Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova (Russian: Наталья Сергеевна Полевщикова), generally shortened to Natasha Poly (born July 12, 1985), is a Russian model.
Early life and career start
Poly was born on July 12, 1985 in Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union and began modeling locally in 2000. After winning a model search competition in Moscow, she made her runway debut, walking for Emanuel Ungaro in 2004. The year would prove to be her breakout year; she walked in 54 fashion shows in cities like Milan, Paris, and New York City, and graced the cover of French Vogue twice consecutively.
Since 2004, Poly has appeared in many advertisement campaigns, including Shiatzy Chen, Gucci, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Sonia Rykiel, Nine West, H&M, Printemps, Blumarine, Jil Sander, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Tse, Balmain, Neiman Marcus, Jimmy Choo, MaxMara, Alberta Ferretti, JOOP!, and Dolce & Gabbana, and has walked the runway for notable brands such as Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Gucci, Versace and Victoria's Secret. 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 2008-2009 season (Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, Blumarine, Balmain, COS, Tse, and Givenchy[original research?]) and opened numerous runway shows in the spring/summer 2009 season.
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 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 cover of Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, American, German, Australian, 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.
The fashion art magazine MUSE dedicated their fall 2009 issue to Poly and she was photographed by Sølve Sundsbø, Terry Richardson and Craig McDean. The magazine also commissioned art from Jeff Koons, Cédric Rivrain, Richard Phillips, Billy Sullivan[disambiguation needed], Marco Brambilla and Chantal Joffe.
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. Also as of 2010 ranked #2 on models.com Top 50 Women along with Freja Beha Erichsen.
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.
Poly married Dutch businessman Peter Bakker on April 16, 2011. (source : wikipedia)
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