The Daily Style Phile: Anja Rubik, High Fashion's High Earner

by Roxana Hernandez · June 16, 2011

    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

    Agency: Next

    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.



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    One of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris

    Ranked 3rd on the Top 50 Models Women list

    18th on the Top 25 Money Girls list (ranks the highest earning fashion models)

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    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."

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    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.”