Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Study in Contrasts

Eighteen year old New Zealand beauty Anmari Botha immediately commanded my attention when I met her during the Altuzarra pre-castings in the lead up to the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. Botha's chilled antipodean vibes and refreshing non-modelly demeanour were discernible amongst the other perfectly preened models in attendance. Initially scouted at age 12 by Red Eleven Model Management's Peter Lanford-Read while horse riding in her native Auckland, Botha has only been modelling for the past 2 years. Botha's coltish 182 cm frame, glacial beauty and shocking blue eyes are perfectly suited to the Paris haute couture market where she is currently based. Represented worldwide by IMG Model Management, Botha quickly capitalised on her high fashion moxie with bookings during her international debut at the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012 collections appearing at Giambattista Valli, Christophe Josse and the clincher, a two day presentation for Givenchy. At the Fall/Winter 2012 collections, the red alert was placed on Botha via her scorching seal of exclusivity at Givenchy.

Anmari Botha
Photographer - William Lords
Source - thefashionspot.com

Photographer - William Lords
Source - thefashionspot.com

With expectations riding high, Botha embarked on her first full show season this September at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections and delivered with 31 key show bookings. Appearances at Max Mara, Blumarine, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Chanel and Saint Laurent signal that Botha has indeed arrived. Red Eleven's director Amanda Betts displays a maternalistic pride when recollecting Botha's transition from gangly teenager to fully fledged high fashion model in an interview with stuff.co.nz, "She looked like a new born giraffe on roller-skates. She was painfully shy but he (Peter Lanford Read) really believed in her. It's so overwhelming and exciting to see a girl you've worked so hard on for years do so well." Perhaps the key to Botha's rapid ascent is the ease with which she flits from cool androgyny to movie star goddess from a time long gone by. Botha's versatility and beguiling presence on set has been showcased in editorials for CR Fashion Book, Citizen K, Black Magazine, Dossier, British Harper's Bazaar, W, Achtung, and French Numéro.

Photographer - Markus Lambert
Source - thefashionspot.com

Mother Magazine - Fall/Winter 2012
Photographer - Stefan Khoo
Source - thefashionspot.com

Ymre Steikema, Simone Nobili, Stef Van der Laan, Anmari Botha,
Marte Me Van Haaster & Grace Bol
CR Fashion Book - Fall/Winter 2012
Photographer - Jean Baptiste Mondino
Source - models.com

Beneath Botha's laid-back demeanour lies a steely resolve which is evident when quizzed by rag-pony.com about the differences between the industry in Paris and New Zealand, "Over here (Paris), it's a lot more fast paced. You can't complain or refuse anything or you won't get anywhere. If you want to get anywhere in the fashion industry you have to be determined and really want it! A pretty face will get you no where!" This pretty face however has one up on the competition with former Paris Vogue Editor and CR Fashion's Book founder Carine Roitfeld declaring recently to the New Zealand Herald, "I think she is going to be big. When we finished shooting her she sent me some flowers, which I thought was really sweet. I want to keep pushing her because I think she is great." With the element of surprise being an intrinsic part of Botha's modelling arsenal, it's no wonder when quizzed by Inoubliable Model Army as to who her favourite model was, instead of referencing current day muses as per many of her fellow compatriots, Botha instead called out über cool 60's modelling icon Jean Shrimpton.

French Numéro - Issue 139
Photographer - Wing Shya
Source - fashiongonerogue.com

Achtung - September 2012
Photographer - Jonas Unger
Source - thefashionspot.com

Jasmine Tookes, Anmari Botha, Zen Sevastyanova,
Franzi Mueller & Liza Golden
W Magazine - December 2012
Photographer - Emma Summerton
Source - models.com

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