PAISLEY GILBERT

I have just recently started focusing more on building my confidence and self-esteem. I've always struggled a good deal with confidence, as I have a mood disorder, so I find myself easily dragged into the loop of negative thinking when I start feeling down. In the last few months, I started focusing more on thinking positively and telling myself, "This is not the end of the world." and that seems to help a lot. It's like the saying, "Fake it 'til you make it." The more positive thoughts you have, the more your brain gets used to them. 

 

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I felt fairly comfortable in front of the camera to begin with, but I definitely get more comfortable the more I shoot. Fully opening up is definitely a process, so I think of the beginning of a shoot as a warm up. I always feel best toward the end of a shoot because that's when I'm most comfortable. Being comfortable makes such a difference, though, because it shines through your body language and eyes, affecting the overall image. As for features I like to accentuate most, I would say my cheekbones and my lips. My favourite models all have killer bone structure and pretty lips, so I've always been drawn to those two things.

 

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I was extremely excited for [the Yume] editorial because I love Joey's work, and I was so happy to hear that his girlfriend, Emily Trudeau, would be styling it. She models with my agency in Boston, too, and she was the first face that really stood out to me on my agency's site before I sent my photos in. They are both so sweet and funny, so the day felt more like we were just hanging out than anything. My favourite part of the shoot was when we shot with the horses on the property. I grew up with horses, but they didn't know that, so they were surprised when I suggested I hop on bareback for a shot. Those photos turned out to be some of my favourites, too. Oh, and I can't leave out the baby goats we got to see. They were too damn cute. You can't go wrong shooting on a farm... Animals make everything better. 

 

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The most memorable items I've worn while shooting were definitely the clothes designed by Kelly Dempsey, the killer designer and finalist in Project Runway's last season. She is the coolest chick, and her clothes are insane. I am most comfortable in comfortable clothing, clothing I personally like, soft intimates, or no clothing. : ) 

 

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I was definitely an odd child, but I have always loved all things creative. I was obsessed with scary movies, and my first goal was to be an actress in a scary movie. I got a Freddy Krueger doll for my fifth birthday, so I was a dedicated horror film fanatic. I was also oddly obsessed with Stephen King at a young age, too. I also loved to draw and paint in my younger years. Additionally, I love singing and playing piano. Music is one of those things I wish I had further pursued, but it'll always be a side passion to me. 

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: Rejection. I used to get really discouraged after being rejected, but I got used to it. I also realized rejection is not necessarily an insult or an indicator that you're not good enough. Rejection in modeling, most of the time, just means you don't fit the exact vision the client has at that time. Just like food! Not everyone has the same taste, and tastes constantly change. 

 

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I am very optimistic about the future, though I do get discouraged from time to time. I am studying public relations at Boston University's College of Communication, and I love it. Like many others, I would love to pursue modeling full-time, but I feel more secure having an educational background. If I were 5'10, sure, I'd drop everything and go for it, but, for now, I am going to focus on finishing school. 

 

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The end of civilzation will be caused by: Millennials. 

 
















Paisley Gilbert // paisleygilbert

Joey Whipp // joeywhipp

 

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