madame Figaro, Self, Grazia, The Edit, The Impression, Caras, ES Magazine, WSJ, POP, i-D, 032c, Narcisse, Document Beauty, WWD, Glamour, Stylist and CR Fashion Book.
In September 2013, Joan Smalls and fellow model Karlie Kloss appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, which dubbed them “The New Supers”.
She appeared in the 2012 and 2014 Pirelli Calendar.
Joan Smalls also featured on the cover of American Vogue’s September 2014 issue.
Joan Smalls has been photographed by fashion photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mert and Marcus, Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Hans Feurer, Terry Richardson, David Sims, Inez & Vinoodh, Norman Jean Roy, Camilla Akrans, Alasdair McLellan, Ellen Von Unwerth, Emma Summerton, Josh Olins, Mikael Jansson, Daniel Jackson, Tom Munro, Willy Vanderperre, Michael Thompson, Gilles Bensimon, Luigi Murenu, Daniele + Iango, Sean & Seng, Sebastian Faena, Sølve Sundsbø, Giampaolo Sgura, Cass Bird, Roe Ethridge, Richard Bush, Cedric Buchet, Henrique Gendre, Txema Yeste, Victor Demarchelier, Boo George, Matt Jones, Russell James, Charlotte Wales, Chris Colls, Todd Hido, Jason Kibbler, Greg Kadel, Marcus Ohlsson, Carter Smith, Sebastian Kim, Vivian Sassen, Cuneyt Akeroglu, Luigi & Iango, Zee Nunes, Matthew Welch, Brigitte Lacombe, Mariano Vivanco and Glen Luchford.
Joan Smalls is the first Puerto Rican fashion model chosen by brands to front their advertising campaigns, including Gucci, Gucci Eyewear, Chanel, Fendi, Fendi eyewear, Balmain, Calvin Klein Jeans, Givenchy, Givenchy Eyewear, Roberto Cavalli, Lacoste, Gap, J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Studio W., Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Free People, W Hotels Worldwide – Global Fashion Innovator, Mercedes-Benz, Next, Ogilvy, Target, Smartwater, Hanes x Karla, H&M, Katie Grand for Hogan, ICB, Smart & Sexy, True Religion, Giambattista Valli, David Yurman, Estée Lauder, Ports 1961, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung, Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss Eyewear, Tiffany & Co., Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Versace, Versace Eyewear, Missoni, and Missoni Eyewear, Stuart Weitzman, United Colors of Benetton, Calvin Klein Underwear, Joe Fresh, Replay, Moschino, Liu·Jo, Liu·Jo eyewear, Karl Lagerfeld, Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta Eyewear, Dsquared², Etam, Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu.
In 2017, W Hotels Worldwide appointed Supermodel Joan Smalls as the first ever Global Fashion Innovator. Smalls will help create, shape and innovate W’s global fashion platform around the world. From special appearances and distinct collaborations to exclusive in-room and digital content, Smalls will add her signature style and taste to the W Hotel guest experience.
n 2011, Estée Lauder signed Joan Smalls to its line-up of global beauty ambassadors. She is the first Latina signed to a worldwide campaign for the brand. Richard Ferretti, Estée Lauder’s global creative director stated, “The word supermodel is overused, but if there’s any woman of our generation who deserves the title, it’s Joan. She can go from looking girl-next-door to superchic-tough-strong—and she is all of that.”
In 2015, Joan Smalls teamed up with Estée Lauder to create 12 New Matte Lipsticks for the cosmetics giant.
The Supermodel provided inspiration for the 12 new shades, including a broad selection of reds, pinks, chocolatey browns and a dark burgundy (all permanent additions to the Estée Lauder line).
Television and media
Joan Smalls served as co-host (along with model Karlie Kloss) of the MTV fashion series House of Style.
She was featured alongside singer Bruno Mars in the June 2011 edition of Vogue.
In 2006 she appeared in Ricky Martin’s “It’s Alright” music video.
In November 2013, she co-starred with actor Michael K. Williams in the music video and short film for the American rapper ASAP Rocky’s track “Phoenix”, written by Asia Argento and Francesco Carrozzini and directed by Carrozzini. In 2013, she appeared in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” video.
