Natalia Vodianova

Once I had the pleasure of briefly meeting supermodel Natalia Vodianova in One Young World Summit few years ago. I was representing Nokia as a delegate at the event in 2012. Natalia held an inspiring speech, she told her own story but also about the Naked Heart Foundation,  a charity organization she founded with a mission: “to help build an inclusive society that is open to people with disabilities and special needs, through play and the creation of free support services for disadvantaged families”.  This organization has a tremendously noble cause: tackling the stigma of disability, so that no parent feels pressured to give up a disabled child and no children are given up to orphanages or children’s homes.

 

 

In 2015 Natalia has taken philanthropy to the digital age with her new app –ELBI.

Elbi brings innovation to charity and philanthropy. We remove the barriers to charitable giving be making it simple, fun and rewarding for people to make a difference, while giving great causes much needed visibility and support. By connecting digital do-gooders with charities through the Elbi platform we’ve so far helped 854 causes, run by 37 charities, in 88 countries across 5 continents.

Natalia is truly beautiful inside out.

Such an inspiring young woman, who is not blinded by own success in an egoistic way, but instead is creating an impact to make this world a better place. I just had to draw her!

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GUERLAIN KISS KISS. AND THAT DRESS!

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By Didem

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One of my favorite blogs at the moment – by Didem. Stylish, classy, modern and pretty. And she loves Chanel. And of course she is absolutely beautiful. Didem has a very diverse style: at times edgy, at time feminine, at times sporty, at times girly – thus, I could not make only one illustration. And I did three:

  1. Edgy with purple fringes
  2. Romantic with flowercrown and Chanel clutch
  3. A couture black Chanel evening look

What do you think?

Vote for Didem at ELLE STYLE Award for best blog category HERE.

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Photo credit: Didem’s blog

 

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Naantali & Kultaranta

I had a mini-trip recenty to Naantali, a city in the south-west of Finland. It is one of the most important tourist cities in Finland, however, I have to admit it was my first time visiting it. It is absolutely beautiful. We were lucky to have wonderful sunny weather suitable for a day at the sea. Also played golf in Kultaranta Resort, which I highly recommend. The food, service, golf instruction class, meeting venues – everything was top class! Here is my picture report:

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Photocredit for pic above: Kultaranta resort website

 

Isn’t this amazing? Foggy chilly morning, and the sea meets the sky seamlessly with no horizon…

That wooden pier hut is actually a sauna.

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So we went sailing around Kultaranta, i.e.”Golden Beach”.

The old city is like a set from a movie full of pretty wooden dollhouses:

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Restaurant UUSI KILTA was a terrific find, too:

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Come visit Finland!!!

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Mia Renwall

Mia Renwall is a talented singer / songwriter from Helsinki. Her latest single “Full Circle Rainbow” is the official song of Helsinki Pride 2016 – Listen here !

I made some illustrations for Mia’s promo materials, I am very excited for this collaboration! Check them out (based on photos by Mario Villeda):

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