Anne Vyalitsyna was born in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, formerly called Gorky. Both of her parents are physicians. Her father is a sports doctor for a soccer team and her mother is a pediatrician. Anne started her professional modeling career at the age of 15, after IMG Models scouts saw her in Saint Petersburg while looking for new faces for MTV’s Fashionably Loud Europe. She entered the contest and she won their modeling contest along with a contract with IMG Paris and, later, IMG New York.
Within six months of her win, Vyalitsyna had appeared for Anna Molinari, Chloé and Sportmax. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, ELLE, Glamour and Gloss, in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and she is featured in the music video for ‘Out Is Through’ by Alanis Morissette and ‘Misery’ by Maroon 5. Vyalitsyna has worked with acclaimed photographers Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier and Ellen von Unwerth, among others, and is now signed with One Model Management. “I’ve wanted to be a model ever since I was little, playing with my Barbie doll,” she told The Age. “It helped (for the catwalk) that I can dance but everything is self-taught.”
In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in the 2005 edition.
In 2009, Vyalitsyna completed the ING New York City Marathon. She volunteered to guide a disabled athlete through the race for Achilles International and also Twittered about the race in real-time.
She is currently dating Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine.