Who is Anna Andres?
Many of you know her already from the early days of JetsetBabe. I discovered her back in 2013 when she had just moved from “vKontakte” to Instagram to use that as her main platform.
Today she’s got almost 700k followers and is classified as a social media influencer. Many of us in the JetsetBabe community are following her success, as she is an inspiration to us with her impeccable style and classy appearance.
When I wrote my book “How to be classy,” one of the people I always had in the back of my mind was Anna. She is elegant, almost effortlessly. She never seems like she’s trying too hard. Instead, that’s just how she is – a classy woman by nature.
But it’s not only that, what I find to be so captivating with Anna, besides her beautiful appearance, is the kind and positive energy that she transmits. While many woman love to play on being provocative with an aggressive touch, it feels like Anna has nothing to prove. She is just herself, sweet and normal, which is what adds that high level of class to her. I love it. I think she is one of the most inspiring women on Instagram out there today, and we need people like that in a less-classy Kim Kardashian era.
A few days ago I got the chance to meet Anna.
She is currently in London for work and personal reasons, so we decided to meet at the Dorchester hotel in London for some tea. As she walked in with her gorgeous Vetements boots, metallic jacket, Chanel purse and cool jeans, I knew that was Anna. She looked exactly like her pictures on Instagram, and yes she is as beautiful in real life – no photoshop abuse what so ever on this girl!
As we said Hello, I could feel a positive vibe about her, she was friendly and open, just the impression I had got from social media.
Basic info about Anna Andres
Born: November 17th, 1993
Nationality: Ukranian, Born in Lviv, Ukraine
Lives: Based in Kiev, Ukraine, but is often traveling
Height: 177 cm – 5,8″
Education: Law and interior design
Occupation: Social Media Influencer, Model, TV presenter
Family: Annas parents are divorced, and she is an only child. From her dad’s side, she has got one-half sister. Her relationship with her mother is very close; they are like best friends.
Social Media: Instagram @ann.andres Facebook facebook.com/annetandres
The life of Anna Andres
It all started with modeling for Anna.
She was discovered in a coffee shop at the age of 15 in her hometown, meeting a woman who worked with beauty pageants. Anna got her foot into the model business this way, and it continued as she started doing pageants and going for castings.
Eventually, she took herself to places like Shang-hai and Milan working full-time with modeling and doing quite well. In 2014, she won the title Miss Ukraine but later resigned, with the reason that she wanted to focus on studies.
Anna admits, the modeling industry wasn’t her cup of tea, as it was too stressful and she quickly understood it wasn’t how she had imagined it to be.
Today she only does occasional modeling, only on projects that she feels passionate about and not because it’s her main pursuit anymore.
Having already a degree in law from University, Anna took one year off when she lived in Milan and studied interior design at the Instituto Marangoni.
Her English skills are excellent due to this experience, but she told me she has also taken English month-long courses in both London and at Cambridge University.
As her social media presence took off five years ago, Anna has got numerous work opportunities thanks to her Instagram. She worked for six months as a TV presenter for a Ukranian TV channel, covering stories from Cannes Film Festival, Milan Fashion week and jewelry expos. Perhaps Anna got a feel for being in front of the camera, as she was mentioning she would love to do acting and work with movies.
But her most significant plan right now, although it’s only in the planning stage yet, is creating her own jewelry line. For now, she is trying to put together the right team, but having well-known friends in jewelry like Grisogono, I’m sure there won’t be anything else but success when this project launches! I’m excited, as I feel it would suit Annas brand very well!
On her free time, Anna has multiple hobbies. She loves equestrian sports and skiing. In fact, she’s been skiing since she was eight years old, making her an experienced skier. She loves hitting the black slopes in her favorite ski resort “St Moritz.” When I ask her how come, she says it’s beautiful there, calm and less Russians. She is not so much into the whole Courchevel thing, although occasionally she goes there too.
Besides sports as her hobbies, she reads a lot of Russian literature and enjoys watching old movies. But whenever she is traveling, she makes sure to visit as many galleries, museums, and exhibitions she can, as he have a big interest in art. Her mother is an artist and a designer, which could be where Anna gets her creative gene from.
Anna is a JetsetBabe in my opinion, and she travels a lot.
She calls herself to be a Citizen of the world, and I think that suits her! When I asked her about her favorite places in the world, she mentioned London and LA. Her favorite hotel in the world is “Hotel du cap Eden Roc”, located in Antibes, which is also one of her most desired destinations for summer travel. There are yet many places for Anna to discover; she would like to see more of northern Europe, like Scottland, Ireland, Scandinavia and Iceland. She describes herself to love activity vacations as she gets bored only being on the beach.
