Interview: Gaby from Gabriella Wonders
I met Gaby a while ago when she was looking for photographer for her blog Gabriella Wonders. My friend Vita suggested me to her, and that is how we started chatting. I was so excited when Gaby picked me and was looking forward to shooting with her. I simply adore meeting new people and there is so much to talk about and discuss. This is why I decided to prepare a small intro of Gabriella Wonders for you. To do this I asked her few questions about herself and her brand.
Mina: Tell me a little bit about your background.
Gaby: I was born into a small Hungarian town into family of women only– Mom, Grandma, and my sister. I left the town when I was 15 years old to model and have travelled every day since for work. I graduated high school as a private student. I live between Los Angeles–New York–London.
M: Where did you get the idea for Gabriella Wonders? How did you come up with the name?
G: I was always a very curious child, a fact that didn’t change as I grew up. I’m curious about the world as a whole, politics, economics, social structures, and the universe. I read a lot and watch many documentaries on these subjects. But first and foremost, I am curious about my inner world, what makes us who we are and what motivates us. I have been known to wonder about such things. Self-observation, philosophy, and 'wondering' is part of my everyday life, it keeps me balanced.
M: Tell us about Gabriella Wonders and who is behind the brand. Why did you create Gabriella Wonders?
G: I created GW for filling a hole in the blogging world, to create entertaining and motivating content about women empowerment that focused not only on fashion-makeup or substance-motivational-feminist subjects but on mixing the two together. The core of GW is a woman (one I aspire to be as well) who is effortless, assertive but alluring, and perfectly balances tapping into her feminine and masculine energies. Someone who uses fashion to express herself and is not enslaved by it. I created GW for women who want to break the social conventions that limit women and for those who won’t accept being fined within a box. Those who are ready to own up to their gorgeous unique selves and say “This Is Who I AM, not everyone has to like it and that's ok too”.
M:How long is since you started Gabriella Wonders?
G: A blog has been taking shape in my mind for the past 3 years, but I never could put my thumb on a clear niche. It wasn’t ready, I wasn’t ready. I guess it was the fear of putting your inner self on “paper” for everyone to dissect. It was exactly the this-is-me-and-you-don’t-have-to-like-it attitude that needed to mature in me. So, last December, after I celebrated my 27th birthday, GW went live.
M: What was the biggest thing you learned during your modelling years?
G: How to be ok with being alone. How to use my voice to be effective but not cutting. And confidence. Not from the outside (from being a model and being made to look great on camera) but from the inside, from realizing that I was more than capable. That I could take care of myself.
M: What inspires you?
G: A far far image of myself in the future, of someone who is everything that I respect in a person. I created her when I was a teen and she is changing as I change. Growing as I grow. Almost like when you run a marathon and your coach keeps moving the finish line just a little further every time you catch up, and you reach that too. It's evolution.
M: What was the last book you read?
G: “Molly’s Game”, “25 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Capitalism”, and “Artemis”
M: Would you recommend any books or authors to read to someone who just started their own blog?
G: Sarah Knight’s “You Do You”, “The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck”, and “Get Your Shit Together”. I found her books late January and was over the moon! The message resonates perfectly with GW and I soon bought all of it.
M: What are you working on at the moment?
G: I’m studying the stock market, as I’ve invested in it and want to know exactly what I’m doing. And getting ready to study interior design.
M: What was the biggest challenge you have faced since you became a model and blogger?
G: I think freelance work is difficult for a procrastinator like me. But it gives me one more chance to learn about myself. I would never change it. I love my freedom.
M: How does your average day look like?
G: I have a little dog now, Bonnie. She brings much needed structure to my chaos. When I have a photoshoot, I start my work day the night before. I eat light and try to get a good night’s sleep. I get up 2 hours before I have to be at the studio. Shower, wash my hair, grab some breakfast, and head out. On set, it’s usually a bit of a mess at first but everyone has a role and works together seamlessly. A makeup artist and hairdresser get me ready in two hours, while the art director talks me through the look and feel of the shoot. Then, I hop on to set and shoot until the afternoon, only stopping for lunch.
M: What is your favourite part of the day?
G: When I wake up extremely early and feel the limitless opportunities of the day.
M: What are your favourite brands?
G: I love handbags, so I tend to splurge on them, but my clothes are mostly high street or premium high street. I adore Zimmerman dresses, Chloe, Isabel Marant, Dior, Zara, Self-Portrait, Paige Denim.My go to makeup brands are Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, Tom Ford, Hourglass, and Path McGrath Labs.
M: Do you have any obsession?
G: Yes, I love reading about crazy conspiracy theories and alternative history theories involving ancient cultures and aliens.
M: What advice would you give someone now that you wish you had known before?
G: GW is basically a letter to my younger self. So, go check it out and you’ll find a lot of advice there.