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Natalia Mikhailovna Vodianova (Russian: Ната́лья Миха́йловна Водяно́ва (pronounced by her Водя́нова); pronounced [nɐˈtalʲjə mʲɪˈxajɫəvnə vədʲɪˈnovə]), nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker.
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. Vodianova is currently ranked by models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry.
Vodianova is the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organisation committed to helping children with special needs and their families. In 2015, Vodianova launched “Elbi”: a disruptive digital platform that aims to bring philanthropy in the daily life of people through micro-donations.
In 2010, Natalia was awarded by Harper’s Bazaar as Inspiration of the Year, in 2014 Glamour recognised her as Woman of the Year and The Voice for Children award. In 2016 Mattel created the first Russian Barbie under her name. She received Vogue India’s Women of The Year awards 2017.
Vodianova is a mother of 5. She is also a member of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors, the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5.7 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.