2018 is a big year for the house of Guerlain, one of the oldest beauty brands in the world, as it celebrates its 190th anniversary but that's not all. This year also marks Guerlain's 10th year of partnership with supermodel Natalia Vodianova, who began her Guerlain journey in 2008 as the face of the Guerlain's Legend of Shalimar. And in celebration of Natalia's 10 years with Guerlain, we bring you an exclusive interview with the supermodel right here.
10 things to know about Natalia Vodianova
You have played different roles for Guerlain for the past 10 years. How do you prepare yourself to embody all these facets of a Guerlain woman?
There is no special preparation on my side, it’s all about the team that works with me. It’s about the stylist, hair and glam squad and of course, the transformation looks. Once that happens, it really takes over me, and I’m the character I play.
It’s wonderful! I love my job because you can really be whoever you want to be and work of course with an amazing team of professionals. It gives you the confidence in delivering the role you need to play.
How far have you been for Guerlain?
Over the dunes in India, behind the walls of la Muralla Roja Spain, Jaipur India, China, but also in many Parisian studios and apartments.
What is the craziest thing you have done for Guerlain?
Well, I must say, the production of the Shalimar commercial in just 3 days with Bruno Aveillan, when it was supposed to be 10 days. That was quite crazy; we worked very long hours. It was my decision really because I had to go back to Paris.
I had an event with a group of autistic children visiting Disneyland that was organized in advance. Unfortunately, we realized too late that the agenda didn’t match. You can imagine that, of course, Guerlain had already booked the photoshoot and everything was ready.
It was crazy, we worked very long hours, slept very little, but everyone was there for me. We had about 100 people working on the shoot but everyone gave their
best to make it happen. It was one of the most challenging projects I have ever worked on. It was just beautiful, I remember the feeling of the incredible energy and feeling so positive. That’s how I made the Taj Mahal reappear from the water, it was divine.