Wonderland had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Jana Knauerova from Models 1, talking rock climbing, Versace and There Will Be Blood.

How did you become a model?

When I was 17, I sent a picture to an agency in Prague. They asked me to come in and do some test shoots that they sent me to London over the summer break to do castings and go-sees which all went pretty well. When you’re a new face, it’s really exciting as everyone’s keen to see and work with you.

What were you doing before modelling?

I was at school and just doing normal stuff that 17 year olds do. I played the violin, my older sister is a professional musician but even though I enjoyed playing, I knew it wasn’t the career I wanted to pursue.

What do you like to do when you’re not modelling?

I love to exercise: I run, do yoga and like indoor rock climbing.

What’s your favourite film?

Recently I saw The Artist, I wasn’t keen on seeing it because it’s a silent movie but my boyfriend is studying film so I went along and I’m glad I did. I also like the film There Will Be Blood.

What books do you enjoy reading?

Right now I’m mostly reading non-fiction. Though I got The Hunger Games for my birthday and am pretty into that.

Do you have a particular photographer you would like to work with?

Yes, there are so many! Of course, I would love to work with Mert & Marcus. I’m interested to see how they work together.

Is there a person that inspires you?

I love Woody Allen. I love his movies and the way he shows life. I really enjoy his humour.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

I like to feel really comfortable. I love my Philip Lim evening pants, as they’re comfy and classic.

What’s been your favourite fashion moment so far?

I really enjoyed shooting with Mario Testino for American Vogue and the Versace campaign.

What would you like to do in the future?

In the near future I would definitely like to study and learn as much as possible. I would like to learn new languages. I really like modelling, so hopefully I will be able to do both. I don’t know when I will start studying yet, for now I am using my spare time to read and prepare. I don’t intend to quit modelling yet, but it’s not forever.

Photographer David Adams
Fashion Editor and words Francesca Prudente
Hair Lotte O’Shea using BUMBLE & BUMBLE
Make up Emily Mergaert using M.A.C.
Model Jana Knauerova at MODELS1
In main image Jana wears v-neck jumper JANA’S OWN & floral print trousers by MARY KATRANTZOU
In three images Jana wears striped jumper by PAUL SMITH & floral print trousers by MARY KATRANTZOU