Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna, born Anna Sergeyevna Vyalitsyna (Russian:Анна Сергеевна Вьялицына) on born March 19, 1986, in Gorky, Russia.
She is perhaps best known for her ten year consecutive run of appearances (2005-14) in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Anne V wanted to be a model since she was a young girl playing with her Barbie dolls. In addition to Sports Illustrated, Anne has also worked with several designers such as DKNY, BCBG, Victoria's Secret, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier. Anne has also appeared in 3 music videos;
Maroon 5's "Misery" and Never Gonna Leave This Bed", as well as, Alanis Morissette's "Out is Through".
Anne has been a powerhouse in the fashion community since her debut in 2002. She has been featured in ads for Chanel, Reserve, Bath & Body Works, Louis Vuitton, just to name a few.
In addition to being a top model, Anne has also added acting to her resume. Anne has been credited with starring in two feature films, A Good Day to Die Hard and Lullaby. On March 5, 2014, Anne debuted as the newest supermodel mentor on Oxygen networks hit show "The Face".
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Anne is the covergirl for the March 7, 2014 issue of Elle France. The special issue is dedicated to the latest denim jean styles. The photographer who shot the 20-page editorial is Jan Welters, while Anne’s denim styles were the work of Hortense Manga. In the issue, Anne is captivating with her smoldering eyes and fierce good looks. Pepe jeans, Liu Jo, Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren, Diesel Black Gold and Replay are the designers whose denim creations are showcased in the editorial. Gallery: Elle France,March 7, 2014
Isabelle Bianchi@IsabelleanaB Age: 19 Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
International beauty Isabelle left her Swiss home with her mother at 16-years-old to pursue the American dream. Currently a student at NYU, she made her runway debut in a Tory Burch show, and has since walked in various shows during New York Fashion Week. Although she may always appear poised and elegant, Isabelle is independent, strong-minded and will always tell it like it is. She is a proud multicultural model who wants to challenge herself in her career and become the new face of the American fashion industry.
A native of Senegal, Africa, Khadisha was discovered at the age of 16 when she won the Elite Model Look Contest. Modeling is not only her passion, but also her career as she teaches runway classes at a local agency in Cincinnati. Poised and self-assured, she lives for the catwalk and the camera. With her distinct look and self-assured demeanor, Khadisha is in it to win it and has no doubt she will catapult to the front of the competition.
Sharon is a sassy Latina from the Dominican Republic who fills the room with her positive energy everywhere she goes. The only girl in a family of all brothers, she was an awkward, athletic tomboy who didn’t even consider modeling until she was a teenager. What she values most in life is her humility, and she believes in treating everyone with equal respect. With only two years of modeling experience, Sharon is confident that her determination and acting background will distinguish her from the rest of the competition.
Of Korean, Russian and French descent, Tiana has always been a fan of the spotlight and the arts. A self-described goofball, she can instantly fill a room with her spunky creative spirit. Tiana loves to volunteer and intends to use modeling not only as a career, but as a platform to give back to her community in a positive and uplifting way. With three years of modeling experience under her belt, she is ready to take on the competition that could change her life forever.
Each week, Anne will be blogging after the show to recap what went down on the latest episode. Instead of blogging myself, I am going to post Anne’s blog every week. So, without further introduction, here is Anne on week one.
I’m not a scout. I’m a model. When I had to pick my own team for The Face, I was going beyond what I normally do in my profession. My strategy was simple: follow my gut. I looked for contestants who screamed out to me, who looked like they really wanted it. And I got lucky. Because all of the girls that ended up on my team — deep down — I really wanted. Especially Isabelle.
But before I talk about her, I have to say I didn’t feel Team Naomi deserved to win the “Girls Night Out” challenge. Naomi’s girls could not hold their position in the display window. They moved around too much. Models need to hold their pose for as long as it takes for the photographer to get “the shot.” But I also have to admit the selfie was a super cute idea. It was relevant. It made the client happy. And I have to give my hat off to Naomi. She’s a great competitor. She knows this business as well as anyone.
Now back to Isabelle. It may have appeared that I put her up for elimination based on strategy, thinking Naomi wouldn’t kick off a strong contender at the start of the show. This is not the case. Not at all. I play fair throughout this entire competition. My philosophy is that the girl who deserves to be there is the girl who should be there. I picked Isabelle because the client told me she was the “least memorable.” He thought she was the weakest member on my team.
I’ve had some time to think about why he may have felt that way. Maybe it was because Isabelle’s character in the “Girls Night Out” challenge was boring compared to the others. Sharon looked like she was going out to a club, Tiana played the rocker girl, Khadisha was the sophisticated downtown type, and Isabelle had a more polished look. Her persona may have been too Upper East Side for Juicy Couture. Whatever the case, I listened to the client.
I think it’s a shame Naomi sent Isabelle home. She’s a stronger model than Ray, and it would have been exciting to have kept her in the competition. In fact, I think Isabelle could have won this whole thing. She’s a very beautiful girl. She’s got a beautiful body. She’s smart and she has great experience. She’s driven and really wants it. She’s also a good girl, very respectful. That’s important to me.
