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Meet Gabriella Robisch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriella Robisch.

Gabriella, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up a taller than average human being for as long as I can remember. With such height comes great difficulties. Who would’ve ever thought to find pants would be so challenging? For normal people, you look at your style options, find your size, and you’re on your way home with a cute new pair of pants. For me, I walk into a store and I look for the pant section labeled “long lengths”. Not to my surprise, I have 2 style options and 6 total pairs to choose from. So, what do I end up with? Pants a whole two inches too short and a waist size nearly double my own. Aside from style difficulties, I have to live with the fact that I look like a walking giant to more people than not.

Considering the average height of a woman in the United States is 5’4 being 5’11 makes me a bit of an outlier. “Wow, your tall” people will say to me. How do you respond to that besides with an awkward smile or an uncomfortable “thanks”. If you know please reach out and share with me, I’m dying to know. Well, to be quite honest with you I never saw myself being where I am today. I am a high fashion model who specialized in runway. Now, how did I get here… from the age of five, I played soccer. This may not seem like it has anything to do with each other but trust me, it does. Up until the age of 17, after 12 years of soccering, I was on track to get a scholarship to play soccer (my whole life at the time) in college. Unfortunately, I faced a career-ending ankle injury and had to move on to find a new passion.

At this point, I was open to trying just about anything. I started to get told more often than I should try modeling, so you know what, I did. I started with surf and bikini photos until someone reached out to me on Instagram with a lead to a minor runway show. I was to show up and walking heels in front of a room full of people. Unfortunately, or fortunately for me, I’ve never owned heels let alone walk in them. So, I bought a pair of 3-inch heels and I practiced until my feet would bleed. The day of the audition finally came and I was as ready as I could’ve been having less than a week to prepare. To my surprise, I got incredibly positive feedback and a month later, I was chosen to be a part of the show. The day of the show we all practiced walking the stage and posing at the designated spots and I was feeling pretty good about it. As crazy as it sounds, I was asked to open the whole show.

After less than 30 seconds on the runway and showing up 6 hours prior to the show itself for fittings, hair, and makeup, I was hooked. There’s no way to put in words the feeling you get walking down the runway. An absolute sense of empowerment and beauty. By making connections and doing well in the show, I was asked to be a part of other shows and photoshoots. I finally found like I found my place in a community of people like I once had playing soccer. To this day, I love what I do to the core. I’ve had the chance to walk for multiple fashion weeks from San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles this season. I want nothing more than to pursue a career in modeling and grow as a person and just learn from the people around me. I’m so blessed to have fallen into the place I am today and I wouldn’t be here if I wouldn’t have stepped out of my comfort zone.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road hasn’t always been smooth. I’ve faced countless amounts of no’s and have had to make a name for myself all by myself. Being told I’m too “foreign” looking because of my heritage but then seeing plenty of successful models who look just like me. It’s a confusing and discouraging industry and I’ve just had to keep pushing on with the support of friends, family, and peers.

Please tell us about VoyageLA.
I am a striving and passionate high fashion runway model.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would find myself and be more confident in who I was before throwing myself into the dog house.

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FilmbyKP, Karissalillie, kanakozlowski, stillsbydeota

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