Many young models are lured by the glamour and perks a career in international modelling can offer; yet the reality is few succeed. One Australian fashion model is determined to cement her position in the international modelling scene, working her way across continents to accomplish her dream. Her name is Anna Pembroke.
Currently living the high life in Paris, France, a talent scout discovered Anna at the age of 18 at a modelling competition in Brisbane. One year later, her career as a model began to flourish.
Signed with Major Models Paris and Viviens Model Management in Australia, Anna’s work includes posing for major editorials and perfume campaigns, as well as frequenting the catwalks at various collection shows. Her most unusual modelling assignment to date is a shoot she did for Harper's Bazaar in Malaysia.
“My head was bound with fabric. I could hardly breathe,” explains the brunette beauty.
No stranger to travel, Anna spent her childhood living in various Australian states and in England. Modelling has fed Anna’s travel bug, giving her the opportunity to experience new places including New York, Paris, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“I love seeing new cities. Every city has something special about it, something different to anywhere else.”
Of Paris, Anna says:
“It’s an amazing city. Some of the most talented photographers are based here. It has allowed me work with some great people and the shopping is fantastic. I love vintage shopping. Paris has incredible vintage shops and markets.”
Although acknowledging the benefits associated with being a model, she argues:
“It is a lot of hard work. It can be an unstable life, where you are constantly moving around and don’t really have any one place to call home. You make great friends but everyone is constantly coming and going.”
Anna is also acutely aware of the pressure placed on models to maintain very slender frames.
“There is a lot of pressure from the media and the industry to stay thin. I don’t agree with it but at the end of the day I don’t see it changing. I feel bad for girls; living in an apartment with other models you see how differently it affects every girl. It gets inside everybody’s head.”
To prepare for a shoot, Anna says she does “very little”.
“To be honest I don’t do much, I always make sure my hair and nails are clean. The team does everything else.” She describes being behind the camera as “like acting. I am somebody else.”
In her down time Anna enjoys watching movies, going out with her friends and dancing. If not a model, Anna says she would be working as an early childhood teacher (a qualification she commenced studying for prior to pursuing her modelling career).
On those rare days when Anna isn't modelling clothes, she can be found wearing “Black. Layers. Jeans. Boots.” Her favourite fashion designer is Galliano and her style icon is fellow Australian model, Abby Lee.
Three things Anna could not live without are her “phone, internet and music”. Rihanna is the artist currently playing on this supermodel’s Ipod.
Anna’s advice to aspiring models is to:
“roll with the punches and don’t ever be discouraged by knock backs.”
Where to next for her? "New York".
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