Natalia Vodianova Has a Girl Crush on Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman"
Supermodel Natalia Vodianova opens up about how she got her start modeling, what it's like to do a photoshoot with a piglet, and more in a video screen test with W's Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.
Released on 5/22/2017
My name is Natalia.
And where were you born? Vodianova.
I was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
When I started modeling, I was almost 18.
I really had no idea you could actually make business
out of modeling, but I actually paid
to be in a modeling school
and to do this sort of housemade, homemade fashion shows,
told how to do my makeup
and walk on the imaginary podium
and also how to read poetry.
Was really nothing what I faced
when I actually became a model.
My first actually big photographer was Juergen Teller
who photographed me. Really!
For Marc Jacobs campaign when I was eight-months pregnant.
Yes, I was 18, I was eight-months pregnant
and he photographed me on the field in a crop top
in a cropped shorts and obviously I looked like
a pregnant 13-years old and that's what turned him on!
I remember when my son was born, I didn't sleep for two days
I was so excited, and I had this energy.
Even if I gave completely natural birth
with no epidural, just as natural as a mother
would do in 18th century and that was really divine,
truly magical and I did it again
and, and (laughing) now I have five kids!
I did some incredible, mind-blowingly beautiful,
special big shoots.
I wouldn't say that I did anything crazy.
Well, I looked after piglets (laughing)
in one of my shoots.
I loved that piglet, I really wanted to keep him.
He was so scared and I guess that that compassion
that I have for children and my motherly instincts
were all at work when I calmed that little piglet down
and he suddenly fell asleep in my arms.
I worked with little lambs. (chuckles)
I worked with of course puppies and lots of kittens.
Trying to think if I ever worked with snakes.
I don't think so, no, I worked with swans, with geese.
Swans are not nice.
My first kiss, I think was in a staircase
in underneath my apartment.
Yes, was a cute cute boy.
I wasn't sure if I really liked him.
He was really persistent! (laughing)
He was cute, definitely, very very cute,
but he was naughty.
I wasn't into naughty boys, I was more into good boys
but he was really just always there
and after awhile of pursuing me and being very charming
and bringing me a lot of movies and making me laugh a lot,
I finally gave up and we kissed and it wasn't too bad!
(laughing) I liked it.
I had a girl crush on Julia Roberts.
Pretty Woman, one of the first American movies
that I saw and she was just so beautiful.
And I remember meeting her in L.A.
and just seeing how even more beautiful
she is in real life.
No, I think I still have a crush on her.
My first castings were all about high heels.
A lot of girls arrive to the business
and they don't even know how to wear heels.
For me, I wore heels since I was 13.
I was this girl. (laughing)
High heels, short skirts. How high?
Lots of makeup, I loved it and very very high.
10 centimeters at least, but normally 12.
I loved walking into the room and being there,
(laughing) very very present.
I did not speak English, I did not speak French,
and I lived in Paris.
I had to stand out.
I couldn't afford sort of spectacular clothes
so for me it was all about being as tall as you can be,
as present as you can be and with the biggest smile
and as happy to be there as you can be, so that was me.
It seemed to work, yes. (laughing)