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Anette Stai


The Fashionista is proud to present an interview with a firmiliar face in the industry! Anette Stai, born 1961, is a noted model from Norway, and the first winner ever of the Supermodel of the World contest in 1980. I met up with her in Oslo, after returning from New York and Mercedes-Benz fashion week.

First of all. How did your career begin?
Everything started back in the day, when I was a student at Trine’s Mannequin School. It was my mother that decided for me, because the Queen had studied there, and I guess she wanted me to learn about poise and such. I also started working for a model agency in Oslo. I am the first model to ever win the Supermodel of the World competition, in 1980, and thanks to Eileen Ford, this was when it all started working out for me. All those beautiful pictures, and a week in Monaco, it was a teenage dream come true.

What expectations did you have? Did you set yourself any goals?
I had very few expectations, because this was all new to me at the time. When I was younger, I wanted to become a vet, and where I grew up, we had horses. I guess I was a tomboy at the time. I slowly wrapped my head around this modeling business, and the goals came after a while. To be frank, I wasn’t sure what goals one should set in that business.

Now that you have experience in the business, would you say that the business is as tough as people tell you it is, or is that all the media presentation?
It’s as tough as they say it is, and even the strongest can fall. Much is based out of luck, and even more on the looks. If you don’t have what people are looking for, you’ll simply get a slap in the face. I was lucky, and because of Eileen Ford and the victory in the competition, I had a «flying start». I also had a very good mentor. None other than Polly Mellen, a fashion editor of Vogue! She tought me a lot!

What is the biggest moment of your career?
I think the greatest moment was when I won the Supermodel of the World competition, but again, it’s so difficult to divide a career, and to choose one moment. I have worked with so many great people, the biggest photographers out there, Gilles Bensimon for instance.

If you were to give someone 5 tips on how to survive in the industry, what would they be?
It is very difficult giving advice in this business, people only give advice based on their own situation. For me, the advice would be to have someone that can travel the world with you, to just be there for you, because you spend a lot of time alone as a model. It can be lonely, and for me, it was hard dealing with all these adult tasks at such a young age.

Out of all the fashion personalities you’ve met in your career, which did you enjoy the most?
Irving Penn. He died last year, 92 year old, but being a great inspiration. Arthur Elgort as well. He tought me how to walk, and how to relax, but really, it’s difficult to choose between so many brilliant and interesting people that I’ve come to know. Tyen f.ex, make up artist and photographer, John Sahag, I wouldn’t know where to begin!

You have recently worked as the media contact for the norwegian division of Louis Vuitton. How has that been for you?
It has been an incredible experience, and it has been fantastic working for Louis Vuitton. Definitely a journey worth the while!

What mark do you hope to leave in the industry?
To me, just being remembered is the biggest compliment, and I can’t ask for anything else. A big compliment!
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US Vogue December 1981
Dressed...Is a Matter of "Degree"--a New Range of At-Home Looks
Photo Andrea Blanch
Models Andie MacDowell, Rosemary McGrotha, Anette Stai, Kelly Emberg, Jacki Adams & Kelly LeBrock
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Paris/Milan--A Season of Change
Photo Marco Glaviano
Models Lisa Berkley & Anette Stai
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More Than Meets the Eye
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Models Eva Johannsen, Jacki Adams, Anette Stai & Leticia Lucas
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Color On Ice The Impact Is Refreshing, Cool
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Models Joan Severance, Anette Stai, Isabella Rossellini & Unknown
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Evening Temptations...The Best!
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Black - The Big Thing
Photo Denis Piel, Sandra Hataley & Jim Varriale
Models Lauren Helm, Anette Stai & Joanna Pacula
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Paris/Rome: The Sizzle--Couture Highlights for Spring/Summer Pt.1
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US Vogue September 1982
The Look-Makers - The Best Real-Life Day Dressing Pt.1
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