Society model Gabriella Calthorpe It is obvious from the way Gabriella Calthorpe is biting into her M gourmet sandwich elegantly but nonetheless hungrily that she is a model who has a healthy approach to food.
But the ravishing 19 year old (whose real name Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther Gough Calthorpe is an even bigger mouthful than her sandwich) gets just a little irritated by the suggestion that it isn't possible to earn your living as a model unless you have an 'eating disorder or a drug habit'. 'This is a profession in which how you look dictates whether or not you get work, so a model has to be healthy'In fact, Gabriella is on a mission to change the way in which her profession is viewed. 'People make a whole series of assumptions about models. There is this stereotypical image of girls who don't eat but just pandora rings sale smoke and take loads of drugs, and this is not the case at all. 'For heaven's sake, this is a profession in which how you look dictates whether or not you get work, and you can see immediately in someone's face if they don't eat enough or take drugs. It shows in their skin and their eyes. A model has to be healthy,' she says in gentle, if slightly exasperated tones. Gabriella's approach to her work is refreshingly professional. With her stunning looks and aristocratic background, it would have been easy for her to become an It girl (a term that makes her wince). Instead she has established herself as a successful working model (she has appeared in high profile Topshop, Lacoste, L K Bennett and Burberry campaigns) with the rare potential to achieve the kind of longevity enjoyed by only a handful of supermodels (industry insiders are predicting a career for her to rival such names as Helena Christensen, Heidi Klum and Elle Macpherson). Rather than pursue publicity, Gabriella has assiduously avoided it (this is her first interview), preferring to keep her head down and work hard instead of exploiting the society connections that put her, last year, into second place ahead of Sienna Miller and alongside her actress half sister Isabella in Tatler's most eligible girl in Britain list. 'I don't understand nile jewelry why I got anywhere near such a list because I have done nothing to help it. It's the same with my sister Isabella we both avoid the society thing. We never go to parties, we never hang out in the clubs associated with all that we are incredibly private. 'I have never had the ambition to be famous for nothing; you have to do something with your life,' she says. Gabriella whose childhood nickname of Bumble Bee (given to her by her father) has now been abbreviated to Bumpy may be surprised at her inclusion on those 'most eligible' lists, but her highly glamorous (and just a little complicated) family history makes it inevitable. Gabriella has one full sister, Octavia, and two half sisters Olivia, 28, and Arabella, 25, from her mother Vanessa's first marriage to Sir Dai Llewellyn. She also has three half siblings Georgiana, 30, Isabella, 28, and Jacobi, 25 from the marriage of her father Joe Anstruther Gough Calthorpe, a businessman, to Lady Mary Gaye Curzon. Unusually, all the children nine in total when you include Lady Mary Gaye's two other daughters, Pandora, 35, and Cressida, 19 spent much of their childhoods together. 'There are just two months between Cressida and me, and although we're not officially stepsisters, she was my best friend when we were little and we grew up together, so she kind of is anyway. I know that in some families there are big divisions between half brothers and half sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters, but outlet pandora charms for me there is no difference we are an incredibly close and united family that transcends those barriers.' 'I have never had the ambition to be famous for nothing; you have to do something with your life'Growing up together in such a vast extended family was, Gabriella says, a huge benefit on all sorts of levels. As children, they had enormous fun, and as adults they continue to support each other's diverse careers (Olivia is also a successful actress, Jacobi, the only boy, is in PR, Pandora is designer Vivienne Westwood's right hand woman, and Georgiana is a highly regarded artist). 'It's great when I go home for the weekend because there are always two or three siblings there, although it's unwise to leave any clothes around because one or other of my sisters is bound to borrow them,' she says with a laugh. Gabriella was 14 years old when she was spotted at a dinner party by Naomi Campbell, who subsequently introduced her to her own agency, Premier. According to the agency's co founder, Carole White, it was obvious even at that age that there was something about Gabriella's 'timeless elegance, beauty and intelligence' that was special. Heavily chaperoned and carefully managed (Gabriella, at Premier's insistence, doesn't attend castings and is only put up for jobs that they deem suitable), she worked through her last two years of education, managing, with the help of a tutor for the final months, to garner three A levels. Another preconception about her profession that Gabriella is anxious to overturn (along with the notion of models having eating disorders and drug habits) is the idea that it is a job in which brains are optional. This autumn she has started a fine art degree at City and Guilds of London Art School, a course that she will pursue while continuing her modelling career. 'When you tell people you are a model they have a pandora charms jewelry stores very narrow view of who you are, and it's good to be able to say that it's not all that I am. I love the work and believe me it is work, it's nowhere near as glamorous as people imagine but I want to keep learning,' she says. Gabriella has a natural flair for fashion.
Even today we meet in the first couple of months of her fine art degree dressed down as a student, she manages to look elegantly appropriate in jeans worn with a vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket (given to her by a 'friend's granny'), secured with an 'old belt of my mum's'). Her creative talent (she is a gifted painter) is undoubtedly helpful in her modelling career one thing Gabriella believes is crucial to a successful modelling career is having a 'good eye' and an ability to be part of the creative process of fashion photography. She is not worried about being able to keep up with her City and Guilds assignments and her modelling schedule, because she loves being busy and challenged.
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