Russian model, actress, philanthropist and social media evangelist who resided in England from 2001 until 2012, and currently lives in Paris. In 2012, she came in 3rd on the Forbes top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $8.6 million in one year.
Born in Gorky, Soviet Union (now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia), Natalia Vodianova grew up in a poor district of the city 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. 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.