GABRIELLE CAUNESILBehind the talent
Gabrielle Caunesil, is the embodiment of Parisian chic and has quickly become iconic within the influence industry.
She is known for her captivating content driven by her killer sense of style, her smile, and above all, her stories, as she reveals her real life moments, career advice and more.
Her husband, Riccardo Pozzoli, is also a successful Italian entrepreneur who’s industry reputation remains strongly intact, as the pair travel around the world, capturing their exotic lifestyle and reveal their latest projects.
We caught up with TVBabe Gabrielle after her recent holiday with Riccardo in the Maldives. Continue reading to discover her Instagram advice, career tips and why she thinks the industry needs to change in 2019…
WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU FIRST GET SCOUTED?
I never really dreamed of being a model, I was actually always a tomboy playing football and never thought much about the beauty, fashion industry. However, when I was in my first year of University, I was scouted on the streets of Paris. My dad actually encouraged me to peruse my career, since it allowed me to pay for my travels and embark on my creative journey.
So, I visited the agency, which was a very scary experience since I had never before been in front of a camera, yet amazingly, before I had even left the building, they called to tell me the good news and before I knew it my life had completely changed!
However, I had also been scouted before this occasion but didn’t feel like the time was right, so I want to advice other models that it completely depends on timings, don’t jump into anything too quickly and make sure you like the people who you work with. Especially, since the agency whom first signs you, is rarely the one you end up staying with, it also depends on the city, industry trends etc…
Never be afraid of change, especially if it will help you grow in a positive way.
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As I grew up as a kid I have been confronted to mental health issues in the deepest ways. I saw people I loved suffer from it and I indeed suffered a lot from it too. As I grew old I tried many times to understand the human mind and studied psychology as I tough it would give me the tools to help the ones I loved and who suffered. I came across deep depression and anxiety in my life, moment that took off the willing out of me, took away my smile, my ambition, my willing to stand up and fight. Those moments were dark, deep and so intense. I felt many times like I would never get away with it. I many times felt lonely and hopeless. When I look back at it I want to take my young self in my arms and tell her that’s it’s ok, it will get better, and that she is loved. We live in a world where unfortunately mental health issues are linked with many stigmas and it’s gets hard for people to talk about it. I am thankful that those days are gone, I am grateful I had the chance to have a father that listened to me and helped me expressing my feelings without making me feel ashamed, without judging me. I am grateful I had friends who were opened enough to just accept those feelings I was going trough and give me the love and time I needed, I am lucky it was okay not to be okay. If you are going trough hard moments remember that there is light at the end, you are not alone; I have been there, many others too and survived it. I am happy today, i feel strong, and so much more confident. I do feel like this because I talked, because I accepted and expressed my feelings, I let it out and took care of it as you take care of any others health issue. I have been to a psychologist, it helped me a lot. Life is a journey, it’s not all sparkles there are moments that called for help, and we must accept it and act. We are all going trough are paths, somedays are easier that others, we are mostly clueless about what’s going on in others people life’s so let’s remember to be kind, to give chances, to forgive. Mental health is important, let’s talk about it. ITS OKAY NOT BE OKAY ❤️ #mentalhealthday
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MODELLING EXPERIENCE?
To me, it’s not specifically been an exact moment, but rather the accumulation of knowledge I have learnt over time, from the mixture of creatives I have been able to collaborate and connect with.
For me, what makes a memorable moment is what you take out of the experience and how the people around you can help you view and grow alongside this ever-changing industry.
When you are on set with such a creative, electric energy, these people, vibes and experiences are consequently what helps you change the most as both a model and a person, allowing yourself to understand what you want out of life and how the fashion world itself has transformed and how you can help this positive change grow.
I also love being able to travel with my work and discover the world with a whole new perspective. Every day you are able to be somewhere different, and meet new creatives with new visions.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER HAUTE COUTURE SHOW THIS SEASON?
It was amazing to see the show from both backstage and front row. I have always loved and admired his collection so it was a true honour to attend the show, especially since this was my first Haute Couture Season in Paris.
Every time you put on his creations you feel empowered, beautiful and spectacular!
WHAT IS ONE POSITIVE CHANGE YOU HOPE WILL HAPPEN IN THE INDUSTRY DURING 2019?
Diversity needs to be more prominent 100%. Especially on the catwalk, as it still seems to me that the profiles featured aren’t adventurous enough, and don’t necessarily represent the modern woman. They need to show diversity in colour, age, body shape etc in order to show that you are beautiful at any stage in your life.