Joan Smalls will appear as a guest judge on the ninth season of the reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In 2015, Joan Smalls designed a Denim Collection, Joan Smalls x True Religion. Photographer Steven Klein shot Smalls for the True Religion collection ad campaign.
In 2017, Smalls teamed up with the Smart and Sexy brand, to create a line of lingerie and swimwear to be sold at Walmart.
Awards and recognition
In September 2012, Joan Smalls was named “Model of the Year” at the 9th Annual “Style Awards”. Supermodel Iman presented Smalls with the award.
In 2013, Smalls ranked #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list, earning an estimated $3.5 million.
In September 2012, Joan Smalls was ranked #1 on the “Top 50 Models Women” list by Models.com.
She remained at the top of the list until August 2014, when the site named her as one of the “New Supers”.
In January 2014, Smalls appeared on the cover of American Elle and was featured in the article “The Return of the Supermodel: It’s Joan Smalls”.
In April 2014, supermodel Cindy Crawford posted an update on her Facebook page calling Joan Smalls one of her favorite new models.
Crawford wrote, “She has great style—sexy and elegant with a touch of tomboy thrown in! And she showed off her great moves in the Yoncé video!”
Joan Smalls is involved with a non-profit organization called Project Sunshine, where she helps children with medical needs.
Smalls was part of the ‘Jeans for Refugees’ campaign, a Johny Dar project and artistic fundraising initiative dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. She has also been involved with The Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.
Mark Gordon. Joan started working with Gordon 4 years ago.
She does not diet, so, she goes to the gym every day for an hour (before any swimwear photoshoot).
Joan Smalls has scoliosis (abnormal curving of the spine cord). So, Gordon makes an appropriate schedule for her which includes strength training, interval exercises, cardio and targeted exercises for abs and buns.
Joan Smalls Favorite Things:
Favorite Food – Spanish
Favorite Restaurant – Her Kitchen
Favorite Perfume – Tom Ford’s Black Orchid
Favorite Beauty Products – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Daily moisturizer with SPF 15, and Sumptuous Mascara
Favorite Lipgloss – Estee Lauder Nude Rose Lipgloss
Favorite Photographer – Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Favorite Place – Tanzania, Africa
Favorite Fashion Designers – Riccardo Tisci, Frida Giannini, Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone
Favorite Shoe Designer – Christian Louboutin and Tabitha Simmons.
Joan Smalls Facts:
Joan Smalls has featured alongside Bruno Mars in Vogue 2011 edition.
Joan Smalls started modeling for Victoria’s Secret and has appeared in 2011 Fashion Show.
Some of her friends are Bobbi Wiens, Danielle Hamm, Shelby Coleman, Lea T.
According to models.com, Joan Smalls is the world’s no. 1 model since September 1, 2012.
She has a pet named, Mr. Grey (cat). She left her pet cat at her parents’ house in Puerto Rico.
She wants that Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy should design her wedding dress.
Being a model, her every day is unpredictable as she needs to travel to different places for fashion shows, which she likes it.
Joan has appeared in Ricky Martin‘s “It’s Alright” video.
She spent her first hard earned money for buying a car for her father.
Joan Smalls was selected to walk the ramp exclusively for Givenchy Spring 2010 couture show.
Joan has not acted in any film.
First TV Show
Till now, she has appeared only in Fashion Shows. Joan appeared in Ready to wear – Spring /Summer 2008 and other fashion shows as well.
Alessandra Ambrosio Confirms the Rumors She’s Leaving Victoria’s Secret.
For nearly two decades, there’s always been one thing you can count on at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Alessandra Ambrosio killing it on the catwalk. But after reports surfaced that the iconic Angel might be retiring from the runway, PEOPLE asked the supermodel backstage about her future with the lingerie giant that she’s worked with for close to half her life.
“I don’t know,” Ambrosio, 36, told PEOPLE when asked if she was retiring. “I can’t even believe that I’m here still. Never in my life would I dream of doing 17 shows, but I’m very happy to be here in China because it’s definitely the biggest show we’ve ever done. We’re on the other side of the world. The venue is so incredible and culturally it’s so different and to be here I feel so fortunate.”
Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge walk the runway during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China.
However, the model confirmed via Instagram on november 21, 2017 that this year would be her last walking the runway for the brand.
The model hit the catwalk in two head-turning looks, one of which was very special to her because it marked a collaboration with her close friend Olivier Rousteing of Balmain.
“I have this amazing Balmain look. And I love Olivier. I’m good friends with him. I was very happy when I heard Balmain and Victoria’s Secret were doing a collaboration,” she shared. “I’m wearing this amazing punk rock lingerie look. Then I have a gorgeous outfit, very colorful for my second look.”Models Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge walk the runway during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show In Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 20, 2017 in Shanghai, China.
Alongside Ambrosio, 22 models hit the catwalk in the Punk Angel section of the show, marking the biggest section in VS fashion show history.
Ambrosio made her Victoria’s Secret Runway debut in 2001 at the age of 20. In 2010, she wore the $2.5 million fantasy bra in 2012 and then again in 2014 alongside Adriana Lima. She also wore 30-pound wings (while pregnant!) in 2011.
“Being on the Victoria’s Secret Runway makes me feel like a real Angel,” she shared.
So how will the Brazilian Bombshell be celebrating after the end of what could be her last show? Spending time with family (she brought along her 9-year-old daughter — who she called her “favorite angel” on Instagram — to Shanghai!) and eating a big meal, of course.
“I’m dying to eat everything. Everything. Whatever comes to me,” she quipped. “And I’m so excited for Thanksgiving this week!”
Miranda Kerr rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Kerr was the first Australian Victoria’s Secret model and also represented the Australian department store chain David Jones. Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics, and has written a self-help book.
Dust off the runway: America’s Next Top Model will be back for Cycle 24, with returning host Tyra Banks, on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 8/7c on VH1.
The new season — which has no contestant age limit, for the first time in the show’s history — will feature guest appearances from former judge Nigel Barker and Season 3 winner Eva Marcille, as well as a crossover with RuPaul’s Drag Race fan faves Valentina, Katya and Manila.
Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova is also philanthropist and occasional film actress.
Height: 5 ft 9¼ in or 176 cm
Age: 36 years and 10 months
Eye color: Blue
Hair Color Light Brown
Measurements: 34-24-34 in or 86.5-61-86.5 cm
Bra Size: 34B
Nick Name Supernova
Sun Sign Pisces
Father – Unknown
Mother – Larisa Vodianova
Siblings – Kristina (Half-Sister), Oksana (Half-Sister)
The talent agencies who manages Natalia –
Viva Models – Paris
Why Not Model Agency – Milan
MY Model Management
DNA Model Management (Mother Agency)
Vodianova has been endorsed by many brands like Anna Molinari, Calvin Klein, Chanel , Choice by Calvin Klein Underwear, Calvin Klein ‘Euphoria’ fragrance, Compagnia Italiana, David Yurman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Etam, Etam lingerie, Forum, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Guerlain, Hugo Boss Black, Jacob & Co., Jacques Dessange, Jigsaw, La Sposa, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Miss Sixty, Moschino, Nina Ricci, Nina Ricci accessories, Pepe Jeans, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Portrait, Rimmel, Roccobarocco, Stella McCartney, Stuart Weitzman, Swish jeans, Versace, Versus, YSL, Yves Saint Laurent.
She has walked through the runway and advertised for these brands.
She is well known for her rags to riches life story and for her eight-season, seven-figure contract with Calvin Klein.
In 2012, she came in third on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $8.6 million in one year.
Natalia Vodianova is currently ranked by models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry.
Vodianova is founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organisation.
In 2015, Vodianova launched the digital app “Elbi”, which allows people to donate money with a “Love Button,” create content, send messages, and vote for Charitable purposes.
In 2017, Vodianova invested in the start-up app Flo Period Tracker, which helps with tracking fertility and contraception, and boasts of 10 million users.
Born in Gorky, Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Vodianova grew up in a poor district of the city (Avtozavod) with her mother, and two half-sisters Kristina and Oksana, one of whom has cerebral palsy. As a teenager, Vodianova helped her 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 Vodianova’s father walked out on the family when she was a toddler, and she did not have any further contact with him until after she had become famous.
