Interview: Model Gabriele Matelyte (Lithuania)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I really don't like talk about myself, I think my friends could describe me better. In general, I am a person who likes to look for the “different” things in the world.
I am now studying for a master’s degree of public relations.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I would probably get rid of my procrastination skills. I keep putting things off. I like getting up very late whenever I can, so I end up not using my morning hours fully and only work productively under the pressure of the dead-line.
Also, I would exchange the "shy" side of me for the ability to appear more confident.
How did you start modelling?
I became a model about 14 years ago. I was scouted by a photographer on Facebook. He approached me and told me I had a great look and asked me if I have ever considered modelling. Fast-forward a month later – we did some photo shoots, he brought me into a modelling agency, and I got signed on the spot.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I really like to travel and meeting new people; however, traveling may cause a lot of discomfort and stress sometimes - models work in a variety of different conditions, studios, runway fashion shows, and outdoors in various weather conditions.
What makes modelling a tricky job is that it requires me to look good all the time at any and every cost. This expectation isn’t realistic and causes a lot of pressure and anxiety. I think starting as a 13-year-old girl in fashion industry was way too young, because schedules can be demanding and stressful.
What is your beauty regimen?
Long time ago one of my music idol Sid Vicious said “I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror, so my regimen is one bottle of beer before I go sleep and love to myself”.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
It’s passion and enthusiasm. If you are passionate and enthusiastic about your work, you are more engaged and produce better results.
What are your plans for the future?
I believe not having a plan can be the best plan of them all. Best things in life come unexpectedly.
What are some of your favourite experiences so far?
I’m pretty sure, that all of these 14 years of modelling, was one grand and amazing experience which I truly enjoyed. I love photo shoots and travelling all over the world. The only thing I don’t think I could choose from would be: which one is better - shooting in middle of Paris centre, or shooting in middle of Malaysian jungle?
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modelling?
In life it doesn't matter what people say about you. What matters most is what you think about yourself. So just believe in yourself and do it.
What do you think of the magazine?
What I love about this fashion magazine is that it includes so many things: fashion shoots, catwalks, interesting interviews, style advice and so many other different points of view. I just love it.