Natalia Sergeevna Polevshchikova known professionally as Natasha Poly, is a Russian fashion model. Since 2004, Poly has appeared in prominent high-fashion advertisement campaigns, magazine covers and on runways. Poly established herself as one of the most “in-demand models” of the mid and late 2000s, with Vogue Paris declaring her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Years active: 2000-present
Born: July 12, 1985, 38 years old and 7 months, Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Sun Sign: Cancer
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 10 in / 178 cm
Measurements: 33-24-34 in / 85-61-87 cm
Bra size: 33A US / 75AA EU
Natasha started appearing in the local modeling contests, when she was in high school at the age of 15 (in 2000).
Early life and career beginnings
Poly was discovered in Perm by Mauro Palmentieri and invited to Moscow to participate in the Russian model search competition “New Model Today”, where she took the second prize. She made her runway debut with Why Not Model Agency after walking for Emanuel Ungaro in 2004. The year would prove to be her breakout year; she walked in 54 fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York City, and modelled for the cover of Vogue Paris twice consecutively.
Poly was one of the faces to headline one of the fourteen covers of V magazine’s September 2008 issue. Each cover featured a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading models (Agyness Deyn, Lara Stone, Anja Rubik, Daria Werbowy, Masha Novoselova.) or the supermodel era (Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova), it was lensed by duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Poly was placed 1st on Fashion Television’s First Face countdown three times consecutively (Spring 2008, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009). She was also placed 7th (Spring 2007), 4th (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010) and 5th (Fall 2010). First Face countdown displays the models with the most number of shows opened during a season.
Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Poly was part of the Versace Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign, alongside Gigi Hadid and Raquel Zimmermann, shot by Steven Klein. She also appeared in a commercial for Mercedes-Benz, captured by Jeff Mark, entitled ‘Obsession with an Icon’, Natasha fronted in a blue latex clad to the Mercedes-Benz SL car. She also became the face for Kurt Geiger‘s Fall/Winter 2016 Campaign.
Poly is featured in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.
She also featured in the 2012 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Mario Sorrenti.
In 2012, Poly signed a contract with L’Oreal Paris and is one of the Beauty Ambassadors for the brand.
In 2017, Poly became one of the front faces and muse in Olivier Rousteing Balmain for the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2017 Campaign.
Poly also returned for Dsquared2 in their campaign for F/W 17 co starring other models such as Joan Smalls and Sasha Pivovarova.
She became David Koma muse for Thierry Mugler Fall/Winter 2017 Campaign.
She is considered one of the New Supers by Models magazine and has been featured on 56 different Vogue covers as of November 2017.
Poly married Dutch businessman Peter Bakker on 16 April 2011 in Saint-Tropez.
On 13 May 2013 Poly gave birth to a daughter named Aleksandra Christina.
In April 2019, she gave birth to a son named Adrian Grey.
First Album Appearance
She has not appeared in the music videos for any of the singers/ bands.
Poly has not done any films.
First TV Show
Her debut TV show was a fashion show Ready to wear – Spring / Summer 2004 in which she walked for Emanuel Ungaro, Y, Yuki Torii.
She began modeling in the 2000 millennium.
At that time, she was placed second in a modeling contest (Model Search Competition) held at Moscow.
She had shortened her name to Natasha Poly as it was difficult to pronounce her name Natalya Polevshchikova.
She appeared in the 2010 French Vogue Calendar.
She can also be seen in the 2011 and 2012 version of Pirelli calendar.
She walked the runway for the first time in 2004, walking for Emanuel Ungaro.
In 2012, she signed a contract with L’Oreal Paris and is their beauty ambassador.
In 2005 and 2006, the supermodel appeared in Victoria Secret fashion show.
In 2006 VS fashion show, she stumbled and dropped her shoe at the runway.
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