‘A’ For Anja, ‘B’ For Britain

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Since I’ve moved back to Poland, the only British magazine I can’t resist buying  regularly is i-D (in case you wonder- prices of foreign press in here are truly beyond crazy), BUT this month I was particularly looking forward to getting the July issue of Elle. The reason was simple: Anja Rubik presenting the pre-fall collections photographed by Marcin Tyszka. Yaaay! I’m trying not to get overexcited but it’s impossible to hide the ‘wow’ factor of the photoshoot. I adore it!

The same I can say about Anja. However, here in Poland, the model who’s unquestionably an international superstar, keeps causing much controversy. Some people say she’s too thin and make up stories about her being sick. The others constantly criticise her appearance or make mean comments about her slightly accented Polish. The Internet is full of hostility and… I just don’t get it. Of course, it’s everyone’s right to have their own preferences and opinions. What worries me however, is that we really seem to struggle to accept someone else’s success. We just hate to see other people happy, beautiful, smart or, what’s the worst- wealthy. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been working their hands to the bone for years to achieve it all; what we constantly look for is imperfections- a slip of the tongue on the telly or unflattering clothing captured by paparazzi. I mean… how ridiculous is that?!

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Anyway, although for me personally, the model looks absolutely stunning, what impresses me the most is how brave, professional and determined she is. Being so positive and hardworking she’s such a great inspiration. No wonder that seeing photoshoots like this in the international press somehow makes me feel happy. It’s one of those tiny moments when Polish people are associated with something more favourable than poor English, living on benefits and peeing at Turkish police stations.