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 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