Scouted at the Minnesota State Fair, model Ana Cristina’s style is equal parts Spice Girl meets biker chic. A self-confessed loner, Ana divides her time between walking the runway for designers such as Akris and Marc Jacobs and developing her new creative outlet Hell Baby.
Tell us about how you were discovered.
I was approached when I was 14 at the Minnesota State Fair. I initially didn’t think much of it and didn’t sign until a few years later when I sent an online submission to Ignite. They were incredibly sweet; I immediately felt a lot of love and respect. They’re still my mother agent today.
Do you think beginning your modeling career at the age you did benefited you?
I’m not sure it has one way or another. It is possible to work hard in school and model at a younger age, but it’s much harder and I’m glad I waited. Education was a big part of my life.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I feel as if this whole thing has been very surreal and it’s hard to chose just one moment, but I would have to say my first New York Fashion Week show. I walked for Opening Ceremony S/S 16 and they had these dancers mixed in the lineup; the whole production was insane. I was listening to Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath to get into this chill mood before the show started.
Tell us about your creative pursuits.
Well I’m starting this line called Hell Baby! It’s reworked denim and leather; vintage finds that I’m painting, studding and embroidering. My goal is to inspire individuality and love through the clothing.
What inspires you?
Love, the protests, music, self-love, flowers, sex, movies, feelings, psychedelics, personal battles and the paranormal .
I heard you recently underwent a makeover. What inspired you to cut your hair short?
I’ve always wanted short hair and I was growing out my bangs so it just seemed like the right time. Mick Jagger’s shag was my inspiration.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m not really sure. I love to be comfortable and wear layers but I also like dressing weird and sexy like a Spice Girl. My favorite shoes are my beat up creepers.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a bit of a loner but in a good way. Going to shows or dancing by myself is no problem.
What are your goals for the future?
My ultimate goal for now is to save up enough money to move to South America after my modeling career is over. I want to live self-sustained on a farm; eating what I grow, painting, living simply, and being in the mountains is my dream. After five years or so I might move to another city for a few years. I want to see more of the world and live among all cultures.