#LoveNews: Natalia Vodianova founder of the Naked Heart Foundation

Continuing our “Mother Russia” related week we are delighted to introduce you to Russian-born celebrities concurring Europe.

Today we would like to tell you a bit more about the most inspiring story of

Natalia Vodianova

born 28 February 1982, nicknamed Supernova, is a Russian model, philanthropist, and occasional film actress. 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. Vodianova is currently ranked by models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry.

More inspiring for LoveStoryPeople is her true love to children.

Vodianova is the founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization. In 2015, Vodianova launched the digital app “Elbi”, which allows people to donate money with a “Love Button” create content, send messages, and vote for Charitable purposes.

What can be more heartbreaking and in the same time motivating then giving love to helpless children and their families.

Let’s take a  closer look at the Foundation.

Philanthropy

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Vodianova is a founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia and to help support families raising kids with disabilities.

She was inspired to found the charity after the Beslan tragedy. Natalia’s idea was to distract children who survived with play from their psychological trauma. The organisation built its first play park in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod. It has since built nearly 90 more including one in Beslan.

The main fundraising event of the Naked Heart Foundation is the Love Ball. The first Love Ball Natalia organized in Moscow in 2008, the next two took place in London (2010) and in Paris (2011). In 2013 Natalia will organize the Love Ball in Monte-Carlo under the high patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Charlene, Princess of Monaco.

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Vodianova also lends her support to a number of philanthropic causes, such as the (Bugaboo)RED campaign, an initiative to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. That same year, Vodianova became an ambassador for Hear the World, a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the topic of hearing and hearing loss and to promote good hearing all over the world.

She is also a spokesperson for the Tiger Trade Campaign, an alliance of 38 organisations united under the common aim “to bring back wild tigers by stopping trade in tiger parts and products from all sources.” In an interview supporting the campaign, Vodianova said:

“I’m proud that Russia, my country, is home to the most magnicifent of animals, the wild Siberian tiger. Today it is up to us to protect the tiger and its home, fewer than 350 Siberian tigers remain in the wild and no more than 3,400 tigers survive anywhere in the world. Unless we act now we will see the extinction of the wild tiger within our lifetime.”

Vodianova was selected and photographed by Annie Leibovitz as part of the newly revamped Pirelli Calendar for 2016, which celebrated some of the world’s most inspiring women. The Pirelli pivot seems to give real substance instead of the public objectification of female sexuality.

In 2015, Vodianova teamed up with Eugenia Makhlin, who has worked for tech sector in Google, Facebook, and AOL. They created The Elbi app, which was also launched on the App Store, it allows people to donate money with a “Love Button,” create content, send messages, and vote. The app currently allows users to donate to a number of charities including Save the Children International, Walkabout Foundation, Blue Skye Thinking, and several others. The name stands for “Little Big” (LB), and the philosophy behind it is that you can make a big difference through little actions.

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On Vodianova words: “Elbi is a platform that brings the power of social and digital worlds to charities and connects them with people around the world. With Elbi you can do small actions that make a big difference. That is what Elbi stands for — little actions that can make a big difference. “Little actions can make a big difference. So often these stories are lost. Now all of us can take action straight from our phones and make a difference all over the world.”

Personal life

Vodianova met Justin Portman half-brother of the 10th Viscount Portman, a British property heir, former artist and chess organizer at a Paris dinner in 2001. They married in November 2001 when she was 8 months pregnant. In September 2002, over nine months after registering the marriage in the UK, they had a wedding ceremony in St. Petersburg. The couple has three children: son Lucas Alexander (born 22 December 2001), daughter Neva (born 24 March 2006), and son Viktor (born 13 September 2007). Viktor is named after Vodianova’s late grandfather, who had helped raise her after her father’s departure, and Neva is named after the Russian river of the same name. Vodianova and Portman announced their separation in June 2011.

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Soon following her separation from Portman, Vodianova began a relationship with Antoine Arnault, son of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault and the CEO of luxury brand Berluti. The couple’s son, Maxim, was born on 2 May 2014. She welcomed her 5th child and her second son with partner Antoine Arnault, a baby boy named Roman on 4 June 2016.

reference (“On the school run with Natalia Vodianova”. Telegraph.co.uk.)

We wish Natalia and her lovely family a lot of love and keep following her amazing charity idea.

Follow LoveStoryPeople using today’s hashtag #LoveNews and share your heartbreaking story with us?

 

 

 

 

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