At the age of 15, Vodianova enrolled in a modelling agency.
By the age of 17, she had moved to Paris, and signed with Viva Models.
Natalia Vodianova has achieved success as a runway, editorial, and advertising campaign model. She has walked in more than 200 runway shows for American and European based designers’ ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, and has completed advertising campaigns for Guerlain, Givenchy, Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Nina Ricci, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oréal, H&M, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Diane von Fürstenberg, Hugo Boss, Miss Sixty, Stuart Weitzman, Etam and others.
She has worked with all the prolific fashion photographers such as Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Paolo Roversi, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Alasdair McLellan, David Sims, Juergen Teller, Helmut Newton, Bruno Aveillan, Hedi Slimane, Ellen von Unwerth, Terry Richardson, Mariano Vivanco, Sølve Sundsbø, Steven Klein and Karl Lagerfeld.
Nataliaq Vodianova has also appeared on the covers of major international magazines including Vanity Fair; American, British, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Australian, Spanish, German, Indian, Turkish, Japanese, Greek, South Korean and Portuguese Vogue; W; Numéro; i-D; Marie Claire; GQ; Elle; Allure; Glamour; Pop; Love; Cosmopolitan; Harper’s Bazaar; L’Officiel; Grazia; Esquire; Tatler; Hello!, Porter and Interview.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vodianova made her first appearance on the cover of American Vogue in the September 2004 edition alongside Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy as one of the “Models of the Moment”. She then appeared as the solo cover subject of the July 2007 edition of the magazine.
During this time period, other covers of American Vogue have all featured non-model celebrities with only three other exceptions—Linda Evangelista, Liya Kebede and Bündchen.
In May 2009, Vodianova was again featured on the cover of American Vogue as one of the “Model Faces of the Moment”. As of 2014, Vodianova has appeared on the cover of British Vogue ten times; the first was the September 2003 issue.
As of December 2015, she has appeared on a total of 70 international Vogue covers.
In Spring 2009, Vodianova entered a three-year agreement to be a brand ambassador for the French lingerie company Etam and will design a lingerie collection each season during the term of the agreement. The collections will be marketed under the brand Natalia pour Etam. Vodianova has a contract with Guerlain, a French perfume house and cosmetics line, which was acquired in 1994 by the LVMH group, a multinational investment corporation specializing in luxury brands. She is also a regular campaign and poster model for Stella McCartney.
In 2014, Vodianova appeared on the cover of the September isuue of Vanity Fair shot by photographer Mario Testino. She was one of fifty models on the September 2014 cover of Italian Vogue, the magazine’s fiftieth anniversary issue. She has also appeared on a solo cover for French Vogue in the September issue, her sixth cover for the magazine. In the November issue, Vodianova graced of the cover of American Vogue shot by Annie Leibovitz; this was her fourth American Vogue cover and second solo American Vogue cover since her appearance in July 2007.
In 2015, Vodianova was photographed by Steven Meisel for the 2015 Pirelli Calendar; this was her fourth appearance in Pirelli since 2003. She returned as the face of Calvin Klein’s Euphoria fragrance shot by Inez and Vinoodh, ten years since her first exclusive contract with Calvin Klein. Vice President of Calvin Klein Fragrances, Coty Inc, Friedemann Schmid, commenting on her return to the brand, said “Natalia Vodianova truly embodies the sensual glamour and sophistication of the Euphoria woman”.
Natalia Vodianova returned for the Stella McCartney campaign for the spring/summer 2015 and fall/winter 2015 collections. She ranked No. 5 on the 2015 Forbes list of highest earning models, earning an estimated $7 million.
In 2016, Vodianova was selected and photographed by Annie Leibovitz as part of the 43rd Pirelli Calendar, which celebrated some of the world’s most inspiring women, such as Tavi Gevinson, Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Yoko Ono, Fran Lebowitz, Patti Smith, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund and Shirin Neshat.
This was her fifth appearance in Pirelli. She also fronted Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy 2016 Spring/Summer campaign along with Tisci’s longtime muse Mariacarla Boscono. Other veteran models in the campaign included Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Gemma Ward, Iselin Steiro, Candice Swanepoel.
