Ansolet Rossouw hails from the lush plains of Bloemfontein, South Africa. Growing up, she would play “teacher” with her sister and help care for the animals on her family farm, dabbling in the dream of opening up a bed and breakfast on the serene grounds where she grew up. Blissfully secluded from the whirl of the fast-paced urban world, modeling as a career had barely scratched Rossouw’s imagination. “In South Africa, we don’t have all of these designer places there, so the biggest one we have is Guess,” she tells CR. “I always told my friends like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be a Guess girl.'”
Little did she know, Rossouw would go on to walk Valentino, Chanel (including Chanel Cruise 2019) and more, all just a few short years after someone scouted her on Instagram at 16 years old, catapulting her into the world of couture and introducing her to the creative works of Virgil Abloh and Karl Lagerfeld.
Rossouw remains incredibly grounded and treasures the little things that remind her of where she began. She bought a pair of black pointed pumps from Aldo with one of her first modeling checks she received, and she still wears them to every casting. “I feel like I worked to buy myself the shoes, and now I have them,” Rossouw says. “Every time I wear those shoes, I’m like ‘Oh, you got this, so you can achieve more.'”
Read on for more of CR’s conversation with the 18-year-old model on her career, her favorite Kardashian, and her sentimental keepsakes from home.
Out of the shows that you’ve been involved in, do you have a favorite?
I loved Valentino Resort. The brand has a unique way of capturing beauty. Chanel was beautiful. I loved MaxMara, and it’s because I had never been cast for MaxMara until the Fall 2018 show. Just the idea of reaching that goal, it made everything more special.
What was it like walking in Chanel for the first time?
It was amazing. It was in a forest, but it was still in the Grand Palais, in Paris… And the collection was breathtaking. It was so surreal. When they lined us up to go out, I was like, “Am I really part of this? Look at the clothes I’m wearing, look at all these stunning things that I’m a part of.”
Is there anything that you do during fashion week or just when you’re busy, to decompress?
During fashion week, you walk a lot, obviously, to castings, but when I feel like I have too much going on, I just tell myself, “Go for a walk, put in your earphones,” and then I’ll usually call my mom or my dad. We don’t talk about fashion; we talk about what’s going on at home: “Did it rain? How are the animals doing?”
Do you have a favorite TV show?
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” They are so powerful; there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know the Kardashians. And I think that is what I love about them. They can do anything.
Who is your favorite Kardashian?
Kim… everything is always about Kim. She’s a genuine person. She’s so good to her sisters, and she helps when she can. I remember one time seeing this video on Instagram. There’s a boy I think, who made a YouTube video about makeup, and she went in to surprise him, and she gave him her makeup. She would reach out to normal people.
What career would you have if you weren’t a model?
I wanted to be a teacher. My sister is a teacher. When I was little, I was the teacher, and she was the learner, and I had a blackboard where I would assign her homework. The most realistic thing that I think I am going to do after modeling is makeup. I’m really interested in that. I do all of my friends’ makeup, my mom’s, my sister’s. I love it.
Is there an accessory that you can’t live without?
This one. (She tugs on the gold charm of the necklace she is wearing). It’s a gold necklace my grandma gave me before everything started. It has been with me since the first fashion week I did until now. My mom gave me a ring that she wore when she was a teenager, so [the ring] carried her through stuff, and now it carries me through stuff, and I know it will be passed down from generation to generation. It’s special.
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