Saturday, March 5, 2016

Meet Annabelle Tsaboukas, Model

Once again, time moves fast and it's the first week of a new month! For March, I had the opportunity  to interview Annabelle Tsaboukas and get to know her life as a model. Doe-like, petite, and fresh-faced are all words you could use to describe her. All of these words popped up in my head when I first took notice of her at the Babyghost FW16 Presentation. Read on to see her thoughts about balancing school with modeling, misconceptions of modeling, and a lot more!

taken from Annabelle Tsaboukas' Instagram
Follow Annabelle Tsaboukas here on Instagram: @annabelletsaboukas

Agency: Supreme Management

Tell me a little about yourself!

I was raised in Brooklyn, NY in an Italian-American family. I’ve been a model for five years, and I’m based in New York where I also study at Hunter College.

What’s a typical day-in-the-life like for you?

Every day is different, but it’s not unusual for me to have to go to class and a job and my internship all on the same day. I usually have a class in the morning, run straight to my job, and if we finish early enough I’ll go up to Asia Society where I intern. That’s ideal but it almost never works out that way. Whatever has a greater priority will take up most of my day.

taken from Annabelle Tsaboukas' Instagram

How do you balance college and modeling at the same time?

It was very hard in the beginning! You just have to have a very clear idea of what you want and be honest with your booker. Luckily Carlos is an amazing booker who understands that I have other responsibilities in my life and is very supportive of that.

How are you so fluent in Mandarin?

I wouldn’t say I’m even close to fluent but I first started studying Chinese in my first year of high school, so it’s been over 8 years already. I wasn’t happy with the Chinese I was learning in the classroom so I tried to make an effort to meet with native speakers and have casual conversations with them. That helped me improve much faster than just learning in the classroom. Watching movies and TV shows has helped me a lot too.

There’s a common misconception that modeling is all fun and play, but that’s definitely not the case. What’s the hardest thing you’ve gone through throughout your modeling career so far?

It can definitely be physically demanding, uncomfortable, and painful. We shoot winter coats in sweltering heat and swimwear in the freezing cold and have to look completely natural doing it. We have to walk in shoes that might be much too small and still look “fierce” doing it. One of the toughest things for me though is juggling work and my other commitments, because a model’s work schedule is unpredictable until the last minute and that makes planning other things quite difficult.

Annabelle Tsaboukas at the Babyghost FW16 Presentation
Picture By Me
Has being a model changed your insight or perspective about fashion/fashion industry in any way?

I don’t think I even had any idea what the fashion industry was like before I started working. What I will say is that there is no way I can look at advertisements the same way again. All I can think about is the Photoshop that goes into it, the pins and clamps behind the model’s back to make the clothes look good. Fashion is sold to us as a product that is very carefully marketed, just like any other commodity, and every single decision that is made in presenting fashion to us - from the race and age of the model to the platform on which we see it - is made of the very purpose of getting use to buy. I’ve noticed a positive change in the industry lately, which is (to put it succinctly) that designers are starting to sell clothing that the consumers want, rather than telling them what they should want. 

What's the best lesson you've learned from modeling thus far?

Probably to live in the moment. I’m someone who loves to plan things far in the future and reflect on my past. But modeling can be demanding and exciting work, it forces you to be very present and ware of your surroundings. So that’s something I got much more used to after I started modeling.

Favorite place to chill at in New York?

I could easily spend a few hours wherever there’s tea and a place to sit. In terms of neighborhood I like the East Village the most.

How would you describe your personal style?

I love really masculine clothing. I prefer dark colors and asymmetry and black leather boots.

Any beauty secrets or must-haves ?

I’ve always liked using aloe. I don't know if it actually does anything or if it’s all in my head but my skin feels a lot better when I use it.

Lastly, can you give me a little quote that bests sums you up as a person?

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
- Oscar Wilde

And, that's it! Lots of thanks to Annabelle Tsaboukas for doing this interview with me and being the nicest person ever!

Also, check out my recent Fashion Week posts! 

- Babyghost FW16 Presentation: oversize everything

- THIS IS THE UNIFORM you're gonna want to wear

Until next time,