The secret to becoming a supermodel? Be nice!
Published 06/03/2014 | 10:22
Anne Vyalitsyna thinks the most important thing about modelling is to be "nice".
The fashion star is one of the coaches on Naomi Campbell's US TV show The Face, a competition which fulfils a hopeful model's dreams.
She is joined by Lydia Hearst on the programme, which sees the three stars mentoring the contestants.
When asked what the best piece of advice she has ever received throughout her career is, Anne shared something simple.
"I think the most important thing is that you have to be nice, and you have to be professional because at the end of the day, what we do is a job; you’re there for a reason. It’s also important that you bring a lot of personality, because that’s how you will stand out in front of all the other girls," she explained to modelinia.com.
Lydia, who joined Anne for the interview, agreed with the tip. While she had a helping hand with getting into the industry the flame-haired beauty is determined to remain grounded.
"I was lucky in the sense that when I first started out in fashion I did have Carol Alt as both a friend and a mentor. One of the best pieces of advice that she gave me that still stands out in my head to this day, is that you have to really focus on the now and stop focusing on the next thing, because it’s so easy to lose sight of everything that’s happening right now," Lydia recalled.
"When she told me that I was about 18 years old, the same age as the girls who are the contestants on the show. It's important to remember that in fashion everything happens and changes so quickly. You need to remember that you should be having fun and enjoying the moment because no matter what you’re doing it is exciting."
The winner of The Face will become the face and ambassador for Frederic Fekkai, a haircare brand. Lydia listed the qualities which she thinks the successful girl should hold before taking on such a life-changing role.
"Being beautiful just isn’t enough. You have to have to have the courage and the inner strength, and you have to really test yourself," she revealed.
"You have to have the personality and the professionalism, and you have to be willing to work hard and put in the hours. It’s also important that you’re well versed in who it is you’re working for."