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Russian Model Natalia Vodianova is More Than Just a Pretty Face

15. January 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Wealthy and glamorous though she might be, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova is more than just another gorgeous face. The 27-year-old model is dedicated to giving back to the people of Russia through the work of her charity, the Naked Heart Foundation, an organization that builds children’s playgrounds in the poorest areas of Russia.

Vodianova set up the Foundation in 2005 in response to the Beslan school tragedy. Her goal was to build playgrounds so that Russian children could forget their troubles and enjoy their childhood, if only for a few minutes. Vodianova got to work soon after the Beslan event and the determined model single-handedly organized a star-studded charity event which raised $350,000 for the cause.

Though Vodianova intended to open the first playground in Beslan, the massive response to the tragic school siege prevented her from doing so. She instead opened a play area in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, formerly known as Gorky. The Naked Heart Foundation has since opened 39 playgrounds in 30 Russian cities, including Beslan, with the ultimate goal of providing 500 play areas. 

The Naked Heart Foundation has relied on a series of glamorous fundraising events to raise money. Vodianova organized a Love Ball in Moscow last year (an event that raised $6 million) and Harper’s Bazaar will co-host a similar ball in London in February. Another Moscow Love Ball is scheduled in April. Interested parties can purchase tickets on Naked Heart's website.

For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.nakedheart.org.

Source: The Daily Telegraph