Anastassia started her fashion career in Milan at 18 after finishing high school. Her debut at the Armani runway show was quickly followed by an appearance on the cover of Italian Vogue.

During the course of her career, she has appeared on international covers of Vogue, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Elle, V Magazine and L’Officiel. She has done countless runway shows in addition to advertising campaigns for Valentino, Chanel, Dior, Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood and Ralph Lauren.

Tell us about how you began your modeling career.

My career started in Saratov Russia when I was 15. It was a spontaneous decision. I never thought I would get far and to be honest, I thought it would be just a temporary thing in Russia. I was scouted by an Italian agency and left for Milan. It was my first flight and first time out of the city. It was a priceless experience. Since then I’ve been modeling for 20 years.

What values instilled in you have served you well in your career?

I believe respect and helping others has taken me far. Smile at life and she will smile at you back.

You have been a part of the Ralph Lauren brand for a number of years. Tell us how your relationship began.

I’ve been part of the Ralph Lauren world for the last 10 years. It all started with the Aviator collection. I went for a casting and they were looking for a fit model. I was more of a runway and editorial model at the time. I had just moved to New York and was not having an easy time. He chose me to be his girl and it practically saved me, though he probably doesn’t know that. I love and respect the brand and specially Ralph for believing in me and seeing in me what others could not see.

How has working with the brand changed the course of your career?

It changed everything. I quit doing other shows and working with other designers and focused on my work and learning a new side of the fashion business at Ralph Lauren. I learned more than anyone could directly from a master and that’s more than you can dream of.

Tell us about why you started your brand AK Consulting.

AK Consulting is my consulting company which has the brand #Lifeofthemodel. I’m working on a consulting basis with the Yoox group, Carlo Pazolini, INGA and others.

What are short-term and your long-term goals?

I don’t like to talk about my goals until they are done and ready to be show to the world.

What have you learned about yourself through modeling?

I’ve learned so much; networking, fashion history, fittings for designers, research, styling, branding and business are just some of the things I’ve learned over the course of my career. I also had the privilege of working with designers who are no longer with us including Gianfranco Ferré and Alexander McQueen. I am very lucky to have worked with almost every brand in the world.

What is your spiritual practice?

I like to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes a lot of walking, working out (Pilates) and cooking is my meditation. Even on bad days, I try to find happiness. I believe in God  and in myself.

Follow her at @AKhozissova and on Instagram

Images courtesy of Marco Piana