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11/13/2014 05:41 pm ET Updated Nov 13, 2014

Tales Of Supermodel Natalia Vodianova's Childhood Left Her Therapist Speechless

Natalia Vodianova's therapist thought he had heard it all, but according to the supermodel, stories of her impoverished childhood left him floored.

"The first time I went to see a shrink -- New Yorkers will like this story -- it was not a great experience," she told HuffPost Live in a Thursday interview. "The guy told me, 'I’ve seen rockstars, I’ve seen a lot of strange people, drug addicts, and all kinds of people in my life. I’ve never heard a story like this.'"

"It was very difficult," she continued, referring to her youth. "It was difficult, to say the least."

Vodianova, one of Glamour's 2014 Women Of The Year, spoke with HuffPost Live further about growing up in Russia while her mother struggled to make ends meet, often working up to four jobs at once. While her life posing for the world's most esteemed photographers certainly differs from that, Vodianova is committed to giving back to Russia's children with her foundation, Naked Heart, which raises money for playgrounds.

Watch Natalia Vodianova's full conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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