Name: Anna Cleveland
Who’s that girl? As the daughter of legendary model Pat Cleveland – who gained notoriety as Salvador Dali’s muse and a Halston house model in its 1970s heyday– and photographer Paul van Ravenstein, fashion is undoubtedly in Anna’s blood.
Tell me something I don’t know: Dutch-born Italian-raised Anna made her catwalk debut 21 years ago at the tender age of four for Moschino.
Calling card: Her rich ancestry and truly compelling features - sky-high cheekbones, regal nose, hooded eyes – are fast becoming highly sought after for editorials and by brands. In the past few months alone she’s graced the cover of LOVE and Vogue Italia and fronted campaigns for Bottega Veneta and Lanvin. Meanwhile on the fashion weeks catwalk she’s been unstoppable from New York to Paris.
Finest hour: Pirouetting down the catwalk to close the GILES A/W15 show at LFW in a digital print pleated taffeta gown; a jaw-dropping finale received with rapturous applause. She walked for GILES again for S/S 16, this time waving a magic wand as she pranced gaily past the audience in an Elizabethan bodysuit and frock coat.
Giles says: “I first became aware of Anna after Katie Grand casted her in a Marc Jacobs show. I thought she was wonderful and couldn't wait to see her in London. She’s owned the floor for the past two seasons - from the dazzling final look for A/W 15 to her hypnotic stick twirling in S/S 16 – she always brings such energy and character.”
Anna says: “Being a muse is being amusing. It's taking a vision and creating reality,” Anna told CNN. “I think for me it becomes not of myself, it becomes for them. You're an extension of them. I like to call it chameleon-izing. I like to play different characters; this dress makes me feel like a catwoman; this dress makes me feel like a princess, etc.”