Anna Cleveland: I feel the weight of mum's legacy
Model Anna Cleveland has mixed feeling about working in fashion given her mother Pat Cleveland's massive legacy.
Pat was one of the biggest models during the '60s and '70s and was also one of the first women of mixed heritage to make it in the industry. Now her daughter Anna is carving her own path on the catwalk, but she admits the weight of expectation lies heavy on her.
"My mother is inspiring, but her legacy carried a lot of weight,” she told vogue.com. “Being her daughter, I thought, 'Is modelling her thing, or is this my thing?' In many ways, it’s been harder for me in this business because I have to distinguish myself.”
Anna is doing a good job so far, having worked with the likes of Zac Posen and Moschino already and signing to Next Management. She's also turned to her mother for advice to ensure she's making the right choices, and Anna has found Pat's words of wisdom invaluable.
"My mom told me last year (14), ‘You will find people who get who you are, and once you do it will change everything,’" she recalled. “She was right. This year has been such a blessing. I think my view on the business is a little different because I’ve had my mother here as a mentor and chaperone."
During the Autumn/Winter 15 shows in September (15) and October (15) Anna teamed up with 20 different designers, with Moschino her favourite. Designer Jeremy Scott wanted her to bring some personality to the runway, meaning she could be free rather than having to follow orders.
"When you work, you’re entering their world, and you get just to bounce ideas off each other,” she explained. “Together you create an image, a story, a persona. I enjoy when the process is intimate. When you’re genuinely interested in knowing that person, you can connect on a better level."