The blonde bombshell supermodel, who also serves as a coach on’The Face,’ candidly reveals her ‘Facemaker’ throughout her entire life, opening us up to her personal childhood experiences and guidance that turned her dreams into a reality.
You may hear the supermodel coaches in season 2 of “The Face” being referred to as “Facemakers.” It sounds like a simple word, but what does it really mean? I think of a Facemaker as someone (or a group of people) who transforms another person’s life. It happened to me. I have a Facemaker, someone who changed my life.
Anne V’s Open Letter About Her ‘Facemaker’:
But let’s go back to when I was 6 years old, which is the first time I heard myself saying out loud that I wanted to become a supermodel. I remember feeling it in my soul that this is who I was meant to be. Silly, right? The person I said this to laughed at me, so I buried my dream deep down inside for many years. You see, I grew up in Russia and being a model at that time was something that didn’t exist in our country. It was just not possible. It was one of those crazy dreams, like becoming an astronaut. But my gut always told me not to give up, and I never did.
Eight years later, my mom saw that my passion was still alive. She knew she had to change my life — and hers, by letting me go. I went to Milan to do an IMG/MTV modeling contest. Gisele, Heidi Klum and Erin Wasson were there. It was my first time on a plane, first time in a 5-star hotel, first time speaking English. I felt like I was in a movie. Just being there was heaven. Never could I have imagined that I would win and my life would change forever. When I was 15, my mom let me go to NYC all by myself. I am so thankful that she let me, her only child, leave and pursue my dream. When she came to Paris and saw me walk in my first runway show for Chanel, she saw my dreams come true. Having her support means everything in the world to me. My mom is MY Facemaker. Remember, dream large, your dream can never be too big, because one day if you wish for it very hard, it just might come true.
For more from Anne V, be sure to tune into season 2 of The Face every Wednesday on Oxygen at 8PM ET/PT!
— Anne V