'I met a lot more bulimic girls doing ballet': Hot new model lifts the lid on eating disorders in the dance world
Her face is exquisite – elfin, and at once delicate and strong. Her body is lithe and fit – and those legs go on for miles.
Anna Zanovello is poised to become very well-known – spotted just two years ago, the Italian has already opened Joseph Altuzarra's Spring 2012 fashion week show and has trod the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Theyskens' Theory and MaxMara.
The 21-year-old Veronese beauty – and brains, she currently studies engineering – has been pirouetting since she was five-years-old, and to this day juggles ballet with her other burgeoning commitments.
Viva Italia: Veronese Anna Zanovello has learnt ballet at the Bolshoi, is studying engineering and last fall opened the runway show for Joseph Altuzarra
How she finds the time to work out for an hour a day, walk at major fashion shows, attend the world's most prestigious ballet school, Moscow's Bolshoi, and complete her engineering degree, as described to New York Magazine, is beyond us.
But as someone who is in the rare
position of having experience of both the fashion and dancing worlds,
Miss Zanovello is able to give an honest appraisal of the downside of
the industries: The ever-present pressure on body size.
She told the magazine that, as bad a reputation as fashion may have when it comes to diet and body dysmorphia, ballet is worse still.
'Well, I met a lot more bulimic girls
[doing ballet],' she told the magazine. 'I think it’s worse in ballet
because they check your weight and if you’re above a certain weight, you
leave the school. It’s horrible.'
Centre stage: Miss Zanovello took a turn on Dolce & Gabbana's spring/summer 2012 catwalk last year then headed to pursue a ballet course at the Bolshoi
Haven fallen into modelling
accidentally – she was spotted at a beauty competition where she gone to
support a competing friend – the young blonde's career has rocketed in
tandem with her dancing.
Last December, having won a ballet
competition, she was awarded a one-month programme at the Bolshoi Ballet
School. Though the dates clashed with Paris Fashion Week, the
opportunity was too good to miss.
She describes how she she needs to pay close attention to her diet, forgoing home favourites of pizza and pasta for more vegetables and lean meats – something that she says is down to her Mediterranean body, which makes curvy Italian girls relatively uncommon on catwalks.
'I think it’s because Italian women have a Mediterranean body, so it’s really difficult to stay slim'
'I think it’s because Italian women have a Mediterranean body, so it’s really difficult to stay slim,' she told the magazine.
'It’s not like a girl from Holland who tends to be genetically slim. It’s also a question of measurements and I feel like many Italian women aspire to work in TV or film, instead of high-fashion modeling.'
Fashion insiders are able to spot Italian girls among others, she believes – something that she says has led to Milan being a fashion capital that is largely staffed by non-Italian models.
Miss Zanovello, now represented by New York's Wilhelmina agency, does not seem held her back by her roots, though, and the slender beauty looked at ease striding down the runway in spangled hot pants and loud earrings at last fall's Dolce & Gabbana's spring/summer show.
She told Vogue Italia that she loves Nutella, spends her time pursuing maths and physics interests and is a fan of Grey's Anatomy.
We can't help thinking that the clever girl with the ethereal anatomy will go very far.