ANNA ERMAKOVA

ANNA ERMAKOVA’s stun­ning looks have caught the eye of the fash­ion world – and this is the 17-year-old as­pir­ing model’s first Bri­tish photo shoot. If she looks fa­mil­iar, that’s be­cause her fa­ther is Boris Becker

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Editor's Letter - PHO­TO­GRAPHS RACHELL SMITH

The up - and- com­ing model daugh­ter of Boris Becker gives her first Bri­tish in­ter­view

ON MY FIRST CAT­WALK I TOLD MY­SELF, ‘STOP SQUINTING AND WALK STRAIGHT!’”

My mother [for­mer model An­gela Ermakova] tells me not to let the crazi­ness of mod­el­ling go to my head, and to al­ways think first and act af­ter­wards. When I first walked down a cat­walk I told my­self, ‘Stop squinting, walk straight and try not to fall down!’ We are very close and are open about dis­cussing most top­ics as we know we can al­ways learn from each other.

I’m a born and bred Lon­doner and in­tend to stay in the cap­i­tal to study his­tory of art at univer­sity – hope­fully, Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don or the Cour­tauld In­sti­tute of Art. I try to make as much time for mod­el­ling as I can. School­work takes pri­or­ity, though – I’m study­ing A-lev­els in art, his­tory of art and French.

I con­sider my­self a fem­i­nist. It’s an im­por­tant is­sue that needs to be recog­nised and ac­knowl­edged. A lot of changes in the past decade have ad­vanced fe­male em­pow­er­ment and I look for­ward to be­ing part of the gen­er­a­tion that truly em­braces this.

I re­ally look up to [Amer­i­can plus-size model] Ash­ley

Gra­ham. I ad­mire her courage for try­ing to change the fash­ion world into be­ing more body pos­i­tive. I also ad­mire Jour­dan Dunn for be­ing the first black Bri­tish model to ap­pear on the cover of Bri­tish Vogue in 12 years [in Fe­bru­ary, 2015], which is shock­ing. I want to make a dif­fer­ence in the world – to be a strong, in­de­pen­dent mixed-race woman. I re­ally re­spect Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie, the Nige­rian au­thor and fem­i­nist, for her stance on po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues. She is par­tic­u­larly

vo­cal about women’s rights. Her TED talks and books are usu­ally based on her own ex­pe­ri­ences. I’m quite cre­ative. I love art and it gives me a chance to ex­press my­self in a way that’s both re­lax­ing and en­joy­able. I make art dur­ing the week and visit mu­se­ums or gal­leries at the week­end. His­tory of art also con­stantly in­spires me and shows the men­tal­ity of dif­fer­ent cul­tures in other times and places.

I picked up my first copy of Vogue when I was around 11. I dream about be­ing in it some­day. I saw the Vogue 100: A Cen­te­nary of Style ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery last year and was over­whelmed by its le­gacy. I look for­ward to see­ing [new Vogue edi­tor] Ed­ward En­nin­ful’s work and how he will bring his own unique flair to the mag­a­zine. My skin­care rou­tine is quite thor­ough. I get tips from my mum, my friends and from read­ing ar­ti­cles. I love play­ing around with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and face masks. I use lots of con­di­tioner and hair oils on my curls. I par­tic­u­larly love co­conut oil, with its amaz­ing smell, as my hair can get very dry.

I wanted to dye my hair baby pink – with its tex­tured ap­pear­ance it would look like can­dyfloss. But ev­ery­one told me to keep my nat­u­ral colour as it is quite un­usual and I am happy with that. Morn­ings are a strug­gle for me – I al­ways want to sleep more. I think it’s due to a mix­ture of

stay­ing up late and be­ing busy. I like to go out with my friends but I also get a lot of home­work, so it’s about find­ing the bal­ance.

I don’t have a boyfriend. But the qual­i­ties I’d like in my ideal man are hon­esty, kind­ness and the abil­ity to make me laugh.

My friends are amaz­ing. I trust them com­pletely and when I go out I mostly get ready with them as it’s more fun – do­ing make-up and pick­ing what to wear to­gether, while danc­ing and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. It gets me in the per­fect mood.

I am not very sporty. I re­ally en­joy swim­ming as it re­laxes me, es­pe­cially in the sum­mer when I’m by the sea – I go to Monaco ev­ery year with my mum as we have a lot of friends there. Other­wise, I some­times go to the gym or do pi­lates.

I am bilin­gual in English and Rus­sian, which is my mother’s first

lan­guage. I’m learn­ing French in school so I un­der­stand more than I can speak but I hope to be flu­ent some­day as it is such a beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic lan­guage. Queen Char­lotte’s Ball [a debu­tante event which Anna at­tended at Kens­ing­ton Palace in 2015] was a

lovely, un­usual ex­pe­ri­ence. I met a lot of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and I’ve kept in touch with a few of the girls, which is re­ally nice. All the dresses for the ball were de­signed by [bridal­wear de­signer] Emma Vic­to­ria Payne who helped me de­cide which gown I would wear. Then she al­tered the cut slightly for me.

There is so much pres­sure

when turn­ing 18. I’m not sure how I’ll cel­e­brate it next year. You be­come a le­gal adult with all the com­mit­ments tied to that and you have to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for all of your ac­tions. I am a bit scared, to be hon­est.

I have no idea what I’ll be do­ing in

five years. Hope­fully, I’ll be lead­ing a suc­cess­ful and happy life with pos­i­tive peo­ple sup­port­ing me, and do­ing good for the world. I think it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to help out those who are less for­tu­nate where you can. I do­nate monthly to Save the Chil­dren as it helps young peo­ple who are vul­ner­a­ble and un­able to sup­port them­selves.

I would love to be­come a muse to a pho­tog­ra­pher or de­signer some

day. I re­ally like art and fash­ion and I en­joy be­ing part of the fu­sion of the two when mod­el­ling. Of course, I still have a long way to go.

ANNA ERMAKOVA pho­tographed by RACHELL SMITH. DRESS, Bora Aksu

Left: ANNA WEARS FEATHER BLOUSE, Bar­rus

From far left: Anna with her mother An­gela; on the Riani and Bluma­rine cat­walks. Be­low: her fa­ther, for­mer ten­nis cham­pion Boris Becker DRESS, Bora Aksu

JUMP­SUIT, Tem­per­ley Lon­don. SHOES, Malone Souliers. RING, Alexia Jour­dan

Anna makes her en­trance at the 2015 Queen Char­lotte’s debu­tante ball in a gown de­signed by Emma Vic­to­ria Payne

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