Natasha Poly

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Natasha Poly
Natasha Poly in Zac Posen Spring 2009, Photo by Ed Kavishe fashionwirepress.jpg
Natasha Poly
Born Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova
(1985-07-12) July 12, 1985 (age 31)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Spouse(s) Peter Bakker (2011–present)
Children 1
Modeling information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Hair color Dark Blonde
Eye color


Manager Women Management (New York)
Models 1 (London)
Traffic Models (Barcelona)
Mega Models (Germany)
Unique Model Agency
Grace Models
My Model Management (Spain)

Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova (Russian: Наталья Серге́евна Полевщикова; born July 12, 1985), generally shortened to Natasha Poly, is a Russian fashion model..[2] Since 2004, Poly has appeared in prominent high-fashion advertisement campaigns, magazine covers and on runways. Poly established herself as one of the most "in-demand models" of the mid and late 2000's, with Vogue Paris declaring her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[3]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Poly was born on July 12, 1985 in Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union and began modeling locally in 2000. She was discovered in Perm by Mauro Palmentieri and invited to Moscow to participate in the Russian model search competition "New Model Today", where she took the second prize. She made her runway debut with Why Not Model Agency 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 Vogue Paris twice consecutively.[2]


Since 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 and Dolce & Gabbana. Poly has walked the runway for designers such as Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Miu Miu, Gucci, Prada, Versace and Victoria's Secret.

Poly 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 and Steven Meisel. 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 for Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, Blumarine, Balmain, H&M, Tse and Givenchy and opened numerous runway shows in the spring/summer 2009 season. Poly has endorsed and appeared in advertisements for fragrances including Givenchy's Ange ou Demon, Gucci by Gucci Fragrance, and Jimmy Choo Flash.

Natasha Poly for Anna Sui FW 2010.

Poly was one of the faces to grace one of the fourteen covers of V magazine's September 2008 issue. Each cover featured 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.[4] 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.[citation needed] Poly has appeared in editorials for Russian, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, and American Vogue as well as covers for Numero, I-D Magazine, V, W, Interview, MUSE and Harper's Bazaar (Russia, China, Spain, Korea, Greece).

Poly has been the number one model on Fashion Television's First Face countdown three times consecutively (Spring 2008, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009).[5] And she has been placed 7th (Spring 2007), 4th (Fall 2009 and Spring 2010) and 5th (Fall 2010).

Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[6] Poly is featured in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. She 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, alongside Gigi Hadid and Raquel Zimmermann, shot by Steven Klein. She also appeared in a commercial for Mercedes-Benz, captured by Jeff Mark, entitled '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 2016 Campaign.[7]

She is considered one of the "New Supers" by and has been featured on 52 different Vogue covers as of July 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Poly married Dutch businessman Peter Bakker on April 16, 2011 in Saint-Tropez.[8] In May 2013 Poly gave birth to a daughter named Aleksandra Christina.[9]


  1. ^ "Natasha Poly". Women Model Management. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Natasha Poly". New York. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Les 30 mannequins des années 2000". Vogue (in French). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Lim, James (10 September 2008). "Ogle 'V' Magazine's Fourteen New Cover Models". New York. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "First Face Previous Winners Plus Abbey Lee". YouTube. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Les 30 mannequins des années 2000". Vogue (in French). 18 December 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kurt Geiger Unveils Fall Campaign". WWD. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Ella (April 19, 2011). "Wedding Belle". Vogue. UK. 
  9. ^ "This Week In Pictures – Angelina Jolie Honorary Oscar & ES Theatre Awards". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 

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