Anja Rubik: 'Cutting my hair was liberating'
Anja Rubik felt liberated when she had her long honey-blonde locks cropped into a chic shorter style.
The Polish model, who has worked for the likes of Armani, Jimmy Choo and Fendi, first decided to cut off her hair back in 2007, and hasn't looked back since, experimenting with a range of versatile styles, including pixie cut and a long bob or 'lob'.
"Hair is an extension of your style and an expression of yourself - it can be really empowering. Chopping my hair was one of the best decisions I made," she told Britain's Hello! Fashion Monthly. "At first I was nervous, but it felt liberating and I love it so I have no regrets. I grew it back out because I just felt like changing it up but I kept cutting it into different styles so it took a while."
While the 32-year-old is the face of Kerastase’s Visions of Style II campaign, she admits she takes a low-key approach to her beauty routine and prefers to do her own hair and make-up when she is off-duty.
"I mix my moisturiser with a few drops of 6 MAC Foundation, and for as long as I can remember, YSL's Touche Eclat has been one of my got-to products for brightening and concealing. For some colour on my cheeks, I like to use Nars Douceur Blush," she shared.
She has gained huge success in the fashion world, becoming a favourite of Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld and declared as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris, though Anja reveals the ride to the top hasn't always been an easy one.
"It's tough to pick yourself and keep going when people say no, but it's part of this industry and a part of life," she said, adding that she uses rejection as ammunition to keep going. "My motto is: 'March to your own beat - lead and don't follow.'"