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Anja Rubik ‘Was a Little Bit Afraid of [Terry Richardson’s] Pirelli’

Anja Rubik got engaged to her model boyfriend, Sasha Knezevic, over the holidays. A lethal pairing of hotness, Rubik reveals in an excellent interview on Frockwriter that Real People exist behind their perfect veneers.

Apparently he was carrying the ring around for a while. And that day we fought all the day long. We were preparing the whole house for Christmas and there were all these things to be done and I had to cook and I had to do this and that and the Christmas decorations… I couldn’t find the ones I liked. So it was totally dramatic the whole day. I thought, ‘I’m going to kill him’. I was like, ‘I think this was my last Christmas ever’ [with him]. And he said ‘I picked this day on purpose, because although we have our fights, we’ve been together and ra ra ra ...’ And he’s right.

The engagement capped off a wonderful year for Anja, one highlight of which career-wise for her was shooting the Pirelli calendar with Karl Lagerfeld (she also said she plans to walk in only his couture show this fall). She says that she turned down the previous calendar shot by Terry Richardson.

...I was a little bit afraid, because I never undressed, I was never shot actually nude before. Although I love Terry and I worked with him a lot for French Vogue and other editorials, but I was a little bit afraid of his Pirelli.

FW: And with good reason.
AR: I knew he would, like, push the borders and you know, I was just afraid of how far they were going to be pushed and if I’m going to feel comfortable. The worst thing is to go somewhere to a shoot and be there and feel uncomfortable. Because first of all, it’s bad for me, it’s bad for him, it just creates a really bad atmosphere. So when Karl was shooting the Pirelli, I just thought, you know, he’s a genius and I knew the way he would shoot a woman would be in the form of art, it would be very beautiful and very tasteful. So that’s why I jumped on board immediately.

FW: Obviously there has been a lot of controversy over Terry Richardson’s modus operandi of late.
AR: Yeah I know, but to be honest I know him, I’ve shot with him many times. And I think he’s great. I never felt uncomfortable, I never thought he pushed me into anything. I think if a girl, like, leaves her green light that she’s open to doing different things, he maybe pushes the boundaries. And if he knows how the girl is. Like I don’t get all these allegations. I mean I worked with him over, I don’t know, 15 times and I never felt awkward…..that I felt I had to do something.

FW: So why turn down a “dream” opportunity to do the Pirelli calendar just because he was shooting it?
AR: Only because I know he would push it a little bit more, in a way that would be very naked and I know that I wouldn’t go there probably. So that’s why it was stupid to accept the challenge because I thought I wouldn’t be capable. And you it’s going to come out, because he has a different kind of take of that, a little bit more on the edge of, you know, I don’t want to say vulgar but on the very, very slight edge of it. There were supposed to be a lot of girls and he likes to shoot a lot of girls with girls and I just didn’t think I’d feel comfortable, that’s why.

Not to mention the naked sloth hugging. And Terry doing his thumbs-up portraits with his face inches from the girls' bare asses. And naked live chicken-holding. And being naked — and shoeless! — in rain forests at night. Basically doing any number of freaky, awkward things one would never want to do naked.

Sasha Knezevic popped the question to Anja Rubik after a vampire musical [Frockwriter]
Related: Model Profile: Anja Rubik

Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images

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