WAITING FOR NATALIA VODIANOVA IN THE DARK, velvety silence of the Dorchester Hotel lounge in London, I almost miss her. She is startlingly different from her pictures, more like the teenage girl-nextdoor – all coltish prettiness and shyness – than an international stunner. Meeting her feels more surreal than any other celebrity. Perhaps because I’m so used to seeing the 29-year-old Russian supermodel and philanthropist everywhere. She has been the face of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein among others, looking poised and perfect in hundreds of glossy magazines and billboards. She is regularly on the best-dressed lists and Harper’s Bazaar named her Woman of the Year in 2010.