Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who’s real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine’s launch party in SoHo, where the America’s Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York.
The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie’s opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra’s need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii–that’s where her “bizarre” accent (which is the island’s native pidgin) comes from–to New York five weeks ago.
Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, “I’m so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can’t wait to prove myself beyond TV.”
The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she’s got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she’s adapting. “I’ve been to Jones Beach, it’s amazing!” Anya said. “I know it’s not Hawaii, but you know what? I’m in New York now, so I love it. I can’t wait to go to Fire Island.”
I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!