As fate would have it, her first fashion week season came at a time when Premier Model Management, the agency that discovered her, became the focus of a weekly reality television show in the U.K. called The Model Agency, and Anderson ended up having a starring role. “People remind me about it more than I think about it, but it was a good experience and nice to be able to look back at,” she reflects. Fastforward to 2012 and she launched a blog, CrackedChinaCup.com, which, aside from documenting her backstage fashion week diaries and what she’s wearing or obsessing over at the moment, is also a pretty good place to find some real talk. “It’s honest, because there are aspects of my job that are hard. I show the truth, and that’s really important to me,” she says.
Take, for instance, Anderson’s two cents on interpersonal relationships. “The best advice I would give someone is ‘no new friends.’ Stick with your people. Don’t try and switch it up because you’re in a new environment—bring your friends with you,” she says. “That’s what’s going to keep you grounded. Look at Rihanna—#NoNewFriends.”
Her other note of wisdom: embrace social media. “When models tell me they don’t have Instagram, I’m just thinking, ‘You’ve played yourself, mate. You’re not impressing anyone by not having Instagram, because at the end of the day if you put our job down in its simplest form, we’re paid for our image.’” Followers, she shrewdly points out, are currency.