Campaigns seem to have a stricter approach with this, especially when looking at makeup brands for example, but I believe that elegance can be shown at whatever age in life, and in order for society to see a change in the fashion industry as a whole, designers also need to refresh this mindset when casting models for their shows.
It is a message about the opening leadership of a brand and this gives huge value for any designer wishing to establish their identity within today’s modern society.
TELL US ABOUT THE FASHION AWARDS, WHAT WAS YOUR EVENT HIGHLIGHT?
It was probably one of the most beautiful events I have ever been too.
I was next to the likes of Kate Moss and it was so special to see the whole fashion community, united in one room. Amongst iconic models, I also had the chance of seeing various designers, CEO, artists, makeup artists etc and so it was amazing to see all this creativity joined together in one room, it was something I have never experienced before.
Another memorable moment from the evening was also during the various speeches given at the event. One, in particular, was focused on the importance of sustainability in fashion and how as the forefront of the creative industry, we all have a key responsibility to make this positive change happen. It was so inspiring to hear the companies take action for this important issue and actively see that people are wanting to be at the front of change, rather than just deal with the consequences.
With such a powerful and inspiring room filled with fashion’s elite, it was an iconic experience to witness, especially with this positivity and eco-friendly conscious.
DESCRIBE YOUR BEAUTY REGIME FOR RED CARPET EVENTS
Whenever I go to an event, I normally have to fly there the day before, so I don’t have so much time to get ready, however, I always stay true to my beauty regime and would suggest the following tips:
1. I love to use face-masks in the evening before an event. One brand I always trust is Dermaologica, they are true skincare specialists and really do have great products which help look after your skin.
2. I also pay great attention to my hair and always want to make sure it’s shining and full of life. In order to achieve this, I’ll wash my hair, do a braid, then put oil on the ends, this helps make it healthy and keeps it well-nourished.
WHICH FASHION BRAND INSPIRES YOU?
I am a French girl at heart, so one designer who has always inspired my fashion inspiration is Chanel. I always saw my grandmother with her bag when I was growing up and I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, even as a tomboy!
I also admire the house as a whole, I think it’s great that they have been able to stay true to their identity over such a long time period but also stay in touch with modernity. Their product design and sense of style are perfectly suited for both old and young woman and I think this is great they have something for everyone.
It’s really hard for a brand to achieve this, especially with so much competition and over so many years. But Chanel I think will always be a brand that is past down throughout generations, and are known as timeless, iconic pieces.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?
That we are lazy, don’t work and spend our lives on holiday!
I am a model and an influencer, but above all, I am a businesswoman. I am constantly on my way to meetings, working on my company, various projects etc. Models are not just a pretty face, every day we are getting stronger and more confident, so we are to take more control over our identity and how to best promote our profiles.
A lot of work happens behind the scenes, or that final Instagram image, so it’s never as you may think, but that’s the point, we are selling a dream of creativity.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 CAREER TIPS?
1. Stay true to yourself.
2. Collaborate with the right people and ensure you have the best energy around you.
3. Always believe in yourself and your career. Nothing can defeat you.
OUTSIDE OF MODELLING, TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKILLS/ INTERESTS?
I studied psychology at school and also did acting at a school in Paris. This is something I really want to develop on within my future projects.
Otherwise, my daily routine is just like anyone, I go to the gym, I cook dinner, oh and I LOVE walking my adorable dog.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP INSTAGRAM TIPS FOR FASHION MODELS?
1. Have an eye-catching focus to help enhance your content and ensure it resonates with the visual platform.
2. Define what you want to share with your community. Whether your travels, your lifestyle, your fashion, it’s good to have a direction and a constant stream of identifiable content. This ensures your profile will stand out amongst others and show that you are truly special because you are just being you.
3. Be real, because everyone is on Instagram and it’s simply the best way to stand out.
4. Interact with your audience through stories. Instagram has given us this great, interactive tool and we are now more than ever able to connect with our community, so share your real life moments and capture your true self, allow your followers to truly know who you are and what you represent.
5. Think global, think big, remember Instagram is an international network of possibilities.
Focus on something unique and be yourself, that is the most that anyone can ever ask from you.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE WITH TALENT VILLAGE SO FAR AND WHY WOULD YOU ADVICE OTHER MODELS ALSO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY?
I love Talent Village in so many different ways, they really help me. For example, they really help me find the best hotels during fashion week and connect me with luxury experiences. This is also so helpful because of my last minute schedule, so it’s great to have a team which you can always rely on.
Joining Talent Village has been a life-changing experience. Every time I go somewhere, Talent Village is always there, so thank you!
It is such a helpful and powerful platform, I really would suggest the app to any fashion model as they can truly optimise your identity and gain you access to such unique brand collaborations.