Natasha Polevshchikova was born July 12, 1985, in Perm, Russia. A stunning young girl with deep-set eyes and sculpted cheekbones, it didn’t take her long to be discovered. She began modeling professionally in 2004, at the age of 19.
Despite being new to the industry, Natasha managed to appear in a staggering 54 runway shows in 2004, modeling for prominent designers such as Emanuel Ungaro, Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Gucci, and Oscar de la Renta, among many others. Her distinctive look also led to a plethora of magazine and editorial work and Natasha appeared on the covers of Australian Vogue, Russian Vogue, French Vogue, Amica, and Marie Claire later that same year.
Natasha built upon her successful start in the industry in 2005 when she appeared in over 130 shows — an astounding number for any model. Highlights included shows for blockbuster designers such as Alexander McQueen, Bill Blass, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Kenneth Cole. Natasha also strengthened her mainstream appeal in America that year by making a memorable appearance at the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
2006 was another banner year for Natasha as she continued to assert her dominance on Europe’s most celebrated catwalks. Although she lessened her load by appearing in 10 fewer shows than the year before, she increased her growing portfolio by working with leading haute couture designers like Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Valentino.
Natasha also raised her international profile by appearing in over a dozen big-budget advertisements for products such as Calvin Klein Jeans, Krizia Jeans, and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti.