- How did you become a model?
I started in the world of fashion when I was 15 years old by doing a course on modeling in my city Goiânia. In the beginning my mother had me placed me in the course only so that I would be less shy. Because I was very tall and thin, I felt very different from other girls my age. After the course I liked it so much I decided that I wanted a career in modeling. In the course they taught catwalk, posture, photo, manners, theater, and in the end of the course the best were selected for continue in the agency, and this happened with me. After being selected, I did my first book and started working as a model. I worked in Goiânia, Brasília, São Paulo until the opportunity of an international career came up. My first trip was when I was 17 years old to Milan in Italy.
- What did you do before you became a model?
I was Studying and I played volleyball. I never stopped my studies. I would only travel between semesters until I completed my course in Human Resources.
- Describe yourself in five words
I am a person who is determined, reserved, observative, intuitive and I’m a good listener.
- What are your biggest passions in life?
Writing is my passion. My writing is self-analysis based and I also help other people through my writing.
I have my blog: https://namastemundoporjoicegabriela.wordpress.com
Page in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/namastemundoporjoicegabriela
- How do you keep in shape?
I naturally have a lean structure, thanks to my genetics. I never deprive myself of anything, I love eating. I never do anything crazy to fit the measurements required of me, like some girls in this market may feel they need to do. Some models already have the body type to be a model, while others don’t. I eat every three hours and I like to walk for fresh air. I also intend on starting dance classes and volleyball as that is my favourite sport.
- What is one makeup product you can’t live without?
I’m open about what products I use, and not attached to anything. What I’ve learnt over the years is to adapt. Whenever I travel I try new products. These days the beauty industry provides wonderful products, so I always try and buy local products. Buying beauty products in a new country is a good way to avoid having excess baggage, and you get to experience something new.
- Who is your biggest inspiration in the fashion industry?
Definitely our wonderful Brazilian, Gisele Bündchen. I’m sure she is an inspiration not only for me, but for thousands of people all over the world. I admire her career and how she is recognized globally. A big kiss to you Gisele if you ever read this interview. I admire her not only as a professional, but also as a person.
- What is you favourite shoot that you have done and why?
It’s difficult to choose, as I’ve worked in Milan, Mexico, China, Thailand, India and Brazil. All work I do, I do to the best of my ability. All these years as a model I’ve had wonderful opportunities. And thanks to modeling I have met people and been to places that I never imagined were possible.I like fashion shows the most, as it is a creative process that I admire. I did a show for Swarovski in India that I will never forget, as it was an incredible night.
- What are three pros and three cons of being a model?
All jobs have positives and negatives, modeling is no different. People wrongly think that modeling is all glamour, not knowing all the sacrifices and difficulties behind the whole process. All the public sees are the beautiful photos in the magazine, the incredible clothes or the perfect commercial, not knowing that the model stayed hours, sometimes until dawn to do a commercial that is only seconds. The public doesn’t know about the rehearsing, trying clothes, waiting, casting, tight shoes, sun, cold, no time to eat or sleep, the sacrifices and sometimes not having money. Like me, many models started working very young which comes at a price, like leaving their homes and the families. Many models don’t have the personality to withstand the pressure and competition of modeling, and lose themselves along the way. The good part is that you can travel, experience different cultures, languages and people. As such you can experience a world beyond what you knew, and learn to respect and value what you have and who you are.
- What would your dream job as a model be?
I let God put the best opportunities in my path. What is for me, I accepted gladly. I’m grateful for everything.
- Why did you choose to come model in Mumbai?
It was Mumbai who chose me, India called me. My mother agency said that I had an opportunity to work in India. I never thought that someday I would come to India. In Brazil there was a famous novel based in India and I always wanted to see the Taj Mahal. Years later, one beautiful day life surprised me and here I am until today.
- What are your plans for the future?
I want to bring together my modeling career with other projects that I have in mind. I’m motivated by my writing and communicating , so I would like to do something with that; but the future belongs to God.
- What has been the best advice you have received as a model?
Nothing in life is permanent, so be grateful for small and big things. Life happens in the blink of an eye.