It seems like she has it all. After over a decade of modeling, Anja Rubik has become one of the highest earning high-fashion models in the industry. She's been featured in a video game, over a dozen different magazine covers and is engaged to longtime boyfriend, model Sasha Knezevic.
Born: June 11, 1985
Hometown: Czestochowa, Poland
Lives Now: New York, NY
Status: Engaged to Sasha Knezevic
She was first introduced to modeling while she was attending a British high school in Paris. She wanted to finish her education before becoming a model and so only worked on school holidays.
She then began her modeling career soon after graduating and almost immediately became a top model. She's been featured on the cover of various magazines including French, Korean, Latin American, Japanese, Spanish, Austrailian, and German Vogue, Korean and French Numero, Nylon and Elle.
She has also modeled for designers/brands such as Givenchy, Chloe, Dior, Herems, Valentino, Gucci, Lavin, Armani, Lacoste, Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, H&M and has been in Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows in 2009 and 2010.
Wii: Yoga The first 100% Experience
Known as a very enthusiastic yoga practitioner, she not only graced the cover of Wii's fitness video game Yoga in 2009, but she also accompanies players during exercises providing motivation.
On Posing Nude:
She explains why she decided to turn down the offer to pose nude for Pirelli's 2010 calendar shot by Terry Richardson but decided to pose nude for this year's calendar put together by Karl Lagerfeld.
"Only because I know he would push it a little but more, in a way that would be very naked and I know that I wouldn't go there, probably. So that's why it was stupid to accept the challenge. Because I thought I wouldn't be capable. And you think.. how it's going to come out, because he has a different kind of take of that, a little bit more on the edge of, you know, i don't want to say vulgar but on the very, very edge of it. There were supposed to be a lot of girls and he likes to shoot a lot of girls with girls and I just didn't think I'd feel comfortable. that's why."
I had a huge change when I cut my hair, I started to feeling more and more feminine and more comfortable with my body and everything. And now, just felt like the right time to do it. Always [if] they ask you and you feel comfortable, you say yes. I mean I did do nude...from the side, but I would always have strings and they would retouch them out."
“I believe modeling is a combination of natural talent, the ability to adapt to different situations, hard work, and, most importantly, luck.”
Wednesday, June 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.