This Week's Model: Ann Kenny
Ann Kenny didn’t want to wait for a modeling scout to discover her at a local shopping mall. (Says the Mendham, NJ native wryly, “There aren’t many scouts in New Jersey!”) So when she and her fraternal twin sister, Kirby, turned 16 last year, they snapped some Polaroids of each other and, without telling their parents, sent them into DNA Model Management. After DNA called asking to meet them and their family, they had to trick their mom into coming into the city with them, explains Ann, a pale-skinned, piercingly blue-eyed untraditional beauty. “We convinced her to go shopping and then said, uh, by the way…” The sisters were signed by the agency almost immediately, and not long afterwards, Ann was booked for a string of major Fall/Winter 2010 shows, including Marc Jacobs, Prada, Proenza Schouler, Missoni, Richard Chai, BCBG Max Azria, Christopher Kane, Burberry, Prada and Dries Van Noten. Not bad for your first time out.
Did you and Kirby always want to model together?
We always talked about it. Kirby was like, “I don’t know about you but eventually I’m going to end up there.” And I was like, “Yeah, well you’re not going to be there without me!” I would never be able to do it, and she would never be able to do it, without one another. We’re best friends.
Do you guys share clothes?
Yeah, we share all our clothes. Because we just figure, we fit into the same things! But we’ve never dressed alike. We’ve never worn the same outfit, even when we were kids.
The shoot you guys did for Interview together had a kind of creepy vibe.
Yeah, we kind of wanted to capture that relationship that twins have. It came naturally to us. We shot it at an old mansion in Yonkers. The house had no heat at all, and we were in the Miu Miu spring line. So we were very cold, but it was so fun.
Ann and Kirby Kenny in “Twin Peaks” shot by Mark Segal for Interview’s March 2010 issue
We’ve heard you are, or were, an avid lacrosse player. Do you still play?
No. Before I even pursued modeling, I was feeling a disconnect with the sport. If you’re not 100% into it, you start to wonder if it’s meant to be. Since I had another opportunity that I was kind of having more fun with, I kind of decided to leave that chapter behind.
Your first show ever was BCBG. How did it feel to be on a runway?
I was nervous for the run-through but after the run through, I wasn’t nervous. It was like being in a school play, you don’t see anything but lights. Now I don’t really get nervous for a show.
Even when you open a big show like Proenza Schouler?
I do get excited to open. I love to be able to be the first look, like, this is a precursor to what’s going to happen.
You and your sister still live at home with your parents. Do you have a favorite local spot?
Yes! My mom, my sister and I went on a nature trail in Peapack, NJ and it had a restaurant at the very top, The Natirar. They cook with mostly local ingredients. The best salmon I’ve ever had in my life!
Do you have a boyfriend?
No. I really like being single right now. I just find it liberating to be on my own. I’m embracing that right now.
What about any plans for college?
I definitely want to go to college. Once I’m ready for a change again, I’ll know it. I have a pretty good intuition, so I feel like that will guide me there.
Do you think you and your sister will transition out of modeling at the same time?
Yeah, we’re pretty much like that.
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