For New Years she is thinking of going to Cape town (a popular hot spot for jet-setters during NYE), and making a safari trip in South Africa. She seemed excited about it, and I can imagine as the wilderness is one of the most beautiful things on earth
During our interview, I didn’t touch very deep on personal questions because I could sense in Anna’s energy that she’s a private person. Anna told me how she doesn’t like to talk so much about her private life, and would only do so with the few people that she trusts. She says that she’s an introvert and careful, she doesn’t want to give people things to gossip about and I understand her completely.
We touch briefly on her civil status, and she shared that she’s in a relationship. When I asked her about future plans, if she wants marriage and kids anytime soon, she answered in a relaxed way “I’m still very young.”
I like that; Anna has the modern woman’s mentality.
She explained, “Everyone in Eastern Europe stresses to get married and have kids by the age of 20-25, but I’m in no hurry, maybe until I’m 30. Right now I don’t feel ready although I would love to get married and have children in the future”
I get her, she has everything going for her now, with great business opportunities and a bright future, and plenty of time to get both a family and a career.
Anna Andres and her looks
Now perhaps to something that many of us are keen to know more about. What does she do to look so incredibly polished? Does she have any beauty secrets? What about her fashion?
Let me break it down for you…
Annas Beauty Secret
As cliché as it might sound, but Anna must get her seven or eight hours of sleep per night. Otherwise, she claims it shows immediately in her appearance. She gets dark circles under her eyes, a terrible mood and she doesn’t function properly throughout the day. According to her, no creams, beauty treatments or makeup will ever make her look good if she doesn’t get her sleep. She aims to go to bed latest by 11 pm, to wake up sometime between 7-8 am. For her this is ideal, and she tries to stick to it as much as possible.
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She says her skincare routine is very standard, but she has since several years back, only been using products from Biologique Recherche. She loves this brand. Telling me how she started off by trying their famous facial tonic P50, but now has the entire line. In the past, she’s had problems with acne due to lactose intolerance but has now excluded all dairy from her diet, and her skin then cleared up. The use of Biologique Recherche and treatments of the Italian peeling brand “PRX-T 33” has contributed to getting perfect skin. She loves this treatment and also has the home kit. It helps her smoothen out the skin tone, remove any outbreaks and fine lines.
Besides Biologique Recherche, she uses additional products as masks. Once a week she puts on for 15 minutes the Night Repair Facial Mask from Esteé Lauder before going to bed. It gives her a lifting effect while making the skin perfectly smooth.
The other one is “Masque Creme A La Rose Noire” from Sisley. It’s a transparent mask that does plumping, lifting and hydrates the face. A favorite thing to do for Anna on long-haul flights is to wear this mask and some eye patches. The skin gets tired from the altitude, so why not killing two birds with one stone when she’s bored on a flight.
Biologique Recherche creme contour les yeux
Biologique Recherche Gel Adn Silkgen
Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta
Biologique Recherche Serum Amniotique E.
Biologique Recherche Creme Placenta
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
Biologique Recherche Lotion Pigm 400
Biologique Recherche Lait U
Rexaline Hydra-Shock Hyper Hydrating Rejuvenating Mask
Sisley Masque Creme A La Rose Noire
HL Always Active Alpha Complex Rapid Exfoliator
Bioderma Sébium Global (She uses this as a face wash)
Bioderma Sébium H2O (She uses this if she get breakouts)
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Mask
Annas Make Up
Her favorite makeup brand is Tom Ford. She uses mostly his products, like a highlighter, eyeshadows, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and so on. But she says she also likes Dior.
Her usual makeup routine is relatively basic. She wears a BB cream or tinted day cream as a base, a little bit of mascara, rouge, lipstick, and fills in her eyebrows with a pencil. When she goes out at night, she adds eyeliner, eyeshadow and a little bit of highlighter.
Her hair is all natural, no extensions and you soon understand she is cautious with how she treats it. She washes it every second day, although she wishes she could wash it every day, as she loves the feeling of clean hair. Most of the styling she does herself, she is not the girl who will be running doing blowdries at salons all the time, and perhaps it’s because she has her own system for this process. She only dries with cold air, admits it takes her forever, but she wants to avoid taking the risk of damaging it.
With this, she uses a volumising powder like Cutrin or Osis (see images), she puts it in the roots and brushes her hair upside down with a gentle, high-quality brush.
