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Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in Alberta Ferretti merino wool sweater. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

When Anna de Rijk began modeling, there was no Instagram to distract her backstage—so she turned to Ayn Rand.

“During my first season in 2009, I was reading The Fountainhead, which is a really intense, antisocial book,” she says, laughing. “It must have gotten in my brain, because I have such a grumpy expression in videos from back then!”

Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in Hermès nubuck leather dress, viscose pullover, and Tiffany & Co. 18kt gold ring. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

But de Rijk—who has earned a reputation for her resemblance to Charlotte Rampling since winning a 2005 Dutch modeling competition—has plenty of other things to smile about: a résumé filled with artsy magazine editorials and major brand campaigns (including plum gigs with H&M and Vera Wang) and a big move from her quaint hometown of Haarlem, in the Netherlands, to Brooklyn, New York.

Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in Dior denim jacket and pants and Bottega Veneta viscose top. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

A few things she misses? Her Amsterdam-based boyfriend’s freshly baked sourdough bread and her mother’s sewing skills.

Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in Loewe viscose-blend dress. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

“When I was in school, she made most of my wardrobe, but I never appreciated it enough.”

Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in Missoni viscose- blend top, Edun denim pants, and Paige Novick 18kt gold hoops. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

Now the runway vet gravitates toward one-of-a-kind pieces, like her favorite vintage Levi's jeans and a green jacket with yellow satin lining salvaged from her mom’s last closet purge.

Anna de Rijk
Credit: de Rijk in a Céline dress and earrings and a David Yurman ring. Photographed by Hanna Tveite.

“She made it for her sister decades ago, in the ’60s, and now I wear it all the time. The stylist on this shoot asked me if it was Hermès!”

For more stories like this, pick up the July issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download June 9.