Anna Collins Went From Tumblr Guru to Fashion Week’s Coolest New Model

Petra Collins’s little sister on making her runway debut and using art to inspire.

Anna Collins has plenty to smile about. “I laugh maybe 98 percent of the time,” shared Collins during a break after Coach’s Fall 2018 show. “I don’t think there is anything super-challenging [about the job], but I always want to be 110 percent with everything I do.” Collins’s ability to give her all has paid off in the world of modeling. Making her debut at Stuart Vevers’s Coach extravaganza alongside top faces including Kaia Gerber and Adwoa Aboah, she enjoyed an auspicious introduction to fashion month.

Fall may have marked her first show, but for lovers of photography she’s a recognizable name thanks to big sis Petra. “I first got into modeling by playing around with my sister,” says Collins. “She’s been photographing me throughout the years as I’ve grown up.” Those dreamy images have made their way into magazines, onto the walls of galleries, and on social media, where Collins is among Gen Z’s brightest talents. Whether she was turning her Tumblr into an advice column, collaborating with stars such as Selena Gomez, or inviting fans into her world via her candid Instagram posts, she’s used her platforms to inspire young women. Here, she talks teaching ballet, walking her first runway, and what she’d love to do next.

On teaching ballet

“Modeling isn’t my day job, but there are so many [models I enjoy]. Paloma Elsesser is one of the funniest people I know and obviously gorgeous. My other passion is teaching and dancing. When I’m not modeling, I’m usually teaching in the evenings. So, even though that counts as work, my favorite thing is to teach ballet to my amazing young dancers back home.”

On giving back

“I am a part of the Dance for PD program. I have seen the sheer benefit people with Parkinson’s have gained from taking these amazing dance classes. The program started in Brooklyn and has spread so quickly and created such an amazing community. I’d love to see this program get even larger.”

On engaging with fashion

“Fashion has never been my main focus, but I’ve always been interested, I think, because of my sister. Although a lot of the industry can be vapid and superficial, there is also the other end of the spectrum where young amazing designers can deliver a strong message. Fashion’s always been a strong reflection of what is going on around us in the world, and I love that side of it.”

On future collaborators

“I’m obsessed with Mel Ottenberg and Adam Selman. They’re the sweetest people I’ve met, and I think working with them would be such a dream. They’re both so talented and caring individuals, and also hilarious.”

On working with Coach

“I was so happy that Stuart [Vevers] was at the casting with me. We both got so excited and hyper about the whole thing—I’ll remember it forever. Something that surprised me about the industry is how I’ve been able to meet some genuinely nice people who have become lifelong friends to me, like Stuart Vevers. Even though he’s in charge of this huge brand, he’s one of the funniest people I’ve met and is so sweet and caring.”

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