HAWAI’I'S NEXT top model

At last, Anya Rozova can finally talk about her experience on
America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10, the popular reality TV series created and produced by supermodel Tyra Banks.

Yu Shing Ting
Friday - May 30, 2008
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Anya's first photo shoot was for Russell Tanoue's MWspace in <I>MidWeek</I>” ><table width=
Anya’s first photo shoot was for Russell Tanoue’s MWspace in MidWeek

At last, Anya Rozova can finally talk about her experience on America’s
Next Top Model Cycle 10
, the popular reality TV series created and produced by supermodel Tyra Banks.

And there’s lots to talk about after finishing as the runner-up.

After three months of filming in New York and Rome last winter, Rozova (she recently changed her name from Anya Kop to reflect her Russian heritage, though is keeping her middle name, Kanani) returned home to Hawaii on Dec. 22 and for the next five months obediently kept her lips tightly sealed on what happened on the show.

“The second I came home, my mom was like, did you win? And I was like, I can’t say!” recalls Rozova.“That was challenging, but my mom and my family understood.We had to sign a contract that we wouldn’t say anything.”

On America’s Next Top Model, a group of 14 young women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes, were selected from thousands of applicants to live together and compete for a modeling contract with Elite Model Management, a $100,00 contract from CoverGirl, and an appearance on the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.

Each week, the girls need to “prove to the judges that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of supermodeling” or face elimination.

Rozova, 19, was born in Russia and moved to Hawaii when she was 4 years old after being adopted by Mike Kop and Bal Patterson.

She grew up in Waialae, but attended Moanalua Elementary and Intermediate schools before graduating from Waipahu High in 2007.

Rozova says she always wanted to be a model but only actively pursued it a couple of years ago when she signed with More Models & Talent in Honolulu. Her first photo shoot was with local glamour photographer Russell Tanoue for his MWspace feature in MidWeek.

Her first paying job was for a private event featuring informal modeling at Louis Vuitton.

While she didn’t win America’s Next Top Model, the show has definitely provided her with priceless opportunities that most models will never get to experience.

In addition to working with some of the industry’s top fashion and beauty experts, Rozova also got national exposure from not only the show but from winning a 7-Up challenge in which she won $10,000 and a full-page ad that appeared in People magazine.

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Tyra Banks with America’s Next Top Modelfinal three Fatima, Anya and Whitney

Not bad for someone who is just two years into her modeling career. Now she plans to move to New York, where she’s already received a few offers.

“I love Hawaii.

This is my home and where my true heart is,” says Rozova.

“But I want to go to NewYork to fulfill my passion and my goal to be a high-fashion model.

“I feel blessed to have gotten offers, but I want to look at all my options and make sure I’m making the right decisions before I make any commitments.”

Rozova’s journey to America’s Next Top Model began when she decided to research the show online.She saw that they were casting and eventually printed out the application and submitted it along with a video and amateur photos taken of her in the yard by younger brother Anvar.

“There were like 25 pages of questions,” remembers Rozova. “But my mom was there to help me and support me.She told me that you can do anything you want, but if you don’t put your time and dedication into it, you’re not going to go anywhere.”

From there, Rozova received an invitation to audition for the show in Los Angeles. Her older sister Aja accompanied her on the trip where she was put in a room for 12 hours with about 100 girls. One by one, they were screened by look, height and personality.

The next day, an open casting was held where another 800 girls showed up. Then about a month later Rozova got the call.

“I was at work at Banana Republic at Kahala Mall and my mom called and said you have to call so-and-so back right away,” remembers Rozova.“When I called, they said, ‘Congratulations, Anya, you’re on America’s Next Top
.’ I was so overwhelmed with joy, I just started crying.

“But I wasn’t allowed to say that I got on the show because it didn’t air yet. So, I’m at work folding shirts and I started crying and the customers are looking at me like is she OK? And I think my boss was wondering if there was something wrong at home. I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it.”

One hundred percent Russian, Rozova, who stands at 5-foot-9 and weighs 120 pounds, was born with stunning blue eyes that sometimes look grey in photographs.

In high school, she danced hula and Tahitian, and was in the Polynesian Club. Aside from modeling, she enjoys draw-

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