Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Powers of Persuasion

The fashion industry's love affair with supermodels continues with Paris Vogue's elegantly understated March 2012 cover featuring the age-defying Natalia Vodianova. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for the magazine's cover and accompanying editorial feature, Vodianova is quite simply one of the most beautiful faces in modeling, thanks to her wide-eyed, cherubic features and pretty baby pout. Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Vodianova came from humble beginnings, supporting her mother and siblings by selling fruit by the roadside. At age fifteen, Vodianova enrolled in a modeling academy and two years later moved to Paris where she was signed by Viva Models.

Vodianova's resolve and drive to provide a better life for her family was such that by 2002, she had established herself as one of the most prominent faces of the new generation of top models, landing on the covers of Vogue Italia, W Magazine, and i-D, and appearing in blue chip campaigns for Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Over a decade later, Vodianova continues to model selectively, most recently opening for Stella McCartney at the Fall/Winter 2012 collections and as the face for Guerlain cosmetics and Calvin Klein Euphoria fragrances. In spite of her many career highlights, it is perhaps Vodianova's philanthropic efforts through the Naked Heart Foundation which she founded in 2006, with the goal to provide safe play environments for children in her native Russia, which provides her with the most personal fulfillment.

The Persuasive Natalia Vodianova
Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Vogue Paris - March 2012
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

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