Can you please introduce yourself and share а bit about your journey into the modeling industry?
Hello, nice to see you again! I’m Anna De Bekkar.Businesswoman, celebrity, TV hostess, internationally renowned top model, cover model of the world’s most celebrated fashion magazines of all time: L'Officiel, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, etc. The official face of the Russian and global brand. The headliner of the world’s top designer fashion shows in Moscow, Paris and Milan. The official face of the International WFR 2023 Project. The World Fashion Week Dubai spokeswoman and honorary representative with exceptional powers in Russia, the EU, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The 2022 RB’s Person of the Year Award for the Best Top Model. The 2023World Fashion Magazine Award for The Best Honorary Ambassador of Russian and Global Brands.
The honorary judge of the “Fashion Designer 4” reality show on Fashion TV Russia. The honorary judge and the official face of the WFFR 2023. Awarded the “Jewel of Goodness” title by the TVORI DOBRO Charity Fund for her Community Service. Three college degrees, PhD graduate, member of the International Academy of Real Economy. Included in “The Best People of Russia” Encyclopedia, 2007-2009. Author of numerous academic publications on Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. Fluent in five foreign languages.
Who or what inspired you to pursue а career in modeling? Have you always had an interest in fashion?
I am a woman of many talents who want to pursue many passions at once. I've always been interested in fashion and modeling. The more you get involved, the more exciting new opportunities emerge, so I work and keep moving forward.
Сап you share some highlights or memorable experiences from your modeling career thus far?
Being a fashion model is an emotionally challenging job. First of all, you have to work on your emotions and self-awareness. Show follows show, then you realize – happens to me all the time, at least – that this is an alternate reality, a parallel space where I feel comfortable to exist, even if
only for a short while.
What have been the most significant challenges you've faced in the modeling industry, and how have you overcome them?
Just like every home has its blessings and challenges, the fashion industry is full of both. It would take too long to go through each one individually, so I'll just say that overcoming them all takes a lot of strength and character, which is something that I try to do with grace and dignity.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you have any fashion icons ог designers you admire?
I've always believed that the more unique a person's own style is, the more extraordinary that person is. I have my own sense of style, which is tough to articulate in detail, because to me style is about personality. It's about a sense of beauty and harmony. Style is a craftwork. It's like declaring, "I am the brand." I am truly inspired by Coco Chanel.
How have you seen the fashion and modeling industry evolve since you started your career? Аге there any changes you would like to see?
Well, everything is changing, everything is in motion. It makes me happy to see diverse types of models on the runway. Models of 165 cm height are now in high demand just as much as those of 180 cm, if not more so. We see plus-size models with ample curves on the world fashion shows. It sounds absurd when models in their 30s are referred to as overage. I, for one, believe that when it comes to professionals there is no such thing as an age limit, and that you can walk down the runway with grace and dignity at any age, as long as you have something to say to the audience. Fashion is like a living creature, when it gets ill, it recovers and keep it going.
The modeling industry often demands а lot physically and mentally. How do you maintain your health and well-being?
No doubt, any pro model must stay in shape both inside and out. It determines the outcome and is a vital aspect of the job. I live a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, work hard, and have good self-control. It inspires to do the right thing, act responsibly, and give a hundred and ten percent. In our industry, I'm a huge advocate of intelligence!
Many young individuals look up to fashion models as role models. How do you feel about being а role model, and what message do you want to convey to your followers?
Any woman can become a model, but not everyone can be one! I want to wish very young ladies who want to connect their lives with fashion to have no illusions that everything is easy and simple, it is not so! To be a model, you must learn, know a lot, and constantly develop your personality. You will shine and be interesting to the entire world, but above all else to yourself! Be happy!
Model: Anna De Bekkar @annadebekkar @"GRANY" Production Center & Model's Agency, ZSmodels
Photographer: Yuliana Krylova @yuliana_krylova
Creative Director: Beatrice Malahova @beatrismalahova
Fashion Designer: Tiana Lyamova @monze.official
Accessory Designer: True Lady @_a_true_lady
Makeup Artist: Maria Kudriavtseva @mari_kudri