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Natalia Vodianova Credits Career Success to Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

>> Natalia Vodianova made a splash last year when she hit the Paris runways three weeks after giving birth to her third child, Viktor, and now the June 2009 British Vogue cover girl tells CNN she credits the success of her career to her pregnancies:

My agency thought that I might never do shows because I was a bit shorter and not skinny enough, but when I gave birth to my first son I was 19 and I lost a lot of weight.  I guess the stress on the body was extreme and I suddenly just turned into this stick — just the way designers love models. My career took off after Lucas was born because I opened a lot of shows on the runway and that's where a lot of stars are made in my industry.

CNN recently followed Natalia around Moscow for their twelve-minute segment My City_My Life, during which she introduces some of her favorite bars, boutiques, and even a banya (Russian sauna), where she goes to get "whipped with" a "branch" by two men.  One such highlight — a stop in a market with her children Lucas and Neva, where she pronounces (as she eats it): "I'm buying some lard.  It's fantastic on toast and something that in my culture we eat all the time."

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