Natalia Vodianova Credits Motherhood for Perspective

05/06/2009 at 08:00 AM ET

There was a time when 7-year-old Lucas Alexander Portman used to correct his mom’s English, but the tables have turned since Natalia Vodianova began taking her kids back to her native Russia.

The family of five — which also includes children Neva, 3, and Viktor, 19 months — makes the monthly voyage in support of Natalia’s charity the Naked Heart Foundation, which builds playgrounds in underprivileged areas. Her desire to give back is rooted in motherhood; Although she made her name as a supermodel, the 27-year-old says that having children put her career in its proper context.

“Now that I am older, and a mother, I understand that modeling is my job. I don’t do it because it is superfun or because I get to travel or because it brings fame. It is what I do for a living. And that puts everything in the right place.”

Lucas, Neva and Viktor are Natalia’s children with husband of six years, Justin Trevor Berkeley Portman.

Source: Vogue, May issue

— Missy

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Sofie on

She has an awesome body, especially after having 3 kids. Beautiful!

martina on

I really admire her. I live in London have the year, so I know how truly wealthy her husband is. It’s quiet incredible that she’s working as hard as she did as an unknown model, and managing a big foundation on top of it.

Anna on

I totally agree with Sofie, wow what a body for a mother of 3!
Plus giving back to her country as well! Having children does make you want to do more for other children who have less.

ana on

I am not sure if I know who she is- but from this picture, I thought that was a twelve year old holding that childs hand. She looks so young!

Rachel on

Her kids are cute.

Jesse on

She is one of my favorite models, love her.

kai on

She’s hauntingly beautiful. I want some of her genes, please.

Mrs. R. on

She’s a 27 year old model! Of course she has an amazing body! It’s remarkable! And what else is how grounded she sounds. I wish I had it that together at 27!

lydia on

Natalia is beautiful and incredible, and I am so jealous of her figure, still perfection after three pregnancies. Just so unfair.