Dutch Fashion Model, Live Art Performer, Blogger and Businesswoman. Anneliese van Buren lives in Rotterdam where she is the owner of ROOM031 and the pop-up label Triangle Vintage. She also has her own blog; MY LAST ISSUE, which is focused on underground subcultures and current internet trends.
Agency: New Model Management (Athens)
Tell us about your career as model. How did you get started?
The original plan was to be an actress, so I joined the Hofplein theater school at a young age to fulfill my dream. You can imagine how devastated I was when my mom made me quit at the age of 12. Okay, she was right: The rehearsals and shows took too much time off high school. But as a teenager, I thought my life was over. To solve this problem, I started modelling at age 16. Photo shoots didn’t take as much time as rehearsals used to and you can say modelling is basically acting without words.
I became ‘Model Talent of the Year’ in 2007 and I won a contract with Ulla Models. Within one year I moved to Paris and my professional model career started.”
What’s going through your mind when you’re modeling in front of the camera?
I truly become an animal in front of the camera because I always work with this crazy energy and power from within. I try to change my bad memories from the past into hope for my future. I totally become an emotion in front of the camera and I can switch my emotions easily into anything you like. I like powerful, pure and raw photography but I love to play the vintage diva, too. That inspiration comes from old movie stars.
What’s your favorite/least favorite thing about being a model?
The most favorite thing is the opportunity to travel and to meet inspiring and creative people who I can level with. I love to work from project to project, so I never get bored.
The least favorite thing is the constant pressure of being extremely skinny and androgynous. I’m becoming a woman more and more – and curves go along with them.
Are there any other models in the industry that you look up to?
I love Kate Moss. She’s about the same height as me and she got so far. It’s not easy for a petit model to be successful in the industry and it takes a lot of dedication. I love her look, her style and the fact that she’s actually quite shy – same as me. And I used to be in love with Pete Doherty as well, haha.
What prompted your interest in fashion?
My mother and grandmother, who always dressed me very well before going to church. I was raised very religious. At my church you always had to look at your best with beautiful dresses, heels and make-up. You will never see my mom in jeans, she always wears skirts or dresses. She’s very feminine, classic and old school. I got it from her.
How did you become a fashion stylist and a blogger?
My career as a fashion stylist started when I was around 18 years old. At that time I was studying Fashion & Trends at the Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam and I just started my modeling career. I always dressed myself quite different which was noticed by the photographers. First they asked me if I could do my own fashion styling and later on if I could style other models as well.
I started blogging when I was 25 while I lived in Berlin. I mean, have you ever seen the Berliner street style, designers and brands? I looooved Berlin and wanted to record the underground lifestyle over there. I also got inspired by Bonnie Strange & Laura Cherrygrove, two fabulous Berliner it-girls. I have met Bonnie in Athens in 2009 and 2010 during my modeling trips and she inspired me instantly.
Can you tell us a bit more about your blog?
MY LAST ISSUE is focused on fashion, music, art & design and is capitalizing on underground subcultures and current internet trends.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Online: I follow my favourite brands like LONG Clothing, Kokontozai (KTZ), BOY London, T.E.I.N, Bas Kosters, Nieuw Jurk and a zillion Japanese street style people and underground seapunk artists.
Offline: Street style people, concept stores, upcoming brands, artists and designers.
What do you like the best about been a fashion blogger?
– The fact that you can create your own underground playground
– The fact that there are people on this world who got their very own MY LAST ISSUE prison tattoo by my DIY issue ‘Homemade Tattoo Night’, my most popular blog ever.
What advice would you give to aspiring talent who is working to establish themselves in the fashion industry?
“You’re a brand.”
What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
“MODELLIST-ID can be the perfect place to inform the models about the trends in the community and help them grow in their career.”
What would you like to achieve by the end of the year?
To position Triangle Vintage as a successful pop-up store in Rotterdam, with its own web shop and vintage lover’s community. I’m working on it. I’m planning trips to places like Paris, Berlin and Athens to do some vintage shopping so I can only offer the best and unique vintage. I would also like to be the best animated .GIF artist in The Netherlands, that’s one my new life goals. Oh, and I would love to visit the Sahara for a photo shoot, but I’m not sure if we make that before the end of the year.
What are your future aspirations?
To travel the world (YES PLEASE!) and inspire other people with my creativity. But first I need to create a strong position for ROOM031, Triangle Vintage & MY LAST ISSUE. I would also love to publish a book and have more Triangle Vintage pop-up stores. And maybe my own clothing brand besides Triangle Vintage? Sell my art to art galleries worldwide? To do more with videos? I have tons of ideas! My companies are my babies and I would like to see them grow as big as possible. I cannot do it alone, so I’m always looking for new art collaborations. Write me!