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Supermodel Runs Half-Marathon, Walks Paris Fashion Show

constancedecorde/WireImage(PARIS) -- The term “supermodel” rings true for Natalia Vodianova, who ran a half-marathon for charity before resuming her day job as a runway model at Paris fashion week.

The mother-of-three posted a note on her Facebook page Monday with photos, “yesterday was one of those days that i imagine will stay with me forever. it was always supposed to be a busy day -- running a half-marathon becoming now a yearly tradition during the paris fashion week (as if fashion week is not busy enough S).”

Vodianova ran the Paris half-marathon for the Naked Heart Foundation, a charity she founded in Russia, “to ensure that every child has a loving family, and a safe and stimulating place to play, the two things essential for a happy, fulfilling childhood.”

The model and her team raised $47,000 out of a $270,000 target for the construction of a playground in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. This will be the 100th playground the foundation has built.

Vodianova participated in the half-marathon last year, as well as carrying the torch in Russia's Paralympics this past summer.

The model then went to walk the runway at the Givenchy fashion show, where she would model clothes designed by Riccardo Tisci.  Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Amanda Seyfried were some of the celebrities who attended, but Vodianova had a special guest seeing the show for the first time.

“In the beginning of that week during a casual conversation over dinner, my grandmother said to me something I could not ignore: ‘I am getting so old. I hope that one day before I die I will see one of those fashion shows you are talking about.’ I replied that of course I would love to take her. I felt huge sense of urgency as I recently lost my grandfather and a thought of waiting till the next October to complete her wish was unbearable. I remembered that Riccardo was requesting me for Givenchy. Though initially I thought that to be a crazy idea knowing I was running the same morning, now it seemed like a destiny,” she wrote.

Vodianova called Tisci to request tickets, who was touched and invited her grandmother to attend with her son, Lucas.

“So I run the marathon, did the coolest show of the week, spent some precious time with my best friend Mariacarla and most importantly saw that sparkling light of pride in my sweet babunichka’s eyes,” Vodianova wrote.

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Male Model Sports Push-Up Bra in Lingerie Ads

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- The latest tall, blonde model to turn heads in a push-up bra is causing the fashion world to do a double-take. The star of a new lingerie ad campaign is a man.

Andrej Pejic, a male model known for his gender-bending work on runways, is the star of Dutch fashion company Hema's newest lingerie ad campaign. In it, Pejic, 20, dons the push-up bra, a skin-tight dress that hugs his newly curvy body, and dramatic, smoky-eyed makeup. With long-blonde hair, lip gloss, and delicate features, the 6-foot-1 Pejic strikes a very feminine figure.

Hema, the company that hired Pejic, said in a statement on their website that the ad campaign demonstrates that even a man can gain curves with the use of the bra.

"Even men get a decolleté with this new mega push-up bra," the statement says in translation. "That means that you with 'totally nothing' can go to a beautiful B-cup."

Pejic, who was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and raised in Australia, has gained fame in the fashion world for his work in both men's and women's fashion, modeling both bridal gowns and tuxedos, men's underwear and, now, women's underwear, too.

"He's rare. No one looks like him," photographer Chris Benz told ABC News. "I mean no one. None of the boys look like him. None of the girls look like him. It's just him. It's Andrej."

Pejic, who wears a women's size 2 or 4, told ABC News in September that his sexiest features are his hips, and that the toughest part of his job is squeezing into size 11 high-heeled shoes.

"I don't really have that sort of strong gender identity. I identify as what I am," Pejic told New York Magazine in August. "The fact that people are using it for creative or marketing purposes, it's just kind of like having a skill and using it to earn money."

Pejic now commands as much money as a female model would for photo shoots, and his face has graced the covers of more high-fashion magazines than any other male model.

According to his agent, Joseph Tenni, Pejic's role as a women's underwear model has broken down gender roles in the fashion world in an unprecedented way.

"It's revolutionary," Tenni told the Australian blog frockwriter. "I've never known a man to do a womens' lingerie campaign before."

The bras, which have received worldwide attention from their unique model, retail at 20 euro, about $25. They promise an increase of at least two cup sizes to the average wearer.

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