There’s more to Gold Coast model, GABRIELLA RAITI, than meets the eye. This gorgeous blonde is full of surprises. Not only training to be a scuba diving instructor, she also hopes one day to be an archeologist.

We met up with is horse-loving, shark-diving glamour to delve into her wardrobe.

Gabby, tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m 19 and born and bred on the Gold Coast. Being a “Goldie Girl” I’ve grown up on the water doing scuba diving and I’m currently training to be an instructor. I’ve also love horses and worked at a riding school during high school.

How did you get into modelling?
I began when I was 16. My sister had previously modelled so she set me up with my first photo shoot.

Who would you most like to work with?
I would love to shoot with Mario Sorrenti (photographer).

Who have you modelled for?
I have done numerous beauty and fashion photo shoots as well as parades and film clips. More recently I’ve modelled for Ryda Couture, Head in the Clouds parade, Oxygen Fashion and Sway on Sunset Parade.

How would you describe your style?
I’d like to think my style is quite alternative. It ranges between girly and preppy to more edgy depending on the day.

Do you have a style icon?
I don’t really have an icon but I love Rubi Ortiz I follow her on Intasgram (rubilove).

What would I find in your handbag?
My handbag is like Mary Poppins’ bag! You’ll find the usual phone, keys and wallet, but also glasses, numerous lipsticks, loose change, gum, water bottle, packet of nuts, my Samsung tablet, hair ties and lots of bobby pins.

What is your best and worst fashion buy?
My best would be my brown boots I bought in Shanghai, they are so comfy and versatile! My worst would have to be everything I wore when I was thirteen/fourteen – someone should’ve stopped me!

What is the best style advice you could give someone?
Shop for your shape!

What is your greatest indulgence?
Cookie dough, there is nothing better!

What is your favourite shop on the Gold Coast?
I mostly shop online but I love Cubic Collective in Surfers Paradise.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Scuba diving with sharks.

Finish these sentences…
When I’m not working… I’m usual scuba diving, going to the beach or shopping.
I’ve been told I look like… Isabel Lucas.
I listen to… anything on Triple J.
My favourite movies are… hands down the Harry Potter books! I also love Lord of the Rings and Phantom of the Opera.
My favourite book is… also Harry Potter, I’m obsessed.
My quirkiest habit is… I sing about everything, whether I’m cooking or cleaning or get ready to go to the gym, I make my life one big musical.
In 5 years I hope to… have had travelled the world.
In 10 years I hope to… have completed university and working as an archaeologist overseas.

Photos: ANDREW PLACE PHOTOGRAPHY, MALIN VICTORIA BURNAND, DAVE MASON



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