This was Vodianova’s fourth appearance in Tisci’s Givenchy campaigns. Shot by Steven Meisel, she became the campaign model for Prada’s spring/summer 2016 collection along with their comeback muse Sasha Pivovarova and Dutch newcomer Yasmin Wijnaldum.
Natalia Vodianova appeared in her ninth ad campaign for Stella McCartney in their spring/summer 2016 collection together with Boscono.
She also returned as the campaign model for Italian denim wear brand Miss Sixty. In October 2016, she appeared in her second campaign ad for David Yurman, which was shot by Bruce Weber for the fall/winter 2016 campaign.
In 2017, Vodianova was again in the Campaign Ad for David Yurman along with model Taylor Marie Hill for the spring/summer collection. Vodianova was also tapped by H&M for their Conscious Exclusive collection, their conscious line uses recycled and organic materials to create more sustainable fashion looks and synthetics.
Vodianova appeared in her 5th cover for W Magazine in their June/July 2017 Cover, the Issue and articles were dedicated to Vodianova lensed by photographer Steven Meisel.
Natalia Vodianova was ranked 14th in British television channel Five’s 2005 television programme World’s Greatest Supermodel.
Forbes magazine estimates she earned US$4.5 million between August 2006 and July 2007, US$4.8 million between May 2007 and April 2008 and US$5.5 million between June 2008 and June 2009, making her the seventh highest earning model worldwide during all three time periods.
In 2010, she was named in Tatler’s top 10 best-dressed list.
In 2001, Vodianova made a brief appearance in Roman Coppola’s film CQ with Billy Zane.
In 2010, she portrayed Medusa in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. In October 2010, she landed her first leading acting role in a film adaptation of Albert Cohen’s 1968 novel Belle du Seigneur, directed by Glenio Bonder and co-starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, which was released in 2013.
In May 2009, Vodianova co-hosted the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.
On 12 December 2009, she was designated an ambassador of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2010, she appeared at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver.
Vodianova is a founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that strives to provide a safe environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia and to help support families raising children with disabilities.
She was inspired to found the charity after the Beslan tragedy. Her idea was to distract children who survived with play from their psychological trauma. The organisation built its first play park in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod. It has since built nearly 90 more including one in Beslan.
The main fundraising event of the Naked Heart Foundation is the Love Ball. The first Love Ball was organized by Vodianova in Moscow in 2008, and the next two took place in London (2010) and in Paris (2011). In 2013, Vodianova will organise the Love Ball in Monte-Carlo under the high patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Charlene, Princess of Monaco.
Vodianova also lends her support to a number of philanthropic causes, such as the Bugaboo RED campaign, an initiative to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.
That same year, Vodianova became an ambassador for Hear the World, a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of hearing loss.
She is also a spokesperson 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 is 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.”
Launch of Elbi app
In 2015, Vodianova teamed up with Eugenia Makhlin, who has worked for tech sector in Google, Facebook, and AOL. They created The Elbi app, which was also launched on the App Store, it allows people to donate money with a “Love Button,” create content, send messages, and vote. The app currently allows users to donate to a number of charities including Save the Children International, Walkabout Foundation, Blue Skye Thinking, and several others. The name stands for “Little Big” (LB), and the philosophy behind it is that you can make a big difference through little actions.
On Vodianova words: “Elbi is a platform that brings the power of social and digital worlds to charities and connects them with people around the world. With Elbi you can do small actions that make a big difference. That is what Elbi stands for — little actions that can make a big difference. “Little actions can make a big difference. So often these stories are lost. Now all of us can take action straight from our phones and make a difference all over the world.”
The app has been supported by notable leaders in technology and philanthropy including internet safety and security minister Joanna Shields, Bebo cofounder Michael Birch, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Huffington Post cofounder Arianna Huffington, Mind Candy founder Michael Acton Smith, designer Diane von Furstenberg, co-founder of Lastminute.com and Made.com Brent Hoberman, as well as the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, Chris Meledandri.
In November 2010, Harper’s Bazaar awarded Vodianova with the Inspiration of the Year Award, given in recognition of her philanthropic efforts.
