As an independent stylist, Fatimah Gabriella is living off her passion for fashion and style, giving every project she works on her very own personal touch. We have asked her about her creative life, and the willpower it takes to make it on your own.
How and when did your passion for fashion start?
There was no specific experience that kickstarted my passion. I started working with fashion because an opportunity presented itself when my network started expanding after high school. I’ve always been a really passionate person, and I never do anything half, so when I started getting into the fashion industry, my passion unfolded and grew. Today fashion is without a doubt my biggest passion.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started out as stylist?
It is super important to be a couple steps ahead, to have an extra card up your sleeve. It’s always better to bring too many outfits on set than too few. I always bring some extra, so there are more options to work with.
Where did you find the courage to make it on your own?
I believe that people with a more difficult background often are those more capable of creating something special and creative. It is probably because of their ability to put things in perspective. I am very much aware of how privileged I am in Denmark, and I take advantage of that fact any chance I have. I don’t believe that anyone will seize my destiny for me and direct me to wherever I want to be.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I’m mostly inspired by the process itself. Anything from creating the mood and the tone of the shoot, to finding specific styles that encapsulates the emphasis of a shoot. Whenever I start working I’m continuously coming up with new ideas and directions.
Sometimes I like to use social media, movies or magazines to produce the frail ideas that push me over the edge, and makes inspiration start flowing.
Is there anything else that you’re also passionate about at the moment?
When I’m not spending time on my biggest passion, I spend time with the people around me. It is inspiring to me that the people around me question the smallest givens to the largest whys. Having these kinds of conversations are stimulating and enriching. The people around me are so curious and not two of them are alike.
Passion; also known as dedication, as hunger, it is the desire to destroy oneself for one’s art. To tear down, move, or start over in order to rebuild and expand. The feeling of not being able to let go. It is a human condition that most are bound by.
Even though we are JUST human, JUST women, JUST female, we all have that drive that makes us ‘more than’. It is what makes us-, our stories-, and our creations unique. From a job, to a child, to a hobby gone wild, we, and you, are more than JUST female. We have gathered some of the most inspiring Danish women that we know for a talk about passion, creativity, and the balance between worklife and homelife.
Let their inspiring stories, trials and errors be a reminder that we all can struggle, we can fail, but something will always have us return to that same place of passion. And maybe the point is not necessarily to succeed, but to have given it your all, and grown in the process.