Many people like to be a model. Modeling can be financially rewarding and also provide many other benefits; a lot of people find the profession exciting and enjoy the varied experiences, while exploring new cultures and countries, meeting new people and most importantly being part of the fascinating world of fashion industry.
Anna, we like to start with some questions to introduce you as model. So why modelling?
I have to pay my bill while study to board my medical diploma.
What do you love most about modelling?
Adventure: you can and you have to be different every day.
Define your personal style.
Shorts, jeans, sneakers, hoodies, iphone with music and earphones.
Who would you say is your 'style muse'?
Your favourite designer is… ?
Classics ( in my point of view) : Valentino, Chanel, Versace
Find my self and to be happy :)
If you could be anywhere else but here, where would you go?
Where my heart is - my family!
Anna, please give us your view and personal experience about education and health in the business. Maybe you can start with your education.
Sport always was a big part of my life. Other than being very active with my parents and my brother (every weekend we spent in some kind of a camp in the forest) I took dance classes, swimming, gymnastic… But the real change happened in the fourth grade when I started to play basketball and did it until the last year at school, when I put all effort to education. In Belarus we have a totally different education system and to be good in sport will kind of help you at university, but nothing will help you more than a knowledge. My parents have never told my brother or me what to do in our lives except one thing – education! So, to have a high education was not negotiable! As a result – I am a fully graduated medical doctor in Belarus and for my work history there I have never stopped education and took addition classes for new specializations and to learn more and more.
After I got my medical diploma it was a time to be back to sport but from the other side – I got a personal trainer license (pilates, bodyshape, callanetics, yoga). Being in the USA definitely has changed my life “from head to toe”! But people never change and I am way too stubborn to stop learning as much as possible and I still do WO every day. You just need to understand, that it is just a part of your life and to put it on the same level of necessity as breath or eat. And it is not about time or finances: I used to waked up at 3.30 am (after went to bed at 11 pm) every day to do my WO to be able to make it on time at work 75 ml drive away from home or when I worked for 96 hours/week (yes, 96) I still found time for my WO. Obviously level of intensity and a duration of WO is different every day ….. Just do your best! And the more you don’t want to do it, the more you will be proud of yourself after you did it!
We often hear about the demanding diet and exercise regimens of female models. What is your opinion on that issue?
We all have our desired level of physical appearance and for me it is not about being a “fat free” model. I want to be fit and the most important healthy. It is important to understand that “diet is not about starvation, it is about culture of eating”. I follow a simple rule: “Eat clean, exercise dirty!” No way around! My solution to eat clean is to cook by myself so I know what I put in and it is pretty cost effective. Of cause I do not cook 4 meals every day from scratch! Buying in bulk or on sale, spending 2-3 hours for a meal prep for a week and to freeze is my way to go. Another helpful tip is to always have some healthy snacks on hand so when you unexpectedly feel hungry, you will reach for a “good” food, because it is convenient … especially if you have no junk food in your refrigerator :) At the end of a day “you will always find another job but you will never find another Health”!
Anna, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world and your views on health and education