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Anna Ewers, 23, is be­ing de­mo­graph­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate: She’s on the phone while play­ing ping pong in Brook­lyn’s Wil­liams­burg, the spir­i­tual home of 23-year-old mod­els. “I’m play­ing ping pong for my work­out,” she says jok­ingly. The Ger­man­born model adds, very Ger­man­i­cally, “I was play­ing yes­ter­day for two hours. And to­day, I’m play­ing for an­other two hours!” It’s ac­tu­ally some rare time spent at home for Ewers, who in the first three weeks of the year has al­ready logged work trips to Mex­ico, Bar­ba­dos, and Los An­ge­les. Ewers’s mo­ment, launched by Alexan­der Wang in his Spring/Sum­mer ’14 show, has dis­played no sign of ebbing. Be­sides more than 100 ed­i­to­ri­als and mag­a­zine cov­ers, she is a face of Wang, Ba­len­ci­aga, and Boss, trans­form­ing from Teu­tonic min­i­mal­ist to comely Bar­dot with a sweep of eye­shadow. For the Cle­mente ses­sion, Ewers was very much her­self—well, a Versace ver­sion of her­self. When I’d sug­gested the idea of hav­ing her por­trait done by him, she jumped at the chance. “It’s so amaz­ing that he painted me. He is a su­per fa­mous artist, so it’s re­ally cool,” she says. “I think he cap­tured me as I am,” she says of her three-hour sit­ting. “And we took a few cig­a­rette breaks, which was re­ally good.”

Ewers has had a long ap­pre­ci­a­tion (for a 23-year-old) of art. Her favourite paint­ing is An­drew Wyeth’s haunt­ing Christina’s World. Like so many girls, she has a post­card of it bought from a mu­seum store. “I don’t know why I love it so much,” she says. “It’s just an amaz­ing paint­ing.” She also has a love of Se­bastião Sal­gado’s pho­tog­ra­phy. “I go to mu­se­ums to look at things, and I get lost.”

Her 20s, so far, has been work­ing out just great. “They’ve prob­a­bly been the most ex­cit­ing years of my life. A lot is go­ing on.” While she’s more es­tab­lished, she’s si­mul­ta­ne­ously more hec­tic. “I am get­ting more and more work, but at the same time, I’m get­ting into the rhythm and get­ting used to trav­el­ling so much.” She adds with the light­est boast, “Oh, I can sleep when­ever, wher­ever.” What about cof­fee? “I can also drink a lot of cof­fee and sleep af­ter­ward. I think it’s be­cause I’m young.” (In­sert a yelp from ev­ery thir­tysome­thing woman on earth.)

In a rel­a­tively short ca­reer, there have been many high­lights. “My first cover!” Ewers pru­dently notes of her de­but on our pages last year. “My first Ba­len­ci­aga show. My first Prada cam­paign, be­cause it was my first big cam­paign. And my first Alexan­der Wang cam­paign, which was def­i­nitely the most ex­cit­ing one be­cause I was just start­ing out, and I was like, ‘Whoa, this is amaz­ing.’”

Ask about an older woman Ewers ad­mires and she rather adorably replies, “Daria Wer­bowy [who is 32]. She’s su­per­cool, she’s not too much on so­cial me­dia, and I don’t think she cares too much about fash­ion— like I don’t.” Ewers has yet to meet Wer­bowy, “but her ca­reer is im­pres­sive, and she’s su­per chill.”

Ewers’s style is also su­per chill. She wears a lot of Alexan­der Wang, as she is close friends with the de­signer. “Too many navy and grey cash­mere sweaters!” she says. “It’s a prob­lem.” A night out, and she’s in “a lit­tle black dress, black heels, a lit­tle eye, and a cute lip.” Skin­care? “I love Weleda. It’s Ger­man. It’s good.” Favourite des­ti­na­tion? “My dream is to go to Mon­go­lia. I’m go­ing in Au­gust. I need to go to places that are wilder than Paris, Mi­lan, and Lon­don.” And, fi­nally, favourite meal? “Spaghetti Bolog­nese. I shouldn’t eat it of­ten, but I eat a lot of it.” Ah, the joys of be­ing 23.

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