Times Square. The Met. Central Park. Dumbo. Hudson Yards. The Brooklyn Bridge.
These are all places Anastasia Fields has flashed her butt.
Scrolling through her Instagram account, @Vegilates, you’ll see Fields pulling up her dresses or dropping trou to show off her bodacious behind at classic locations across NYC and around the country.
In December, the bootylicious social media star, who has 1.4 million followers, went viral by baring her rump in a photo with NYPD officers.
But she doesn’t do it (just) for the thrill.
“The butt-flashing thing is just a strategy to attract a lot of followers,” the 32-year-old told The Post, through a thick Russian accent. “I know exactly what people want to see; I’m in the entertainment business.”
Making money by taking pictures of her money maker — all while living in the United States — is something a young Fields could have never imagined.
The model grew up in a small coal-mining town in Siberia, which lives up to its dark and chilly reputation. “It’s tough and brutal; there are a lot of people who drink there. A lot of depression going on,” she remembered. Her parents were poor. Fields, who goes by Ana, turned to books for comfort. “My way to escape reality was that I studied a lot. I was extremely nerdy at school,” she said.
At age 17, she was able to partake in an English-learning program in London, her first time leaving Mother Russia. “I saw there was a better world out there,” she said. Fields attended university in her home country, where she got a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While working at a bank, a co-worker enticed her to try for an American visa.
“I didn’t have anything against [the US], but I wasn’t excited, either,” she said. “It wasn’t my plan, it wasn’t my dream, but I got a visa.”
After landing in Miami in 2013, Fields made her way to New York City, where she met her eventual husband at a restaurant. He was working in health insurance, and Fields was assisting him, until he lost one of his biggest clients.
That’s when, in 2018, Fields started her Instagram account and an OnlyFans page to help provide for the two of them. She started out wanting to post about her vegan diet and her pilates habit (hence the name Vegilates). But, not feeling like an expert on either subject, “I started just taking sexy pictures in lingerie or whatever,” she remembered.
Her husband was nothing but supportive: “He says, ‘Do whatever makes you happy.’ ”
The next year, she decided to have her breast implants removed, after a friend had read that they could cause cancer. With no boobs to show off, Fields turned her attention to her behind.
“When people get into social media, they get the implants in, not take them out,” said the Upper East Sider, who also has a place in Miami. Putting her marketing skills to use, she thought: “ ‘I know exactly how to sell things. What can I sell, what’s my specialty?’ I decided to make my butt famous.”
She has her videos down to a science. “It has to be a public place. It has to be flashing. It has to be me smiling. It has to be enough light. Ideally, people engaged in the background, whether they’re smiling or saying something silly,” said Fields. “I have to do something that excites people, yet no one would be comfortable to do it.”
Fields does have limits: she’ll never reveal herself in front of children, or do it for more than a few seconds. “I’m a rule follower. I don’t have a single ticket [from the police], I’m extremely terrified to get in trouble,” she said. Luckily, “It’s New York. People see so many crazy things going on here.”
The stunts worked: In one year, she earned 1 million followers on Instagram. Fields makes money from aspiring influencers who pay her to recommend that her followers also follow them. And she charges her “thousands” of OnlyFans subscribers $6.99 a month each.
Gradually, she’s starting to transition into less nudity, something she’s done on her OnlyFans page as well. “Even though it cost me a lot of money, it’s worth it because I feel better about myself,” she said.
Soon, Fields wants to start working with lifestyle brands. To do so, she said, “I need to show where I’m going, what restaurants I’m going to, something normal.” When the pandemic calms down, she’s going to enroll in school to become a personal trainer, so she’ll have some real knowledge to post about her true passion, fitness.
But don’t expect her derrière portraits to disappear any time soon. Fields is already planning her next post.
“[I’m] thinking about firefighters.”