More Than Just a Pretty Face: A Day in the Life of a Model
From subways, castings, to tea, photographer Kathryn Wirsing shows us what it is like in the day in a life of model Laura Gavrilenko. Hint: it's not all glam and games!
By Kathryn Wirsing
Where are you from? I'm from Belarus originally, but three years ago I moved Milan and I'm in Paris now.
How do you prepare for fashion week? It is already the life I live as a model, so I am used to early call times and I already eat healthy food.
What has been one of your best casting experiences? I like when the clients talk to you and ask about the story behind the photos you have brought in. It's nice when you discover you know people in common and when you have a conversation that goes beyond the standard questions.
What's been your favorite show to walk in? About 2 years ago I was in Band of Outsiders. It was in Florence for Men's Fashion Week. I also love magazine shoots, like ones I've done with Marie Claire and ELLE. It’s always a great experience and you have a wonderful team to work with. The clothes and the accessories are fun and the team is very creative so a lot more comes out then you would ever except.
You've worked with Celine? Yes, I did their print collection. The line was very clean so we did a lookbook and it was without any makeup and our hair down. It was very natural, simple, and pure.
Laura waiting in line at casting
Laura changing into heels during casting
What helps you get through fashion week? The energy that everyone has is amazing, it gives you a lot of motivation. And, the support of friends and family is extremely important.
Are there secrets to having a good walk? Just walk with confidence, be yourself, bring energy, and relax.
What do you wear to castings? I wear simple clothes that show a nice silhouette. No bright colors--mostly black, gray, nude, and white. Something that would not be a distraction.
What kind of music do you listen to? Classical, jazz, blues, indie, rock, funk, house.
Street Style Shot