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    In her early youth she was starving, her peers spat at her, and now she married a rich Frenchman

    Natalia Vodianova married Antuan Arnoa

    Natalia Vodianova, a 38-year-old Russian model and one of the most beautiful women in the world, married her longtime partner, French businessman, and wealthy Antoine Arnault (Antoine Arnault, 43), in an intimate ceremony in Paris.

    The couple has been in a relationship since 2011 and the parents are two sons. The model with her first husband Justin Portman (Justin) has two more sons and a daughter.

    Natalia and Antuan were supposed to say a “fateful yes” on June 27 in the ancient abbey of northeastern France, but because of covid-19 they had to move the date. The newlyweds are expected to organize a second, larger ceremony as soon as possible.

    Vodianova grew up in a slum in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, and has two half-sisters, one of whom is a disabled person – Oksana has cerebral palsy and has been diagnosed with autism. Natalija’s father left her when she was still a baby, and they only got in touch after she became famous in the fashion world.

    As a teenager, Natalia helped her mother sell fruit on the street and later set up her own fruit stand with a friend.

    – My mother was left by my second husband because he could not cope with the illness of his own child, my sister … Very early I had to learn to cook, take care of myself, I had to grow up … I was often hungry, there were days when I ate just soup from a bag … My sister and I slept on the same bed for ten years, I wore tight shoes because we didn’t have money for new ones, but all that is nothing compared to the peer abuse I was exposed to …

    They spat at me and told me that I was dirty like my sister, that they didn’t want me near them because they would be poisoned … Even today I have a scar on my forehead, someone threw something metal at me, I remember bleeding … – she recalled Vodianova in an interview.

    At the age of 15, she enrolled in a modeling school, and at the age of 17, she went to live in Paris, where she immediately signed a contract with the “Viva Models” agency. For eight full seasons, she was the muse of the famous designer Calvin Klein, and in her rich and successful career she collaborated with “Guerlain”, “Givenchy”, “Prada”, “Chanel”, “Gucci” …

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