Russian model, actress and philanthropist 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, 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.