In 2000, Anna graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and headed straight to New York City to build her career in fashion. She immediately launched her own line of knitwear and called it Annabelle NYC. With that, she came up with unique and wearable garments flourished with details and bright colors. These were sold in boutiques around the country and even reached abroad.
The Atlanta, Georgia native thrives in challenging the standards of the fashion industry, holding distaste for the ideas that money means power and thin means beautiful. Working hard to make a name for herself, she has put together a number of downtown, do-it-yourself, theatrical fashion shows throughout Manhattan and even became head clothing designer for Dolce Vita. While she’s thinking of re-launching her own line, she shares her expertise to other hopefuls by teaching Fashion Merchandising at Wood Tobe-Coburn, a small college in New York City.
Anna became known as one of the contestants for Bravo’s reality series The Fashion Show, joining fourteen other aspirants in the competition of their careers. They all worked under the guidance of three judges: internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi, four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland, and fashion luminary and Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis. Each designer went head to head for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market, with the winner going home with a $125,000 cash prize. Anna impressed the judges by scoring high on numerous challenges throughout the competition and winning two of them. She made it to the finals and emerged as the winner of season 1.