As we celebrate the Plus Size Bride, get to know our lovely June cover model and Atlanta, Georgia native, Gabrielle Bowens.
Stephanie Penn-Danforth: First thank you for gracing our June cover, How long have you been modeling?
Gabrielle Bowens: 12 years
SPD: How did you get started?
GB: I started my junior year in High School
SPD: Wow, what was your first show?
GB: A show at the Georgia World Congress Center
SPD: That’s really cool, Were you considered plus size then, or straight size?
GB: I’ve always been plus size…
SPD: Tell me a little about that experience? What did you like about modeling that made you want to continue?
GB: I’ve always liked modeling since I was a child and it kind of came natural to me.
SPD: Was your first show for a boutique or retailer?
GB: It actually was for a woman that sold make up and lingerie. She was in the process of creating her own modeling agency.
SPD: So you helped her a great deal. How did you start modeling for Curvysta?
GB: I met Jovanna through a young lady that I modeled with some time ago.
SPD: It must be nice to shop at a plus size boutique as well as model for them. Are there many boutiques in Atlanta for Plus size women?
GB: No, there may be more but I only know of a handful
SPD: Is Atlanta a good place for an aspiring plus size model?
GB: No, New York is the best place. The market is not as high here.
SPD: I hear that alot. In addition to modeling, I heard you were a makeup artist. How did you get into that?
GB: I’ve always loved makeup. I started doing makeup in High School. I did cosmetology for 3 years and I found that I liked make up more than doing hair.
SPD: So makeup is your first love but do you still do hair also?
GB: Not so much. I do more weaves. I still don’t really like doing hair.
SPD: Do you prefer doing everyday makeup or dramatic makeup?
GB: A little bit of both. I like to teach [women how to apply] everyday makeup.
SPD: Is there a market for that?
GB: Yes, Actually there is. I run into them often on my job. I just need a venue to teach at.
SPD: I have a friend who does the same thing but I always assumed that women wouldn’t pay to learn makeup application. Do you teach other women who want to turn it into a profession?
GB: Not really. It’s something that you already know and then you perfect it.
SPD: Correct me if I’m wrong but you work at the MAC store, right?
SPD: Is it difficult to juggle working at the MAC store, teaching makeup as an entrepreneur and living everyday life?
GB: Sometimes it is.
SPD: I can imagine. What are your goals as a makeup artist?
GB: My goal is to open up a make up school for the everyday woman.
SPD: I love it!!! And I’m sure other women would as well. If I was in Atlanta, I would be a customer. Do you find yourself doing your own makeup for photo shoots?
GB: All the time and fashion shows as well.
SPD: Since we’re celebrating the plus size bride this June, what are some tips you can offer regarding color?
GB: I would say to keep it fresh and simple. Very angelic like and focus on the lips.
SPD: Well thank you again for taking time out of your schedule Gabrielle. Again you look beautiful on the cover.
MUA- Gabrielle Bowens
Photographer -Jovanna Reyes
Stylist/Photo Assistant- Angelique Austin
Male Model- Ramon Terri
Flowers -Gitche Ya Ya in Kirkwood Station of Atlanta, GA
Wedding Dresses, Earrings and accessories by Curvysta.
Male model suit and tie, Stylist own