Anne V in Ocean Drive February 2014: I've Struggled With Weight Issues
The 27-year-old supermodel donned a range of high-end duds from Moschino and Christian Louboutin for the Randall Slavin-shot spread while opening up about everything from being discovered to dealing with gossip surrounding her past relationships.
Highlights from Anne's Q&A session are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Ocean Drive!
On her first model experience:
"It was one of those dreams I never thought would come true. Every kid has an unrealistic like, 'I'm going to be an astronaut,' but no one becomes one. I know it sounds so cliched, but I never thought I was pretty. I was the tallest in my class and very skinny, and no boys liked me. I was at a casting at IMG, and they asked me to do a modeling contest. I had never done anything. And the only way my mom would let me do it was if she came with me. I twas my first time on a plane, and I didn't speak any English. It was also my first time in a five-star hotel, so I was just psyched I was somewhere else. My mom met all the model; Gisele was part of the show... Heidi Klum... she was like, 'This is actually not so bad!'"
On her body struggles:
"When I was 18, I put on a lot of weight because I was eating pizza and pasta, and I didn't know how to handle it. I never ate salads in Russia; we didn't have salads.The only salads we had were with tons of mayo in them. It was really hard, and I've battled with it for many years."
On her views on modeling:
"For the young girls, it's an industry that makes you not very confident. You'll hear things like, 'Not pretty enough.' 'Too fat.' 'Too skinny.' 'Your nose is too big.'I learned how to deal with it, but I'm 27 years old and I know how hard it is when I was 18 years old to deal with those things. I was a child."
On her beauty flaws:
"I've been modeling for 12 years and I can do it with my eyes closed. I know I'm pretty. But there are a lot of things that I don't like about myself. I wish I wasn't this white. I never get tan. I wish I could eat everything and not put on weight. Sometimes I wish I didn't have freckles."
On her love life in the spotlight:
"Honestly, it sucks, but it is what it is. People don't really realize that at the end of the day we all want to be loved. We all want to have normal families and relationships and kids. No one wants to get divorced and have someone create stupid dramas and articles about your relationship."
Photo Credit: Randall Slavin for Ocean Drive