In April 2013, she was honored with the Inspiration Award at the fourth annual DVF Awards. The award is given to women “who have demonstrated leadership, strength and courage in the face of adversity, and who use their influence to effect positive change.”
The same year, she was also the recipient of Harper’s Bazaar’s Philanthropist of the Year Award.
On 10 November 2014, Vodianova was one of the honored 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year for her contribution and philanthropy as The Voice for Children.
The ceremony was held at Carnegie Hall, with Arianna Huffington presenting the award to Vodianova.
On July 2016, During her annual Love Ball, Vodianova was tapped by Mattel as their prototype for the launching of the first Russian Barbie.
Natalia Vodianova has close associations and friends in the fashion industry including top model friend Mariacarla Boscono, Karlie Kloss and Eva Herzigová, respected and well known photographers such as Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Patrick Demarchelier, top fashion designers Riccardo Tisci, Valentino Garavani, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Fürstenberg, David Koma, Christian Louboutin, Ulyana Sergeenko, Tom Ford, Editor-in-Chief of Net-a-Porter fashion magazine Lucy Yeomans, fashion creative director and icons Grace Coddington, Carine Roitfeld, and editor-in-chief of US Vogue Anna Wintour.
Vodianova met Justin Portman (b. 1969), half-brother of the 10th Viscount Portman and son of Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, a British property heir, former artist and chess organizer at a Paris dinner in 2001. They married in November 2001 when she was 8 months pregnant. In September 2002, over nine months after registering the marriage in the UK, they had a wedding ceremony in St. Petersburg, where Vodianova wore a dress designed by Tom Ford.
The couple has three children: son Lucas Alexander (born 22 December 2001), daughter Neva (born 24 March 2006), and son Viktor (born 13 September 2007). Viktor is named after Vodianova’s late grandfather, who had helped raise her after her father’s departure, and Neva is named after the Russian river of the same name.
Natalia Vodianova and Portman announced their separation in June 2011.
Soon following her separation from Portman, Vodianova began a relationship with Antoine Arnault, son of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault and the CEO of luxury brand Berluti.
The couple’s first son, Maxim, was born on 2 May 2014.
She welcomed her 5th child and her second son with partner Antoine Arnault, named Roman on 4 June 2016.
Best Known For
Runway, Editorial and Advertising Campaign Model
2001 film, written and directed by Roman Coppola, CQ. Vodianova appeared briefly in this movie with Billy Zane.
In 2010, she appeared in the remake of Clash of the Titans, portraying the role as Medusa.
Again, in October 2010, she got a leading role in the film adaptation of Albert Cohen’s 1968 novel Belle du Seigneur.
First TV Show
Her debut television appearance was Ready to Wear – Spring / Summer 2001 fashion show where she walked the ramp for Dice Kayek.
Natalia Vodianova Facts
She belongs to a poor family.
Natalia’s father left them, when she was a toddler.
As a teenager (when she was 11), she had sold fruits with her mother on the streets to make ends meet.
She had grown up with her 2 half sisters, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
When she was 15, she enrolled herself in a modeling academy.
At 17, she moved to France in Paris and signed with Viva Models.
Till the end of 2012, she had already walked in 175 runway shows for U.S. and European based designers.
She lived in England from 2001 to 2012.
In 2012, she took the 3rd position on Forbes Top Earning Models list with estimated earnings of $8.6 million in the previous year.
In 2010, she was named in Tatler’s Top 10 Best Dressed list.
She had appeared in 2003, 2005 and 2006 Pirelli calendar.
She is the founder and President of Naked Heart Foundation.
On 12 December, 2009, she was made the ambassador of Russia’s first Winter Games.
She has also co-hosted the semi-finals of Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in May, 2009.
Her favorite body part is ears.
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She says that she does not train but runs a marathon once a year. So there is not much in her exercise or workout routine. And regarding her diet, she responds –
“I RESPECT MY BODY. MY BODY IS MY TEMPLE. IF I EAT LIKE A PIG, I FEEL LIKE A PIG.”
Also, this Russian model had some minor problems like ulcers in stomach in the past. But, now she has started looking into her dietary habits and have switched to Blood Type Diet created by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. According to this, she is required to eat based on her blood group.