Russian born model Natalie Gal has been making big waves in the cutthroat modeling industry in the United States. Born on December 18, 1985 as Natalya Ivanovna Galkina, Natalie is a model turned actress who is best recognized as the runner up of the eight season of the popular modeling competition, America’s Next Top Model. She has graced the covers and pages of several magazines and has campaigned for numerous household names in the fashion industry. This blue eyed beauty, standing at 5’8”, has been appearing in several productions in American television, theatre and film as well.
Natalie currently resides in the United States where she divides her time between New York City and L.A. She had moved to America from her hometown Bataysk, Rostov Oblast in Russia in 2004 with her husband at that time, Stuart Hagler, and had consequently started her modeling career in the American industry. She and Hagler, who is older than her by 22 years, have a daughter together born in 2005. The couple however split in 2009. She had gotten married to Hagler in 2004. Natalie has studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in California and New York University. She has also attended the Moscow Art Theatre. Since she was six, she has been honing her skills in piano, ballet, gymnastics and theatrics. The talented model also happens to be fluent in Ukrainian and Spanish in addition to Russian and English.
Natalie’s representatives in Los Angeles are Photogenics Media and she is represented by Fenton Media in New York City. Likewise, she is one of the models represented by Milan’s Beatrice Models. After moving to the United States and having her daughter, in 2007, she signed on to become one of the participants of America’s Next Top Model in the Cycle 8 series. While competing in the series, she preferred to be called Natasha. By the fifth week on the series, Natalie had entered the top three spot and remained there until the end of the competition. She entered the finals with model Jaslene Gonzalez who later won the competition with Natalie claiming the runner up position. Her popularity in the United States led her to travel to several locations across the country to model. She also frequently travels abroad to work. Natalie has worked with celebrated fashion designers such as Cavalli, Chanel, Alexander Wang, Levuk, Prada, Rock and Republic, Diesel, Allison Parris, and Vivienne Tam. She has also represented Guess, Cover Girl, Wella and Nexxus. As a cover girl she has graced the fronts of fashion magazines like Madam Figaro, Mademoiselle, Grazia, Surface, 944 and Modern Luxury. Natalie has briefly appeared in several movies like Friendship, Morning Glory, Magic Mike, Syrup, Applesauce, I Wish I Had a Forth Wish and Girl Without a Planet. She has also appeared in television series like Broadwalk Empire and How to Make it in America on HBO and CW’s Gossip Girl. Natalie has also dabbled in theatre plays like Macbeth, Salome and Maids in theatres like Manhattan Theatre, NY Drama Theatre and Hollywood Theatre.
Natalie has also been working for humanitarian causes like Artists for Peace and Justice. In 2010, she worked with People Power Progress. She has also been involved with PETA. She is also the producer of Fashion Destinations which premieres globally on FashionTV.
Natalie Gal is on her way to become one of the strongest contenders in the American modeling industry in present time. The Russian beauty, whose looks have been compared to actress Angelina Jolie, is definitely a show stopper. Now 29, Natalie has already accomplished so much in her adventurous journey in the American modeling universe and has become one of the frontrunners among the up and coming models in the world.