(PARIS) — The term “supermodel” rings true for Natalia Vodianova, who ran a half-marathon for charity before resuming her day job as a runway model at Paris fashion week.
The mother-of-three posted a note on her Facebook page Monday with photos, “yesterday was one of those days that i imagine will stay with me forever. it was always supposed to be a busy day — running a half-marathon becoming now a yearly tradition during the paris fashion week (as if fashion week is not busy enough S).”
Vodianova ran the Paris half-marathon for the Naked Heart Foundation, a charity she founded in Russia, “to ensure that every child has a loving family, and a safe and stimulating place to play, the two things essential for a happy, fulfilling childhood.”
The model and her team raised $47,000 out of a $270,000 target for the construction of a playground in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. This will be the 100th playground the foundation has built.
Vodianova participated in the half-marathon last year, as well as carrying the torch in Russia’s Paralympics this past summer.
The model then went to walk the runway at the Givenchy fashion show, where she would model clothes designed by Riccardo Tisci. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Amanda Seyfried were some of the celebrities who attended, but Vodianova had a special guest seeing the show for the first time.
“In the beginning of that week during a casual conversation over dinner, my grandmother said to me something I could not ignore: ‘I am getting so old. I hope that one day before I die I will see one of those fashion shows you are talking about.’ I replied that of course I would love to take her. I felt huge sense of urgency as I recently lost my grandfather and a thought of waiting till the next October to complete her wish was unbearable. I remembered that Riccardo was requesting me for Givenchy. Though initially I thought that to be a crazy idea knowing I was running the same morning, now it seemed like a destiny,” she wrote.
Vodianova called Tisci to request tickets, who was touched and invited her grandmother to attend with her son, Lucas.
“So I run the marathon, did the coolest show of the week, spent some precious time with my best friend Mariacarla and most importantly saw that sparkling light of pride in my sweet babunichka’s eyes,” Vodianova wrote.
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