ame: Gabie Marie
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Photographer: Andrae "Kash" Williams
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I needed something more out of myself. I soon discovered a lack of self-love after losing a lot of weight after high school, and I wanted to see and believe what everyone else already saw in me. I also wanted to inspire other women to be strong and confident especially when diversity puts them down. It's truly an art being in front of the camera and I enjoy every minute of it.
2. How long have you been modeling?
3. Who is your favorite model?
1. Amra Olević (Amrezy)
4. Were you always comfortable in your own skin and in front of the camera?
No! The first time I got in front of the camera I disliked every picture that was taken that day and said "This isn't my thing." Nonetheless, I kept practicing the craft until I fell in love with it. The feedback from every picture taken helped me improve until everything about photography completely captivated me and it pushed me to be better and more confident one picture at a time.
5. Did you have any mentors who really helped mold and guide you?
Yes, when I started modeling I had an amazing support system. I've had other more experienced models give me great advice when I started out. Also, as a freelance model a lot of upcoming photographers gave me great feedback. Then I met Kash and he truly believed in me and wanted to take me to the next level, which I'm very thankful for.
6. Do you have any tips for aspiring models in the industry?
Always ask for constructive criticism from the photographer after every shoot. Be open minded! Envision what the photographer is telling you and put yourself into that scenario, mentally, in order to capture the emotion. Take care of yourself and prepare for upcoming shoots in advance.
7. Do you have a WTF moment at a shoot?
YES! I usually like to see my pictures after a while, to see if there's something I'm forgetting or if there's something I can do better. However, there was one photographer that I worked with who didn't allow me to look at any pictures until he was ready to publish them.
8. What are some of the biggest revelations you've discovered through modelling?
The camera is unforgiving and confidence is not a filter. If you don't have it, the camera will show it. Everything comes within.
9. Tell us something random about yourself.
I like eating raw cookie dough while watching American Horror Story.
10. What are you most proud of?
My ability to adapt, and overcome. I bring this to my shoots with me. Being able to show confidence and comfort in an uncomfortable pose, or scenario; such as shooting in a busy street. Now, I'm proud to be able to see uncomfortable circumstances, in photography, and be able to get a rush from it and have fun in the 'not so ideal' scenarios.
11. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to be remembered as strong, beautiful, and kind. I want people to remember that no matter what a person goes through they can keep their smile and overcome bad circumstances.
12. Any other fun facts about you?
I learned to be a photographer before I learned how to model. This comes from my passion of travel and fitness. I believe this helps me understand photographers better when they are shooting me. Part of me learning to embrace and love myself as is, was to wear my hair naturally curly. Furthermore, I learned how to do professional make-up out of enjoyment. I style my own make-up and hair for almost every shoot. I go to college for cybersecurity and enjoy to read on my free time. I love fitness and try to get those that surround me into it as well.