Natalia Vodianova was born February 28, 1982 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod) in the family Larisa Vodianova Vodianova and Michael. There are two younger sisters – Oksana (disabled since childhood, was born with a severe form of autism and cerebral palsy) and Christine (b. 1997).
Whe she was 16 years old she was enrolled in a modeling agency Chkalovoy Eugene “Eugene” (Nizhny Novgorod), where she was advised to learn English. On one of the display Natalia noticed scout agency Viva Model Management and immediately offered her a job in Paris. After several months, she went to the French capital.