“The 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, August, 2000)
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 among 300,000 contestants to select finalists. After the pageant Natalia was approached by Playboy. After graduation with serious incentives from Playboy she accepted the offer and moved to Los Angeles.
Since she appeared on the pages of Playboy as Miss April 1999 Natalia has been featured in more than thirty national and foreign editions including several covers. She competed 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, 2004 issue.
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 a big screen in Swordfish, Role of a Lifetime and Crocodile Dundee in LA.
Natalia has had several appearances on TV shows such as Baywatch, Sabrina –the Little Witch, Cannonball Run, The X Show, It’s Like you Know, Dating Game; featured in Extra, E!, 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, Godsmack, Ultraphonics.
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 minute. She participated in a performance promoting peace when she was 12 years old in Japan as a Peace Child. When she was 15, she won a competition organized by the Moscow State University which led to her acceptance to the exchange student program in the US, where she took final semester at the Springbrook High School in Maryland. Since intelligence and excellence are in her genes, Natalia was always an excellent student and entered the University of Maryland at the age of 16.
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.
Her studies at the University were cut short when a car accident on Halloween, confined her to life in a wheelchair with a slim prognosis to survive. With a broken backbone, partial paralysis, numbness, and several dysfunctional internal organs, hopes for recovery looked pretty dim for Natalia.
Almost two years later after intensive rehab and a lot of inner strength, Natalia returned to the University of Maryland and resumed her studies. In just three years she graduated University of Maryland with double major in Finance and International Business with honors.
Not only she had a very successful modeling career working with leading agencies around the world (Elite Model Management, Wilhelmina Models , Fashion Milan), but she has driven critical initiatives for over 20 years in the domains of global entrepreneurship, strategic growth and innovation. Natalia is a member of a Family Office (SFO), she is an industry thought leader and a speaker. For the past 10 years she had been an active investor and advisor to early-stage technology ventures including: safety and security, web3, video streaming and Defi.
She advised companies such as Bill Blass, John Paul DeJoria’s Group of Companies, Bidz.com, Best Buddies foundation, Kick4Life and numerous technology startups. Natalia has been involved in development and implementation of licensing strategy for Playboy Enterprises.
She spent a decade leading Investor Relations for publicly traded US and Canadian firms globally. Natalia started her career at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC, International Division, European Affairs.
Currently she serves as a Chief Operations Officer and an Investor at Cytta Corp (OTCQB:CYCA) as well as a Partner at the History VC Fund.