In conversation with Anna Jagodzinska

 

The blond beauty is one of the most successful models of the past decade and has posed on the covers of international Vogue magazines alongside Liya Kebede and Natalia Vodianova and served as the face of brands like Prada, Calvin Klein, and Tom Ford.

We sat down with Anna Jagodzinska to talk about her modelling career and the role sustainability plays in her life and the industry.


I’m sure you get asked this question a lot - how did your modelling career start and how do you remember your first casting, catwalk, campaign?

Yes, this is probably the most frequently asked question in the interviews. I guess people are always fascinated with “how it all started” (laughs). I had my first casting when I was 15 and winning it was a golden ticket to my career. Right after, I went to Japan for the first time in my life to star my very first contract. You can imagine how everything must have felt for a young girl - I was excited about literally everything. I carry so many precious memories, but most importantly I’m grateful for the chance to have worked with so many creative and talented people on every stage of my early career.

How did it feel to be featured as the first Polish model on the cover of American Vogue?

Great joy and gratitude for the whole team who was on set and to myself that conscientious work paid off. A lot of top models participated in that specific Vogue shoot in 2009 and you never really know what material would be approved by Anna Wintour and finally go to print, and especially on the cover of the magazine! In my case it was a very positive surprise. It was a time when I was constantly traveling and spent most of my time at the airports. I was giving 200% of myself at work, so it was the culmination of sacrifice and hard work.

Image: American Vogue’s highly anticipated “The Faces of the Moment” cover featuring Liya Kebede, Anna Jagodzinska, Natalia Vodianova, (front cover) Isabeli Fontana, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmermann, Caroline Trentini & Natasha Poly (pull out) by Steven Meisel.

How do you see the model industry these days and how do you compare it to the industry that you started in?

When I started my journey with the modeling industry the times were completely different. Now that we live in the Instagram age, everything seems to be at our fingertips, everything seems simpler and you can really start your career in a whole new way. When I was taking my first steps in the fashion industry nothing came easy without hard work. It all depended on your mindset, determination and goals. I'm also very proud that I had a chance to experience working with analogue film camera for example, which seems pretty obsolete in the fast-pasted, digital-oriented reality today. I also think that fashion industry may seem very easy and superficial to an observer looking at it from the outside. Well, it really is years of sacrifice - living on suitcases, being constantly judged and not always appreciated. Having said that, I was very lucky to be able to work with the best people in my profession - from photographers, stylists to make-up artists.

Do you think the model industry is becoming more sustainable? If so, how?

The world is changing and so are people’s needs - it feels that we are verifying and adjusting a lot of aspects of our life these days. And let’s not forget that fashion takes inspiration from what’s around us and often reflects the current state of political and social events. In this respect there are no restrictions in fashion. More than that, I think we will all agree that trends are constantly repeating. Fashion goes back and forth between eras and references and I find it fascinating that our wardrobes don’t really change, only the times change. I always look at clothes and fashion in a sustainable and responsible way - I love vintage stores as well as giving my clothes second a life by reselling them.

Images: Anna Jagodzinska and David Gandy starring in the Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Beauty campaign shot by Mario Testino (left), and Anna Jagodzinska on the cover of Vogue Beauty Poland shot by Mateusz Satnkiewicz

How would you describe your style? What do you like to wear during the day and who are your favourite designers?

For everyday wardrobe I value comfort with a touch of classics. That is, a good quality cotton shirt, jeans, a jacket and comfortable shoes. At home or at the lake house, of course, a tracksuit (laughs). My style is casual, elegant and, at times when required by situation, chick. I love simplicity. Here is a list of the designers I often reach for: Gabriela Hearst, Chanel, Max Mara, and Raey.

 

You share your life between London and the rest of the world. Would you call London your home? What makes someone a Londoner?

My home is where I am with my family at the time. It doesn't matter if I'm in London, in the South of France or in Poland. London happens to be my base and a Londoner can be anyone who loves the city for it’s freedom, diversity and absorbs it as it is.

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"I find it fascinating that our wardrobes don’t really change, only the times change."

Anna Jagodzinska


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