Anna Vyalitsyna, Anna Sergeevna Vyalitsyna – 19.03.1986, also known as Anne V – Russian top model. Among Anna’s records – she consistently starred for nine seasons in a row (from 2005 to 2013) for the summer issue of the prestigious American sports magazine Sports Illustrated. A special issue of the magazine is published annually – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit with photographs of supermodels in swimwear against the backdrop of exotic landscapes.
Anna is one of the models of the “three V” era: Vyalitsyna, Vodianova, Volodina – three Russian supermodels who replaced Kate Moss, Linda Evangeliste, Naomi Campbell and other stars of the 90s.
Childhood of Anna Vyalitsyna
Anna was born in the Soviet city of Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod). Her childhood passed according to the classical scheme of a child from an intelligent family – in addition to school, she went to ballroom dancing, music and drawing classes. Anna says that ballroom dancing was invaluable to her – it is thanks to them that she feels confident in front of the camera. Exits to the podium require plasticity and a sense of rhythm, and the skills gained in choreography lessons were very useful.
A few years before Anna Vyalitsyna went to school, Linda Evangelista uttered her famous phrase about 10 thousand dollars. The era of supermodels has arrived in the modeling business. Photos and posters of model stars have become almost a must-have in girls’ rooms, displacing portraits of actors and posters depicting musical groups. And the desire to become a fashion model turned out to be the childhood dream of millions of girls around the world.
Anya Vyalitsyna also wanted to be a model since childhood: magazine advertisements and a series of fashion photographs looked like a call from another world.
In 2001, Anna ended up in St. Petersburg. She was spotted during a casting by IMG-Models looking for new faces for MTV’s Fashionably Loud Europe. The agents of “IMG-Models” invited the girl to take part in the competition, which determined her entire subsequent professional destiny. Anya Vyalitsyna packed her things and went to Milan. At that moment she was 15 years old. She participated in the Milan competition, as a result of which she won contracts with IMG Paris and IMG New York.
At the same time, another meeting took place, which fundamentally influenced her future. In St. Petersburg, Anna met the famous photographer Max Vadukul, who was looking for the heroine of the future Yohji Yamamoto campaign in the city on the Neva. Thanks to this meeting, Anna Vyalitsyna became the face of advertising for the second line of “Yamamoto – Y’s”.
Further, the professional biography of Anya Vyalitsyna developed extremely rapidly. There were no long years of waiting, there were no filming for small obscure catalogs, there were no endless unsuccessful castings. In this, Ani’s story turned out to be completely different from the fate of many Russian and world models, whose way up was often very long.
Anna Vyalitsyna’s career took shape in just a matter of weeks.
A little over a month later, she participated in several shows during the pret-a-porter week in Paris. In particular – Sofia Kokosalaki, “Cacharel” and Martin Sitbon. And by the next season, the number of hits with her participation increased significantly. She has appeared on the catwalk in dozens of collections. They started talking about Anna Vyalitsyna as the opening of the year, and this attracted even more attention to her. She was called the “Russian princess”, she was very young, graceful and fragile. There was a pleasant spontaneity in her charming freckles and wonderful smile. IMG scout Jenny Rose said that by opening Anna, she can safely retire.
In the six months following the Milan competition, Anna managed to work for Anna Molinari, Chloé and Sportmax, and appeared on the covers of Vogue, ELLE and Glamor.
In 2002, Anna signed a contract to shoot in an advertising campaign for Chanel Chance – first for 2 years, then for a few more years.
Chanel Chance had to support the fashion house’s image as one of the most important perfume giants. Moreover, a year earlier, Chanel had released a very successful perfume – Coco Mademoiselle, which won the FiFi award in 2002. Chance was created by the same master as Coco Mademoiselle – Jacques Polge. He has invented virtually every Chanel fragrance released over the past twenty-five years.