Credit clothes image of cover ; Dress – Rora Clothing: @roraclothing Shoes – Ashley Lim: @ashleylim.co Earrings- Sterling King: @sterlingkingny Ring – Sheinfeld Rodriguez: @sheinfeldrodriguez
Essay by Ana Tess
Being just a model is hard to express your creative side. That’s why a lot of girls starting doing something else. For me, it was always styling. Growing up, I was surrounded by fashion magazines and cool clothes my mom bought for me or I picked. Although in real business it’s not just about how you dress up yourself, it is more about the story and concept behind each shoot.
This shoot is about a little girl in a big city. All those bright colors I’m wearing has a purpose. It’s very easy to blend in the crowd, which made me become driven by colors. Also during my model years, I had to wear a lot of black, now I’m mostly doing direct bookings which allows me to wear whatever I want. Like someone gave you wings again and you are starting over to build a brighter future.
I’m Ana Tess, model, who’s also developing as a stylist in Europe. I’ve started modeling a long time ago when I was 15. Everyone was telling me that I look like a model so I went to the model school and then it’s started. I was really passionate about modeling, watching all images at style.com (now Vogue Runway) right after the shows and videos on Youtube. Knew all collections and model names. So as now, but with a more professional view on this. I always loved both sides: walking an actual show and doing inside work like trend books, research etc. And I’m really thankful that I experienced both as I can understand more.
Currently, I’m based in NYC as a model, but rather often visiting Europe for work – modeling and styling. I actually miss European cities a lot being in America. Indeed, NYC is a huge market for fashion, with a lot of commercial opportunities. In other words, you can’t fully be established in fashion without America. A lot of major campaigns and editorials are made here.
Before moving to NYC I’ve been all over the world, mostly because of modeling. You don’t have to cover any travel and accommodation expenses so it’s an amazing opportunity for girls without wealthy parents. Because of their stats, they can begin an independent life. I’ve been signed with One Management and Decorum in NYC, Metropolitan in Paris, Model Plus and 2morrow in Milan, Respect Models in Istanbul, Muse in Shanghai. I have been published as a model in publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Rose&Ivy Journal, Tatler, Nylon and many others.
As I’ve mentioned before, I was always interested in both sides of fashion. I studied Journalism in one of the best schools in Russia – Lomonosov Moscow State University. And did an exchange program for a summer in London, studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Westminster. During my school years, I’ve did an internship at Condé Nast, Tatler magazine. After that I worked with a fashion blogger, creating content for her website.
Being in modeling, sometimes you have extremely busy periods, sometimes slow. During one of this slow periods, my friend photographer asked me to style her shoot. I used my contacts of fashion students, who provided me first samples. And so I’ve got some cool outfits from talented emerging designers.
So far as a stylist, I’ve been published in magazines like Solstice, DScene, Rose&Ivy Journal, Yoko, Forest, Lucy’s, Shape, Volant. I’m very thankful that I have such talented friends photographers with who I got a chance to shoot in my hometown, Moscow and some of my European trips. Many of them are also worked/working as models but started photography.
I don’t like planning far ahead as our life is unpredictable and gives us a lot of surprises every day. So far I’m enjoying my life in between countries and developing a new profession as well as successfully working in my established modeling.