Wonderland already had the pleasure of shooting with Elite’s Anastasija Kondratjeva for our online editorial The Life Aquatic and this week we got the chance to find out little bit more about how it all began for the Latvian beau…

When did you become a model?

I went to an agency in Latvia when I was 16 and enquired into modelling. I left my details with the agency and they started sending me to castings. My first casting was to a London agency and they took me on straight away.

What were you doing before modelling?

I was in school and was doing dancing at an after-school club. I wanted to be a dancer but was getting quite tall so people started suggesting I try and model instead.

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

I like walking around and exploring the cities I’m in and I’m quite sporty so enjoying going to the gym. I can’t just sit around watching TV, I need to be doing some kind of activity. I’m kind of a nature kid, especially in the spring time. It gives me energy.

What shows did you walk in last season?

I just did London last season. I walked for Matthew Williamson, Jasper Conran and Temperley.

Where has been your favourite place you’ve travelled?

I love lots of places. NYC and London are great. I also love going to more exotic places like Brazil.

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

I would love to work with Steven Klein and Paolo Roversi. I like the styles and images they create. There is something special about them.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

I always wear my cross. I got it from my mum when I was a kid so it’s really special and I like to keep it with me.

What couldn’t you live without?

My iPod. I can’t live without music!

What’s been your favourite fashion moment so far?

Your first job is always pretty special. Mine was a show at New York fashion week for BCBG Max Azria. It was great being backstage with all the top girls. I just kept staring at everyone!

Photographer David Adams
Fashion Editor and words Francesca Prudente
Hair Lotte O’Shea using BUMBLE & BUMBLE
Make up Bobana Parojcic using M.A.C
Model Anastasija Kondratjeva at ELITE
Main image Anastasija wears leather jacket by MOSCHINO
Three images Anastasija wears patterned jumper by JONATHAN SAUNDERS