Our clients may have thought Isabelle was the least memorable, but I won’t be forgetting her any time soon. I also won’t be forgetting that we are now playing “hardball.” Game on!
We love a good competition reality series over here at SELF, so we’re stoked for the second season of The Face. And new to the judging panel this time around is Sports Illustrated supermodel, Anne V, who joins Naomi Campbell, Lydia Hearst, and Nigel Barker.
“I really had no idea what I was signing up for,” Anne told us about being a judge. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done. When I moved to America when I was 15, I never had anyone mentor me in the modeling world, so being a part of The Face is such an honor, so I can be that person for all my girls during the show and off the show, too.”
Anne took a few minutes from jet-setting to answer our SELFy questionnaire and dished on workouts, beauty musts, and her perfect Sunday AM.
1. If I could only do one workout, I’d…
…put my sneakers on and go to the beach and run on the soft sand — it’s probably one of the hardest workouts ever to do. There’s nothing better than running on a beach, listening to the sound of the water.
2. I can’t stop moving when _____ comes on my iPod.
“Tom Ford” by Jay-Z. It’s one of those — if you want to workout, you want to wake up, you’re like, “Man, I feel good! I feel hot!” You feel like you’re ready to go.
3. When I need extra motivation, I tell myself…
…I’m going to feel great when I go workout. Especially when you feel really down, you need to get those endorphins going and you just know you’re going to feel so much better and, of course, look better. But I think being mentally healthy is the most important.
4. I’m dying to try…
…pole dancing. I love to dance — you get really in touch with your body, which is a beautiful thing. But at the same time, you use your arms so much and you use your legs so much and it’s all your own body weight. Besides being really fun, I think it’s really a great workout.
5. After a great workout, I feel…
…rejuvenated, mentally balanced, and like I am ready to take on the world.
6. When hunger strikes at 3 PM, I go for…
…either a handful nuts (I like pistachios or raw cashews) or some cucumber slices with hummus.
7. If I only have 15 minutes for dinner, I…
…usually make tomato-avocado salad with olive oil and really chunky sea salt. I’m a big fan of avocado.
8. I’m at the drugstore and have $20. I’m buying…
…Maybelline Great Lash mascara, an EOS lip balm, and some kind of concealer for five bucks. I think a mascara, a concealer, a lipbalm — that’s pretty much all you really need.
9. Sunday mornings at 11 AM, you’ll find me…
…in my house, drinking a cup of coffee and reading the New York Times. I like reading the Business section — I was always a really good student and always wanted to go to college, but I never got an opportunity to because I’ve been working since I was 15 years old. So it’s always nice to learn what’s A) happening in the world and B) about new business and different businesses and see how they operate.
And I like my coffee black. No sugar. No milk.
10. No one knows that I…
…am actually a really goofy person and I like to act like a complete idiot! The only people that really see me do that are my friends. I just like acting like a complete dork, dancing funny and being silly…which I would probably never be allowed to do in public!
Catch Anne V in her first episode as a judge on The Face when the second season premieres tonight at 10PM on Oxygen.
ELLE’s Joe Zee, supermodel coaches Naomi Campbell, Anne V and Lydia Hearst and host Nigel Barker of Oxygen’s The Face as well as Frederic Fekkai participated in a live Google+ hangout! Check out the video and see what Anne wanted to be if she hadn’t gotten into modeling.
What’s your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?
One of my screens is me and my boyfriend, and another one is me and my best friend.
When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?
It depends if I want to party or if I want to be a classy lady. If I want to be a classy lady I’ll order red wine, and if I want to party I’ll order tequila.
What’s the one word you’re guilty of using too often?
My boyfriend just said that I use “right” all the time. Like, “It’s cold outside, right?”
What’s the last thing that you searched for on Google?
Well, I was looking at SoulCycle classes this morning. Before that, I was looking at baked eggs recipes. I’ve never made baked eggs, and I’ve been so jet-lagged, waking up at 3 in the morning, I wanted to make a good breakfast.
Who’s the last person that called or texted you?
What was the last awkward situation you were in, and how did you handle it?
Oh god. I actually really don’t know.
When is the last time you went to a theater?
It’s been a while — maybe, like, four months ago?
What TV show should everyone be watching?
I don’t really watch TV that much, but I just started watching The Americans, and I absolutely love it.
What’s your TV guilty pleasure?
Fashion Police or Millionaire Matchmaker.
What’s the first CD you bought?
I think it was like JLo, “Jenny from the Block.” We didn’t have CDs in Russia! By the way, I have to say that was great — was it On the Train, On the 6, or something? I listened to it the other day, and it was awesome!
What’s the one food you can’t resist?
Sweet potato French fries.
What music are you currently listening to?
I’m such a big fan of JLo and I love hip-hop. Jay Z, you can’t go wrong with him.
What movie makes you laugh the most?
