Gabriel Etrata

Model Showcase

A look into the lives of our Community Creatives

Gabriel Etrata, Queens, NY

What inspired you to venture into modeling?

Being born and raised in NYC, I was bound to be part of the fashion world in some way. I'm a photographer myself, mostly shooting editorial as a freelancer for A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine. I have previous experience assisting in the studio of a well-known portrait/reportage photographer, as well as shooting product/lifestyle photography for a boutique retailer. Additionally, I have friends who have done modeling in the past.My start in modeling began in Spring of 2018.

One day, my friend Ryan asked me if I wanted to model for streetwear brand, Ronin Division's Spring 2018 lookbook. I heard of the brand before and thought it would be fun to try out, so I agreed. Suddenly, I found myself in front of the camera, rather than behind it, and enjoyed the experience.The lookbook got featured on HYPEBEAST and that gave me the confidence to do more shoots in the future.

How would you describe your modeling style?

"Based on the stuff I've done, I would define my style as freelance commercial/promotional. I've only modeled for clothing and it's cool since I'm into fashion. I'd be open to doing other stuff like product––would be super fun to be a hand model for the iPhone or something."

What do you hope people get out of your modeling photos?

"Primarily, as a minority, I hope that other minorities (particularly other Asians) can see that we can be represented too! Growing up, I barely noticed any Asian representation in media. But, there's been a lot of progress the past few years with collectives like 88rising, non-Asian K-pop stans, and clothing brands like Nimble Made. Secondly, I hope that I motivative people to invest in the brand/buy the product I'm modeling--it means that I did my job from a bottom line standpoint."

We created our Actually Slim Fit so guys could find confidence and feel comfortable in the clothes they wear. As an Asian model, what does a good fitting shirt mean to you?

Having a good fitting shirt should boost your confidence/mind. Typically, I wear dress shirts to work, or a formal event. I believe that investing in a good shirt is also an investment in protecting yourself against superficiality. Depending on the occasion/environment, you WILL get judged for what you wear. You never know who you'll meet, or run into, so it's in your best interest to be ready and equipped for making a good impression.

What is your full-time gig? Any side hustles?

Graduated with a degree in mathematics last year, and now currently working full-time in the publishing industry as a Junior Business Analyst. My work revolves around data analytics/visualization, and business intelligence. In my other time, I'm a freelance photographer and do music production/DJing. Here's my latest mix:

First and third photos by Dale Algo (@daleknows)

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Favorite song at the moment?

"Rina Sawayama - Cyber Stockholm Syndrome."

Your go-to outfit?

"Ronin Division Coach Jacket + Black Pants + adidas Originals x Alexander Wang Bball Soccer Sneaker."

Favorite Nimble Made dress shirt?

"The Crescent 🌙."

Best menswear accessory you can't live without?

"Apple Watch."

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