South African-Kiwi model Anmari Botha grew up between Cape Town and Auckland, New Zealand ["Half-way...the Indian Ocean?," she jokes]. She was discovered at a horse riding ranch in New Zealand at age thirteen while wearing her brother's clothes, and received her big break courtesy of a Givenchy runway exclusive in Paris. ... MORE
Widely admired in the industry for her drive and persistence [A favorite quote from her mother: "Do the best you can, or don't do it at all."], "LegsMari," as she is affectionally called, has appeared on the runway for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Maison Martin Margiela, among others.
Off-duty, the budding musician enjoys late night jam sessions--her instruments of choice include the saxophone, and cello ["The sound melts my heart," she shared]--and bike rides around Brooklyn, NY. She is also studying classical drawing and painting, and cites color as a day-long obsession, joy and torment.