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|Born||Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova
July 12, 1985
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Spouse(s)||Peter Bakker (2011–present)|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Hair color||Dark Blonde|
|Manager||Women Management (New York)
Models 1 (London)
Traffic Models (Barcelona)
Mega Models (Germany)
Unique Model Agency
My Model Management (Spain)
Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova (Russian: Наталья Серге́евна Полевщикова; born July 12, 1985), generally shortened to Natasha Poly, is a Russian Supermodel. Since 2004, Poly has appeared in prominent high-fashion advertisement campaigns, magazine covers and on the runways. Poly established herself as one of the most "in-demand models" of the mid and late 2000's.
Early life and career beginnings
Poly was born on July 12, 1985 in Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union and began modeling locally in 2000. She was discovered in Perm from Mauro Palmentieri and invited in Moscow to participate in the Russian model search competition "New Model Today", where she took the second prize. She made her runway debut in Why Not Model Agency and after walking for Emanuel Ungaro in 2004. The year would prove to be her breakout year; she walked in 54 fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York City, and graced the cover of French Vogue twice consecutively.
Since making her breakout year in 2004, Poly has appeared in many advertisement campaigns, including Gucci, Prada, Versace, Lanvin, Calvin Klein Jeans, Givenchy, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Balmain, Dsquared2, Sonia Rykiel, Nine West, Proenza Schouler, H&M, Printemps, Blumarine, Kurt Geiger, Jil Sander, Nina Ricci, Isabel Marant, Missoni, Neiman Marcus, L'Oreal Paris, Jimmy Choo, MaxMara, Alberta Ferretti, JOOP!, PHI, Juicy Couture, La Perla, FRAME Denim, Versace Sports Line, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and others and has walked the runway for notable brands such as Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Miu Miu, Gucci, Prada, Versace, Victoria's Secret and many other blue chip fashion labels.
Natasha has been photographed by fashion photographers such as Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Mert and Marcus, Steven Klein, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, David Sims, Inez and Vinoodh, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Hans Feurer, Terry Richardson, Norman Jean Roy, Camilla Akrans, Alasdair McLellan, Ellen Von Unwerth, Emma Summerton, Josh Olins, Mikael Jansson, Daniel Jackson, Tom Munro, Willy Vanderperre, Michael Thompson, Luigi and Iango, Sølve Sundsbø, Giampaolo Sgura, Richard Bush, Victor Demarchelier, Cuneyt Akeroglu. The fashion art magazine MUSE dedicated their fall 2009 issue to Poly and she was photographed by Sølve Sundsbø, Terry Richardson and Craig McDean.
Poly has walked for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show twice, in 2005 and 2006. In 2008 alone, she appeared in seven advertisement campaigns through the fall/winter 2008–09 season (Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, Blumarine, Balmain, COS, Tse, and Givenchy and opened numerous runway shows in the spring/summer 2009 season. She had endorsed and advertised frangrances for Givenchy's Ange ou Demon Fragrance Contract, Gucci by Gucci Fragrance, and Jimmy Choo's Flash Fragrance.
Poly was one of the faces to land in one of the fourteen covers of V magazine September 2008 issue. Each cover boasts a head shot of a famous model, either from the new crop of leading models (Agyness Deyn, Lara Stone, Anja Rubik, Daria Werbowy, Masha Novoselova etc.) or the supermodel era (Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova), it was lensed by duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In July 2008, Russian Vogue dedicated the issue to Poly and in August 2008, March 2009 she appeared on the cover of the same magazine. Also she was touted by American Vogue in 2009 as one of the faces of the moment. She has also appeared on the covers of Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, American, German, Australian, Italian and French Vogue. Poly has appeared in editorials for Russian, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, and American Vogue, Numero, I-D Magazine, V, W, Interview, and MUSE.
Poly has been the number one model on Fashion Television's First Face countdown three times consecutively (Spring 2008, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009). And she has been placed 7th (Spring 2007), 4th (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010) and 5th (Fall 2010).
She is signed with Women Management in New York, Paris, and Milan; Select Model Management in London; Mega Model Agency in Hamburg; and Traffic Models in Barcelona. Poly is ranked as one of the new supers on models.com list. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Poly is featured in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. She is also featured in the 2012 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Mario Sorrenti. In 2012, Poly signed a contract with L'Oreal Paris and is one of the Beauty Ambassadors for the brand.
Poly was part of the Versace Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign (with Gigi Hadid and Raquel Zimmermann) shot by photographer Steven Klein. She also appeared in the commercial ad for Mercedes-Benz captured by Jeff Mark called 'Obsession with an Icon’, Natasha fronted in a blue latex clad to the Mercedes-Benz SL car. She also became the face for Kurt Geiger's Fall/Winter 16 Campaign.
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