I don’t really know about the movie, but I can tell you a TV show. I think 30 Rock is the most hilarious show ever. I laugh like an idiot when I’m watching it because I have a really weird sense of humor and that show just fits perfectly with it.
What drives you absolutely crazy?
I hate when people bite their nails and try to flick them. I hate that sound. I also hate when guys don’t open doors for you, it’s the most unattractive thing ever.
Kittens or puppies?
New York or Los Angeles?
Comedy or drama?
Bacon or Nutella?
’80s or ’90s?
Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?
Tell us a secret.
On the set of The Face, I grilled salmon and asparagus every single day for lunch for a month. The crew asked me what I wanted to order, and I always said grilled salmon and asparagus from the exact same place — I craved it constantly.
Saks Fifth Avenue have begun releasing their Spring and Summer campaigns and catalogs. Anne is featured in the newest catalog which came out today. A raven haired Anne is almost unrecognizable as she poses in a Chanel suit.
Victoria’s Secret Angel and SI Swimsuit Issue model Anne Vyalitsyna becomes the newest coach to join The Face, standing out with a refreshingly compassionate aura
Photographed by Hao Zeng
Styled by Sarah Schusseim
It’s only 10 to nine in midtown Manhattan when model Anne Vyalitsyna comes bouncing into DuJour’s office, beautifully bright-eyed and incredibly friendly, even saying a sweet hello to those non-morning people hunched over and frowning at their desks. “Let’s get started!” she exclaims, arms raised high in a silk black jumpsuit.
Apparently not getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day is totally passé. As Anne V is proving, it’s the nice girls in fashion who are rising to the top.
Dress by Kenzo, shoes by Alexander Wang
Now with her new role on Oxygen’s second season of The Face, Anne V is adding “model coach” to her resume. With Naomi Campbell as head coach and executive producer, the reality competition show puts three teams of aspiring models through real-life challenges while being mentored by some of the biggest names in the business, including photographer Nigel Barker and model Lydia Hearst. In the end, one girl will be chosen to be the face of a major brand and have a signed contract to kickstart her career.
Anne V is more than eager to help these up-and-comers. “You feel a new sense of responsibility with these girls, a responsibility to your team and you hope that you can give them everything they want and need to hear from you.” The charming 27-year-old from Russia is a driven businesswoman more focused on being polite and professional than living up to the diva stereotype birthed by some of her “super” predecessors. She has the direct eye contact and good-natured attitude—smiling, always smiling—of a politician running for office. Indeed, Anne V makes it clear that the most important thing she teaches her girls on The Face is “to always be nice, because this is a job.” She adds, “I can be a bitch [too], but I know that you have to see beyond the modeling and just be a great woman at the end of the day.”
Shirt and shorts by Dolce & Gabbana
The skills she’s teaching her team are ones she herself had to learn organically over time. Modeling, it seems, isn’t brimming with people willing to share guidance. “I never had a mentor when I started modeling at 15 and I wish I’d had one,” she says. And yet she still managed a swift ascent. After winning the Fashionably Loud modeling competition on MTV in Milan, V’s career took off with a Chanel fragrance campaign. She’s also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a record 10 consecutive times.
Though she didn’t have anyone coaching her along the way, Anne V says that she always admired Naomi Campbell, making it all the more intimidating when they began filming The Face. “I was very nervous to coach next to Naomi. I wanted her to really like me because she is a legend, but in the end, even if she didn’t I knew I had to stay true to myself and be who I am no matter what.” As it turned out, Naomi and Anne got along very well and the whole cast seems comfortable during the second season. Note that there’s little of the onscreen drama that’s the crux of other reality TV.
So what’s next for Anne V—is more TV on the horizon? “I really love it,” she says. “I love being myself on camera. Finding something that you really love to do is rare and I have found something I love outside of modeling.” She continues, “Though it was definitely scary at first, everyone, even the coaches, walked away with a mentor in one way or the other.” See, models do know how to pay it forward.
The new season of The Face premieres March 5 at 10 p.m. on Oxygen.
On Monday, Anne stopped by Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family to chat with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare about the upcoming season of The Face. Anne shared her inspiring story of how she immigrated from Russia at age 15, chasing her dream to become a famous model. The biggest question that follows Anne is how to pronounce her last name and why she abbreviated to “V.” The excitement was clear as Anne talked about how she mentored the girls on her team, hoping to lead one of the girls to be named “The Face”.
The brand new trailer for the upcoming season of The Face is out and from the looks of things this new season is chock full of drama and vigorous competition. Anne V, Lydia Heart and Naomi are featured in the 2 minute clip mentoring their contestants and standing their ground against each other. In one scene, Anne shows her strong, assertive side by standing up to Naomi in what seems to be a heated conversation about their teams. The competition is surely going to be a fierce fight to the finish in order to find ‘The Face”. Be sure to tune into Oxygen network tomorrow night at 10:00 to see the competition kick off. Don’t forget to tweet your support for our girl Anne with hastag #TEAMAVVEV.