Name: Gabrielle Blevins
Agency: Profile Model Management
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
How did you become a model?
I was scouted when I was 14 when I did a modeling workshop in NYC one summer. Then I moved to New York (where I live still today) when I was 16 to be a model full-time.
Who is your favourite designer?
If I had to choose, my favorite designer would probably be Junya Watanabe. I don’t know how to describe fashion without sounding pretentious or having it make that much sense. I’ll say that his designs are very complex and thought out but at the same time come together very simplistically, like plants in a garden (especially Fall 2015 RTW, that was a good season).
What do you wear on your days off?
I usually wear big weird t-shirts from thrift stores, jeans and boots. Or turtlenecks. I’m really big on turtlenecks.
What book, movie or song means the most to you?
What an impossible question. Right now I’m going to say the movie From Dusk Till Dawn because it is so strange and really everything that I want in a movie. Vampires, strippers, and American treasure Danny Trejo.
Who are your heroes in life?
I try my hardest not to put people on pedestals but people that continually inspire me are Maya Angelou, my parents Phil and Laura, contemporary artist Jenny Holzer, and all of the people in the world that struggle with depression but keep going.
What is your present state of mind?
I’m in a New York state of mind? Just kidding. I’m really in a very motivated mindset recently. I’m a musician and I’m really trying to make that a bigger focus in my life.
What is your idea of happiness?
My idea of happiness is comfort. A few different ways, I would like to live in the mountains somewhere and write music with no distractions. Also living in a world where we don’t have to worry about police violence (too real?).
How would you like to be perceived by others?
I would like to be perceived as being kind and also strong. I wanna be seen as someone who’s voice matters.
If you were not a model, what would you be?
I’ve gone through many phases in my life … so a zoologist, an architect, a filmmaker or most likely a musician.
What advice do you have for other models?
Be yourself and don’t let any adverse criticism you will definitely receive get the best of you. Someone will get you no matter how weird you are. I promise. Also you can find my music at peachcrush.bandcamp.com
by Justin van Vliet
All images by Justin van Vliet