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

Transcript

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My name is Natalia.
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And where were you born? Vodianova.
00:08
(laughing)
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I was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
00:13
When I started modeling, I was almost 18.
00:17
I really had no idea you could actually make business
00:21
out of modeling, but I actually paid
00:24
to be in a modeling school
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and to do this sort of housemade, homemade fashion shows,
00:31
told how to do my makeup
00:33
and walk on the imaginary podium
00:37
and also how to read poetry.
00:40
Was really nothing what I faced
00:42
when I actually became a model.
00:44
My first actually big photographer was Juergen Teller
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who photographed me. Really!
00:48
For Marc Jacobs campaign when I was eight-months pregnant.
00:53
Yes, I was 18, I was eight-months pregnant
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and he photographed me on the field in a crop top
01:02
in a cropped shorts and obviously I looked like
01:05
a pregnant 13-years old and that's what turned him on!
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(laughs)
01:11
I remember when my son was born, I didn't sleep for two days
01:15
I was so excited, and I had this energy.
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Even if I gave completely natural birth
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with no epidural, just as natural as a mother
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would do in 18th century and that was really divine,
01:31
truly magical and I did it again
01:35
and, and (laughing) now I have five kids!
01:40
I did some incredible, mind-blowingly beautiful,
01:46
special big shoots.
01:49
I wouldn't say that I did anything crazy.
01:52
Well, I looked after piglets (laughing)
01:56
in one of my shoots.
01:58
I loved that piglet, I really wanted to keep him.
02:01
He was so scared and I guess that that compassion
02:04
that I have for children and my motherly instincts
02:09
were all at work when I calmed that little piglet down
02:13
and he suddenly fell asleep in my arms.
02:16
I worked with little lambs. (chuckles)
02:20
I worked with of course puppies and lots of kittens.
02:24
Trying to think if I ever worked with snakes.
02:28
I don't think so, no, I worked with swans, with geese.
02:33
Swans are not nice.
02:35
My first kiss, I think was in a staircase
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in underneath my apartment.
02:41
Yes, was a cute cute boy.
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I wasn't sure if I really liked him.
02:47
He was really persistent! (laughing)
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He was cute, definitely, very very cute,
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but he was naughty.
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I wasn't into naughty boys, I was more into good boys
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but he was really just always there
03:02
and after awhile of pursuing me and being very charming
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and bringing me a lot of movies and making me laugh a lot,
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I finally gave up and we kissed and it wasn't too bad!
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(laughing) I liked it.
03:18
I had a girl crush on Julia Roberts.
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Pretty Woman, one of the first American movies
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that I saw and she was just so beautiful.
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And I remember meeting her in L.A.
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and just seeing how even more beautiful
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she is in real life.
03:35
No, I think I still have a crush on her.
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My first castings were all about high heels.
03:41
A lot of girls arrive to the business
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and they don't even know how to wear heels.
03:45
For me, I wore heels since I was 13.
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I was this girl. (laughing)
03:50
High heels, short skirts. How high?
03:53
Lots of makeup, I loved it and very very high.
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10 centimeters at least, but normally 12.
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I loved walking into the room and being there,
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(laughing) very very present.
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I did not speak English, I did not speak French,
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and I lived in Paris.
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I had to stand out.
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I couldn't afford sort of spectacular clothes
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so for me it was all about being as tall as you can be,
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as present as you can be and with the biggest smile
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and as happy to be there as you can be, so that was me.
04:28
It seemed to work, yes. (laughing)