Always Try to Be a Better Person - Gabriela Reis

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

My dream of being a model started at 15 to 16 years old, when I started looking for information on how to become a model. My family was unable to support me financially and, on the other hand, lived in a very small city and it was difficult to move to the capital.

At 16, I moved to the big city on my own to finish my studies and go to college because the dream of modeling seemed impossible. In the middle of college I felt like I was not part of that environment and sadness took over, I didn't want to work in the profession that was about to graduate. 

So I decided to continue dedicating myself to a modeling career, I took courses and went to the Brazilian agencies and the answer was negative, no agency was interested in me. 

As I had only a few years to finish college, I finished my graduation, and that same year I had completed college, I was unemployed and broke. By chance, I found a card from an agency that sent models to the international agencies and I decided to take a chance because I had nothing to lose.

The next day they answered me and accepted me to be part of the agency but the problem was that I had no money to invest in my career. So I decided to sell my things, I sold my own clothes, shoes, refrigerator, everything from my house so I could pay my visa and travel to São Paulo. 

I counted on the help of my boyfriend Louis Pazzutti who helped to pay for my portfolio. After that I got my first contract and the country that chose me was India.

It was a very difficult moment because I went to a country where the culture was extremely different from mine, to adapt, to communicate it was very complicated but it was the chance I needed. 

In India I learned many things, I developed professionally and personally, I grew up in several aspects and prepared me very well for the fashion market!

Today I can only thank everyone involved in this journey, especially the agency in India that believed in my talent and gave me the first opportunity to discover a market that seemed impossible to me.

Today I travel to other countries for work, I still don't work in Brazil, I am dedicating myself to my international journey where I am very well received.

2. What led you to start your page on Instagram and what is it about?

My Instagram is to publicize my work and inspire people so that they see that it is possible to realize their dreams even if it seems impossible

3. How has your family inspired you in becoming a model?

At first, only my mother and my boyfriend supported me, the rest, what I heard mostly was mockery, saying that I was not able, that I would not go very far, and that the career was not for me and that it was a waste of time. 

These comments made me stronger and believe more in me and in my potential because what people say is just a limitation of them and not mine.

4. Can you talk about the skills that one needs to possess in becoming a successful model?

To be successful you need the basic principles like being polite, respecting, being honest, doing what is right, doing your best, training hard, studying, not giving up in the first attempt. Always trying to be a better person, not comparing yourself, and believe in yourself.

5. What is your idea of success or your mantra in life?

It is simply believing in yourself and the opinion of others is simply the opinion of others, it says nothing about you.

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to the future and aspiring models?

Study, take preparatory courses for modeling, it will help a lot, take foreign language courses, take care of your mental and physical health, have discipline and don't give up on yourself, on your dreams however impossible it may be, work, fight and you will conquer everything you want.

- Gabriela Reis

- Interviewed By: Amruta Liz Binoy

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