It’s been said that every fashion season, one model puts her stamp on the shows to become the It girl of the moment. So what happens when that model happens to be the It girl, season after season, with no sign of slowing down? To find out, one need look no further than Anna Ewers, the top runway model working today and our February Influencer.
At the age of only 23, German-born, New York-based Ewers has graced dozens of magazine covers—including Vogue France, Vogue Japan, and Vogue UK, all just in 2017 so far—and walked the runway in hundreds of shows for Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, and many more, including Alexander Wang. Wang is of particular note because the designer had a hand in launching Ewers’ career in 2013 at the age of 19 when he spotted a photo of her on a blog and was instantly taken with her vibe, describing her as, “quietly confident and kind of nonchalant and unfussy about her sexuality and her beauty.”
We recently caught up with Ewers as she readies herself for another hectic round of shows as Fashion Month gets into full swing. Read on to see how she preps for the coming jet-set weeks, why she’d rather you stop comparing her to Brigitte Bardot, and what you’ll see her wearing when she’s not in front of the cameras.
The Window: What’s your favorite part of Fashion Month?
Anna Ewers: The energy—it is always fun and crazy.
Which is your favorite fashion city?
New York, because it’s home for me. It’s nice to be able to go home to my own bed, rather than back to a hotel room.
How have you been preparing for the insane month that lies ahead of you?
I am always prepared—I work out a lot and eat healthy. During the shows, I try to get as much sleep as possible.
It seems that, in a lot of ways, Alex Wang acted like your fairy godmother. Can you tell us a bit about that and your relationship with him today?
I owe him a lot and am very grateful. It’s been an incredible journey together. Most important to me is our friendship. We’ve shared some memories I will never forget. Business-wise, he always surprises me. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to come up with next.
You’ve worked all over the world—if you had to pick one favorite job, what would it be?
I don’t pick favorites. My first Prada campaign with Steven Meisel was really exciting, because it was the first campaign I ever shot. I really enjoy creating a character with the team.
You’re now a Brooklyn girl—what’s your favorite thing about the borough?
My hometown in the Black Forest of Germany is super green, and I went to school in a big city, Bogota. Brooklyn is a great mix of urban and gardens. My favorite thing about Brooklyn is the calmness. It’s so relaxing to come back home from the city after a long day of work.
You’ve been compared to both Claudia Schiffer and Brigitte Bardot, but if it were up to you, whom would you like to be compared to?
Comparisons are more about other people’s perception of me—I am honored that people see Claudia and Brigitte in me, but I feel like myself. I admire my friend and fellow model, Hanne Gaby Odiele, because she lives her life so openly. Her kindness and magnetism make her a strong role model. Plus, her personal style doesn’t suck!
How would you describe your personal style when you aren’t working?
In my free time, I prefer to be laidback, minimal, and effortless.
Do you have any fashion rules you live by?