7-year-old Anja Chevalier has Autism, ADHD, OCD and suffers from extreme anxiety. Sweet, generous, life-loving girl, started talking early and hasn’t stopped asking questions ever since!
Below, Jennifer, Anja’s mother, explains how her daughter seems to become single while modeling and all the troubles seem to leave her at these times. Jennifer describes the beautiful mother-daughter relationship and shares with us a little more about Anja’s feelings and the injustices she faces.
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How do you deal daily with Anja’s Autism, Anxiety, OCD, and ADHD? As time passed, Anja’s troubles grew heavier, but I knew how to manage them better. I know how to ease her anxiety attacks. I can see her face when something is wrong that other people can’t.
Anja knows she can do anything with me and can tell me anything, that I am listening to her, and that I will always be there for her. The trust between us is very strong. Anja was hospitalized with an autism spectrum disorder and it took a toll on her.
Does Anja go to school? Although Anja started school in first grade, it hasn’t gone well for her and I am currently homeschooling her.
In kindergarten, Anja always stayed, not knowing how to make friends. The other kids thought she was “weird” but her teacher said she was very mature for her age. Anja is a child who does not share interests with other children.
Anja cried a lot at school and didn’t want to be a defender. However, she is heavily involved in word-of-mouth activities. Teach yourself to read and count five years old. Anja’s teacher said she had never seen such a child in her entire career.
Why did Anja start modeling? Anja really enjoys taking part in photo sessions. It’s something that she seems really interested in and involved in.
When Anja was little, she had a photo session and when she got older and saw her pictures when she was younger, she asked me if she could take more pictures of her. and I told her we’d give it a try. Eventually, Anja joined a modeling agency.
How did the model help Anja? At the end of each shoot, she would tell me “it was the best day of my life”. In these moments, Anja has no difficulty and is always really focused, never hyperactive and always very cheerful! It’s a pleasure to watch!
How is the agency representing Anja as a model supportive? Her agency doesn’t know she has autism! Sometimes the hairdresser/makeup artist notices that she doesn’t like the noise of the hair dryer (hyperacusis) but that’s it
What do you both like to do together? We are very close! We love going out for snacks. Visit the museum when there are as few people as possible. To stroll in the Paris gardens. Anja is a big fan of fashion and she loves trying on looks. It was one of her dreams. To the fashion business when she was older. Anja would love to be an actress or a model! Clothes design too
What is Anja’s hobby? Anja loves fashion and she loves to do my makeup and hairdo. Create looks with real clothes or with an app. Since she has trouble breathing, it will be more convenient for her. Anja is fascinated by presidential elections and knows all the programs of each candidate.
Interests change with age. Currently, Anja enjoys volcanoes and astronomy, and is fascinated by a show that explains everything about it. Anja has as many rights as the planet, which she wants to protect at all costs. Anja is a little girl who will ask question after question. I don’t always have an answer 😉 She is interested in religion now.
Does Anja play any sports? Anja doesn’t enroll in a sports club but we do have a little garden and she runs a lot every day.
Anja loves dancing more than anything. I wanted to enroll Anja to start taking dance lessons. I explained to the teacher that Anja has autism and that I had to be there from the start to help her. The teacher didn’t want me to sign up. Anja is furious about the injustices she is facing.
I took my daughter to private skating classes and she loved it. We do yoga together at home, so she can relax a little more.
What is Anja’s favorite TV series/cartoon character/movie? Anja doesn’t watch a lot of TV shows or cartoons. I avoid screens as much as possible because they make her ADHD worse. She has never seen a full movie. She can watch for half an hour and then needs to move around and can’t focus.
I am always optimistic!
I believe a lot in my daughter’s abilities even when many people make her doubt…
Name: Anja Chevalier
Age: 7 years old
The firm: My Agency Kids
Photographer: Photographer Virginie Dubois
Location: Paris, France
Favorite flower: Anja’s favorite flower is peony
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