Words: Aluwani Ratshiungo

Anke Gabler has a striking face, with green eyes, blonde hair, and cheekbones that don’t need any contour. The 23 year-old is currently signed to Boss Models and she has modelled for a number of brands including Land, Uniconz and Rich Mnisi. She has also appeared on Sunday Times Fashion Weekly, Grazia, and Marie Claire, to name a few.

What a lot of people probably don’t know is that Anke is not just a pretty face – she’s also a fashion designer with a Degree in the Science of Fashion and has been working in the bridal industry for a year and a half.

We had a brief chat with Anke Gabler about her journey and the modelling industry.

How long have you been modelling and how did you get into it? Is it something you always wanted to do?

I have been modeling for a few years now. I was actually headhunted by one of the bookers from my first modeling agency, and before I knew it I was booking jobs. It was honestly never something I wanted to do. I’m a designer by trade and that’s what I always wanted to do, the modeling just snuck itself into my life I guess.

You have a very distinct look. In real life and in your career, does that work in your favour or against?

With regards to modeling, it definitely works in my favour. The modeling industry is big on uniqueness. But even in the modeling industry personality tends to play a very big role in booking jobs or getting rebooked. You need to be great to work with and be able to give the client what they want and more.

Please tell me a little bit more about your upbringing. Where did you grow up? What’s your relationship with your family like?

I grew up in Johannesburg. I’m one of four sisters and one brother, a big family. We are an extremely close family and a very supportive one at that. My parents are the biggest support system we have. They have always encouraged us to achieve our goals, regardless of what they may be.

Do they understand and support what you do?

My family definitely supports both my designing and modeling career. I’ll have the whole family buying magazines if I’m in it, or attend events I’m invited to. Honestly we would do almost anything to support each other and our dreams.

What would you change about the industry if you could?

I would make the industry more open to new talent. It’s such a difficult industry to break into, and the sad thing about that is that a lot of talented people go unseen. And it goes for both modeling and fashion.

What’s the weirdest/funniest thing you’ve experienced while on a job?

I’ve had a full body wax on set before.

Who do you look up to in the industry?
The one and only Naomi Campbell in the modeling industry. Recruited at the age of 15 and at the age of 47 is still owning the runway!

What are you currently working on?
Big projects but unfortunately I can’t disclose any information until the release dates! I’m also launching a swimwear brand very soon. All will be revealed very soon.