Once a week she puts DSD de Luxe Anti-Hairloss Restructuring Keratin products on her hair for protection. She swears by it, claiming it seals the hair, making it stronger and feels much fuller.
DSD de Luxe Anti-Hairloss Restructuring Keratin
Osis+ Dust it Flex
Cutrin Dust Matt Powder
How Anna Stays Fit
Minimum 3-4 times a week, Anna trains. She usually does it first thing in the morning. If she does cardio, she will train before breakfast, if she does strength training, she will eat a small bite beforehand. Anna loves running, and most of the times she jogs to her gym as a warm-up. She finds running to be the most effective on her when she wants to burn any excess fat on her stomach or sides after an indulging weekend.
Each morning she also does 60 squats, 20×3 reps and she feels by investing a few minutes every day, you end up getting great results if you’re consistent.
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Overall Anna doesn’t train to lose weight; she does it so she can look toned.
She says her metabolism is fast and she doesn’t quickly gain weight, which is why she can allow herself to eat her favorite cuisine (Italian) one or twice a week. But most of the time she would eat healthy, as she knows what an impact correct nutrition has on her skin and how it helps her keeping her body free from cellulite.
She does, however, drink coffee in the morning, which she knows is not very healthy. Her standard breakfast is usually porridge with banana or blueberries, and sometimes scrambled eggs with salmon. For Anna breakfast is the most important meal of the day, she instead has a big breakfast than a big dinner.
Anna and Fashion
Anna tells me, back in the days she used to love wearing all the luxurious garments. Today her style is more modern and minimalistic, wearing contemporary Russian designers and famous fashion houses like Balenciaga, Celine, and YSL. Anything that is simple and minimal, without any embellishments or extras.
She wears high-street brands too, claiming she can find great bargains at Zara, Topshop, and H&M. For bags, however, she would only buy anything that is of very high quality, and that is an investment. Her favorite designers are Hermès and Chanel, and she admits that she collects bags amongst Chanel Tweed Jackets. For her spending money on anything classic, is never a waste, because she can keep this forever and perhaps pass on to her kids one day.
When asking about her unique style, Anna says she doesn’t have a particular fashion icon, and neither is she trying to look in a particular way. She feels fashion is a reflection of how you feel on your inside and portrays your inner self. For that reason she doesn’t put any thought behind, what you see is just who she is, as she dresses with her own taste and that creates her unique style.
Curious about what she wears for travels, as we rarely see any airplane photos in her feed, she tells me she is extremely casual on flights. Always without makeup, wearing a sports costume or jeans with sneakers and just extremely relaxed. Her focus is more on comfort, especially is she is doing long-haul travel.
Anna and Instagram
As I mentioned at the beginning, Anna began posting images of herself on the Russian version of Facebook called “vKontakte” (also known as VK). She managed to get a large following there, which built the foundation for her Instagram presence which she created in 2013.
It was easy to get followers for her, as she already had a fan base and her images were already popular and shared amongst people. She says never had a strategy or purpose with her social media. She simply enjoyed uploading beautiful, high-quality photos and people seemed to like it!
When asking who takes all her photos, she says it often happens spontaneously with friends or by her own mother. Sometimes she posts pictures from fashion shoots, but she never schedules shoots just to use as material for Instagram.
In fact, she tells me she knows she could have much more followers by now if only she was the type who uploaded several times a day and treated her account as a full-time job, but she doesn’t want to. She feels she’s already too much on her smartphone as it is and she rather enjoys life than obsess about Instagram.
I’m curious to find out the secret to her stunning photos, and she says she sometimes instructs the photographer to take it sitting down, from an angle slightly from below. It makes her look proportionate and tall.
She uses her iPhone camera a majority of the time and does not use any other fancy equipment or cameras. Anna is very simple in that way; you would have thought she has people managing her account too for example? But no, she does everything herself.
Like any other social influencer, she gets a lot of offers for collaborations and free products. Anna is very selective, and if you look at her feed, you will rarely find any promotion.
In fact, she tells me that she most of the times only help family and friends to promote something, and it’s always free of charge. Sometimes if she loves a product from some brand that reaches out to her, she can agree on collaborating, but that’s very rare.
I like Anna; she is so down to earth!
I’m very happy I got this opportunity to chat with her, and I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It will be exciting following her journey in social media and with the various projects that are in the pipeline for her.
Most of all I wish her all the success on her journey, and I can’t wait for more, beautiful content that she regularly spoils us with on Instagram. Thank you Anna for this interview.