Some models have graced the covers of globally famous magazines, while others have walked the runways of the most luxurious brands in the world. Yet, there are a few models who excelled in both runway and print work, and managed to make a mark in one of the most fickle and difficult industries. With careers spanning over a decade and more, these ladies made an undeniable mark in fashion history and earned themselves more than enough money to match their success.
Declared to be one of the top 30 models of 2000s by Vogue Paris, Natasha Poly, born Natasha Sergeevna Polevshchikova appeared in advertising campaigns for some of the world’s largest fashion brands, such as Gucci, Versace, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy and many more. Born in 1985. in Perm, then Soviet Union, Poly started her modeling career at the tender age of 15. After being scouted in Perm, she was invited to take part in a modeling contest in Moscow. Despite not winning, but coming second, Poly had one of the most successful first seasons in modeling history, walking 54 fashion shows in Paris, New York and Milan in 2004. Walking Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2005, Natasha successfully diversified her high fashion work with commercial modeling work.
Best known today for the iconic Wonderbra ad, Eva Herzigova began her modeling career in 1989. Born in Litvinov, then Czechoslovakia, Eva began her career after winning a modeling contest held in Prague at the age of 16. However, her path to fame and success came 5 years later, after famed advertising expert Trebor Beattie developed a groundbreaking concept for the new Wonderbra commercial. Voted in many polls as one of the most iconic and controversial ads, it can even be seen at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. However, when it first came out, ad sparked polarizing reactions, with some even saying it was demeaning towards women and overtly sexual. Yet, Herzigova’s career was going from strength to strength, as she continued to model for Guess?, Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Emilio Pucci and many others. Eva married Tico Torres, drummer from the band Bon Jovi, but divorced him in 1998, only two years into marriage. After more than a decade, Eva became engaged again to an Italian businessman Gregorio Marsiaj, with whom she has three sons. Focused mostly on her family and other ventures, Herzigova isn’t as active in modeling world as she used to be, however her most recent campaigns from the year 2016 include Giorgio Armani and Dior Beauty.
Known to be one of the most prolific Serbian models of the past decade, Danijela Dimitrovska has been a spokesperson for YSL, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Victoria’s Secret and many other brands. First step towards a global career for Dimitrovska was Elite Model Look Serbia competition in 2004., which she entered at the age of 16 and won. Except walking for high fashion brands, Danijela was photographed by some of the most well known fashion photographers, and posed in advertisements and campaigns alongside Giorgio Armani and Vincent Cassel. Counting the world’s highest paid model Gisele Bundchen as one of her best friends, Danijela is also on great terms with fellow Serbian model Marija Vujović. After founding a modeling agency Models Inc together in 2011., two friends took over the organisation of Elite Model Look competitions for Serbia and Montenegro. Dimitrovska married TV presenter Ognjen Amidžić in 2012., and gave birth to son Matija in 2013.
Nicknamed Supernova, Natalia Vodianova is known as the simple, peasant girl who took the fashion world by storm. Ranked to be the 3rd highest earning model in the world, Vodianova is as known for her philanthropic work as she is for her modeling career. Hailing from Nizhny Novgorod, Vodianova was born in a family of four sisters who were raised by their mother. Selling fruits on the street was a way for Natalia and her family to make a living, which is what she also did before she was scouted. Discovered at the age of 15, Natalia was promptly signed by Viva Models and sent to Paris. Walking in almost 300 shows for brands such as Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and many more earned her the reputation of the most successful model of the first decade of 2000s. Yet her biggest achievements weren’t the fashion shows she walked in, but rather advertising campaigns and photoshoots. Vodianova has appeared on the covers of all globally influential fashion magazines, some of them being Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Numero, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Cosmopolitan.
Declared as one of the Top 30 models of 2000s by Vogue Paris, Magdalena worked with some of the most prominent brands and photographers in the industry, such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Prada, Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta. Hailing from Gdansk, Magdalena started her career after her mother sent her photographs to a modeling contest, which she eventually won. Soon after, she was gracing the covers of Italian, Russian and Japanese Vogue, as well as walking in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. Favorite of Karl Lagerfeld, she was frequently photographed by him and even starred in his fashion film. Except for her work in modeling, Magdalena is known as a jewelry designer, which she made official by starting a brand in 2015 named Magdalena Frąckowiak.