most beautiful Russian girl.' Russian top-model Natalia Sokolova was
nominated as one of the twenty most beautiful and sexy women of
the world for
the past year among leading world beauties – Claudia Shiffer,
Cindy Crawford and Pamela Anderson. The survey was done by American
Statistical Agency Forums. More than 15 million people in 36 countries
participated. The agency chose not to divide places between twenty ladies
because they are all beauteous.” - Life (issue #9, 2000 Moscow,
Right before graduation from the University of Maryland Natalia competed
in the Hawaiian Tropics International Swimwear pageant in Las Vegas
where she won the title of the First Runner Up. This annual search for
the most beautiful woman in the world is now the second largest pageant
in the world. Over 1,500 pageants are run in the U.S. alone and the
pageants are held in 45 other countries to select finalists. After the
contest Natalia was approached by Playboy. She accepted the offer following
graduation and soon after, she moved to Los Angeles.
Since she appeared on the pages of Playboy as miss April 1999 Natalia
was featured in more than thirty national and foreign editions including
several covers. She has just finished shooting a pictorial for Maxim
with a French photographer Florent Carmin. European magazine CKM has
given her a cover and several pages with the interview in July 2002
issue. Russian Maxim published her interview and pictorial in February,
Continuing her work in fashion and commercial industry, volunteering
in different charities Natalia has traveled around the world and was
featured in press in many countries. You can also find her in the big
screen in Swordfish and Crocodile Dundee in LA, and currently she is
working on the film Coroner as a lead female.
Natalia has had several appearances on TV shows such as Baywatch, Sabrina –the
Teenage Witch, Cannonball Run, The X Show, It’s Like, you Know…,
The Dating Game; featured in Extra, E!-Entertainment, KTLA Morning News,
FOX News, Entertainment Tonight, CBS News, ABC News, Ch. 3. She performed
in several music videos such as: 883, (Italy), 2X- Centrix, Limp Bizkit,
Natalia Sokolova had to come a long way before landing on covers and
pages of multiple magazines. From Russia to Los Angeles, this Russian
beauty is not only stunning and intelligent, she has perseverance required
to have recovered an almost deadly car accident.
Born October 15, in Moscow, Russia, Natalia comes from a long line of
Russian academics. Her grandfather was a former renowned inventor from
the former Soviet Union. Her mother, an award-winning scientist, along
with her father is both PhD academics. Natalia grew up with the attitude
of working hard to achieve your goals and to make the most of every
Since intelligence and excellence are in her genes, Natalia was always
an excellent student. This gave her the opportunity to travel the world,
as she was selected to represent Russia in several competitions and
She represented Russia in Japan as a Peace Child and she stayed in London
for a month where she had the chance to perfect the English skills she
already had. Thanks to her stay in London, she won a language competition
organized by the Moscow State University. Natalia’s ease with
the English language came in handy when she was an exchange student
in the US, where she studied at Springbrook High School in Maryland,
Although she greatly enjoyed her stay in the US, it was difficult for
her to part with her parents and her dog, Archibald II Von Blue Bobs,
or Arik. Graduating with honors, Natalia went on to study at the University
of Maryland in Baltimore, at the age of 16.
Her studies at the University were cut short when she was in a car accident
on Halloween, confining her to life in a wheelchair. With a broken backbone,
partial paralysis, numbness, and several dysfunctional internal organs,
hopes for recovery looked pretty dim for Natalia.
Natalia retuned to University in 1994, but returned to Moscow after
a year of physical training at a rehabilitation clinic. Two years later
and finally being able to walk thanks to rehab and a lot of inner strength,
Natalia returned to the University of Maryland and her studies in international
business and finance. She finally graduated in 1998 with a 3.8 GPA.
She still goes to visit her family in Moscow and her father who lives
in Switzerland, since family is extremely important to her.
Natalia is not only a model for her stunning appearance, but also for
her strong will and brilliance. Still, we can’t deny that her
physical attributes are enough to make us stare for quite a while.
Wherever you first saw her though, chances are that you were unable
to forget her ever since.