The Story Of Anja Rubik
The Story of Anja Rubik
“I believe modeling is a combination of natural talent, the ability to adapt to different situations, hard work, and most importantly, luck” – Anja Rubik
Anja Rubik was born on June 12, 1985, in Czestochowa, Poland. The majority of her childhood she spent moving from country to country with her family. In 1988 she and her family moved to Greece and later they moved to Canada and to Umtata, South Africa. Anja Rubik was introduced to modeling while attending a British high school in Paris. Anja Rubik’s childhood dreams of becoming a model were fulfilled after she entered a local contest in 2000 and was discovered a representative of a Parisian modelling agency. Later that year, Anja Rubik made her professional debut with a series of appearances on the catwalk for esteemed labels such as Givenchy and Nina Ricci.
Rubik wanted to graduate from school before officially becoming a model. She only worked on weekends or school holidays. Anja Rubik started to work full time in the fashion industry in 2002, when she moved to New York. After being there for just a few months, Burberry, Stella McCartney, and Jil Sander enlisted her to walk their fall shows in Milan and Paris. In 2005, Style.com named Anja Rubik one of 2005’s Top Ten Models. Later in 2005 she was named the face of Emporio Armani and Emanuel Ungaro. The same year she posed for Mario Testino in a Fall ad campaign for Jimmy Choo. Later, Anja Rubik was also the face of Tod’s (2006), Chloe’ (2008), Oscar de la Renta (2008), Gucci and Giorgio Armani (2009) and Fendi (2010).
Anja Rubik’s profile continued to rise as the months progressed, with 2006 being a particularly lucrative year for the model. In addition to signing with Estee Lauder, Anja Rubik also shot a spot for Dolce & Gabbana, opened Valentino’s spring show and graced the cover of international fashion magazine Numero. In 2007 she signed a fragrance contract with Estee Lauder Beautiful. In 2008 along with Clemence Poesy and Chloe Sevigny, Anja Rubik was named the face of a new fragrance simply entitled Chloe. The same year, Anja Rubik was featured alongside Raquel Zimmerman and Hilary Rhodain in a photo spread for V Magazine entitled “Blonde Ambition.”
She has been highlighted on the fronts of different magazines, including French, Korean, Latin American, Japanese, Spanish, Australian, and German Vogue, Korean and French Numéro, Nylon and Elle. She has demonstrated for such creators/brands as Givenchy, Chloé, Christian Dior, Hermès, Valentino, Gucci, H&M, Crevice, Lanvin, Balmain, Belstaff, Armani, Lacoste, DKNY, Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Estee Lauder, Roberto Cavalli, and Chanel. She has additionally done high fashion for Valentino, Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Elie Saab. Along the way, Anja Rubik was photographed by the world’s best photographers: Steven Meisel photographs Rubik for Dolce & Gabbana (2006); Patrick Demarchelier photographs Rubik for Tommy Hilfiger in Alaska (2006); Karl Lagerfeld photographs Rubik for Chanel eyewear (2007); Steven Meisel photographs Rubik for Dsquared2 and Belstaff (2008); Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot Anja in a campaign for Armani (2009).
She showed up in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Victoria’s Mystery Design Shows. Vogue Paris declared Rubik one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. As of May 2010, she is ranked 3rd, behind Natasha Poly and Lara Stone, on the Top 50 Models Women list and 18th on the Top 25 Money Girls list, which ranks the highest earning high fashion models in the industry, by models.com. As of September 2012, she has been ranked as a modelling icon. In 2009 Rubik was featured in the fitness video game Yoga Wii for the Wii home console. She was also an inspiration for a character in the manga “The One” as the main character Cane Lele. Since 2010, she has appeared on Top Model Zostań modelką, the Polish edition of America’s Next Top Model. In 2011 she was featured in the 2011 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Anja Rubik was one of the models to star in Lacoste’s “new look” campaign in January, a different advertising concept for 2011 under the new tagline, “Unconventional Chic”. The ads were shot by Mert and Marcus, showing models wearing the iconic white Lacoste polo shirts worn over fancy black evening wear. In 2013 she was ranked third on Vogue’s “Top 10 Models of 2013” list. In 2014 she became the host and a judge of the Polish version of the reality show Project Runway TVN. She is a favourite model of Karl Lagerfeld.
In 2012, Rubik founded and created 25 Magazine. The contributors include Inez and Vinoodh, Marina Abramović, Nobuyoshi Araki, Daniel Arsham, Paola Kudacki, Alex Prager, Hedi Slimane, Isabel Marant and Yoann Lemoine. In September 2015, Rubik made her directorial debut by directing Issue 04’s teaser film featuring Andreea Diaconu and themed around the power and impact of the five senses. In 2014, Rubik starred in a music video for the song Chleb by Mister D., a music project of the Polish author Dorota Masłowska.
During fashion week season, Anja Rubik is extremely busy. When her demanding schedule allows, she enjoys going to the cinema and scuba diving.