Natalia Vodianova: Fashion design was a challenge
Natalia Vodianova was petrified when she first agreed to design a collection, because she knew it would be so challenging.
The Russian model made her name strutting the runway for the biggest brands in the business, such as Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.
She has now turned her hand to design, and unveiled her latest lingerie collection for Etam in Paris earlier this week. It was a star-studded affair with Beth Ditto, Boy George and The Kills in attendance, and made Natalia realise how far she has come.
“It's another opportunity for me to express myself. When I was approached to design, it was a strange, scary moment, because to say yes was a challenge,” she explained to fashionweekdaily.com. “Being a model can be quite one-dimensional, but here I am, with another dimension to me. And that’s a brave thing to do. I had some expectations from this collaboration, but what’s come out of it was much more than I expected - I absolutely loved every moment of it.”
The 28-year-old has praised Etam for helping her, explaining they have been instrumental in making her realise her dream. Before she started work with them she had no idea of the work involved in designing, and is proud of how far she has come.
When she isn’t working, Natalia devotes much of her time to charity. She describes helping people as an addiction, explaining nothing else comes close to how good it makes her feel.