Anne Vyalitsyna, known to all as Anne V, is a 178cm Russian supermodelwho once posed naked for the cover of Vogue . She’s a woman witha face so coveted — by the likes of Chanel and Calvin Klein — that she fronted a reality series called The Face . And yet, when we meet for coffee in Manhattan’s West Village, what she really wants to talk about is decidedly less titillating. It’s America’s citizenship test.
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Or more specifically, her issues with it. She tucks her impressively long legs underneath the table and gets right to the point. “I take this shit very seriously,” she says. V was a straight-A student in Russia and wants me to know that she approached the exam with a similar resolve; she didn’t want to pass the test so much as crush it. “I had to know all the answers,” she says. “But it was actually really easy. I was like, ‘Is this the best question you can give me? Who is the vice president?’ I was expecting it to be so much harder.”
This is Anne V — competitive, unflappable and now a proud American, speaking nearly perfect English like someone who learned the language watching TV news. Another impressive （if less attractive） American, F. Scott Fitzgerald, once said there are no second acts in American lives. But how about for immigrants? Anne V, who has been the frontwoman for Chanel perfume and a staple of high fashion magazines, is in the midst of a reemergence. After loving — and leaving both Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey,she stepped away from modelling and leaned in to motherhood, having a baby in 2015 with a very different kind of rock star: Adam Cahan,a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who sold a company to Yahoo! for upwards of US$20 million in 2011 and now serves as the tech giant’s SVP of mobile and emerging products, where he was once tasked with making Yahoo! mail relevant again. Anne V, a supermodel, now finds herself starring in her very own real-life episode of Silicon Valley .
“If someone told me 15 years ago that I would be living in San Francisco, I would laugh at them,” she says, adding: “I’ve been to TechCrunch. It’s hilarious.” If you’re wondering what the hoodie-and- flip-flop crowd make of this Russian gazelle, she might have an idea.“They’re probably saying, ‘Here’s Anne V again — wearing all black.’It’s funny; you can actually spot the New Yorkers in San Francisco.The girls wear all black and a red lip.” If Bay Area style leaves a little to be desired, the women there impress in other ways, V says. “They’re smart and f—king ballsy.”
For the record, Anne V, 30, doesn’t look like she had a baby12 months ago; when we meet, she’s wearing short denim shorts anda slim white T-shirt, her hair blonde and her freckles summer-ready.The proof is in the pages — captured here by Gilles Bensimon on a boatin Saint-Tropez, taking a welcome break from motherhood for a few glamorous days. （Flying home from the shoot, she tweeted to he followers: “Bye Saint-Tropez you have been real! Thank you for ros wine headaches.”） She’s camera-ready and back at work, but she’s very much in transition, meditating on what comes next and, for the first time,daring to ask herself, What makes me happy? Besides watching Veep ,which she does religiously. Life will do that to you. She’s not just a mother to one-year-old Alaska but also now a stepmom to Cahan’s two children from a previous marriage. Sometimes Anne, a woman who once regularly.