Natalia Vodianova Runs Marathon With No Training The Same Day As Closing Givenchy


As if you needed any more evidence that Natalia Vodianova is a genetically perfect race of dystopian replicant, here it is.

Yesterday, the Russian supermodel ran a half marathon just hours before she was booked to close the Givenchy show at Paris fashion week. As you can see, the glow of her triumph over all those kilometers of road only added to the dewiness of her beauty look:


Givenchy - Runway - PFW F/W 2013

Running any distance is impressive to me, as I only run when being chased by teenagers, but the fact that her legs are each a hundred feet long probably did not hurt Natalia’s progress.

She did not perform this feat merely to show off, but to make sure her grandmother got to see her walk in a fashion show post haste. Writes Natalia on her Facebook page:

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)

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.

i called Ricky immediately and luckily for me he was delighted to hear that now it was a sweet family affair S)

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.

That’s pretty sweet, no? It’s so sweet, in fact, that I’m trying not to get too annoyed at the asinine comment her boyfriend left on her Facebook page claiming she had not trained at all for the marathon, unless you count modeling clothes and eating fatty foods:

So impressed!!!!! Fantastic race baby!!! I testify 100% to no training before!!! only ice cream and good french food.

I don’t know too much about training for a marathon, but I am pretty sure most people need to practice running first? Either this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or Natalia Vodianova is indeed a replicant and her “babunichka” is a plant by the Russian government to trick us into thinking she was gestated in the normal human way. Feel free to chime in if I’m wrong, runners!

(Via Fashionista)

Photos: Natalia Vodianova, Getty Images

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    • Dani

      It is obviously a lie… I once ran a half marathon and I couñd barely finish it eventhough I had been running for the past 8 months and done five 10 km races… Im sorry but I dont think it is possible. A 10 km yes but a half marathon no way…

      • yes

        People have different levels of ability. I ran my first half marathon with just a few jogs before, and know I could’ve done a marathon in a decent time without anymore training. Running comes pretty easy for some.

    • Kuma

      “babunichka” means grandmother in Russian.

    • abcooa
    • Marissa

      There’s a big difference between a half-marathon and a marathon. I hate when a half-marathon or relay marathon is referred to as a “marathon” because those races are a far cry from 26 miles. And lightly jogging 13 miles would not be that difficult if you’re already in decent shape, even if you hadn’t necessarily trained for a HALF marathon. It’s not like she was going for a PR. I believe it.

      • Marissa

        And she ran just under 11 minute miles, which is not much more than a fast walk.