You never ever know what route your life will go in — even when examining a newspaper, which took Sarah Gullixson in the course of large-manner modeling.
“It all started off when my dad was looking through the Contra Costa Instances newspaper 1 Sunday early morning and he observed that there was a trend show in Mountain Check out that was open to the community later that working day,” mentioned Gullixson, 22, who lives in Contra Costa County.
She was 14 at the time her dad noticed the paper, and her mother scooped her up together with Gullixson’s pal, Sasha Manus, and drove them to Mountain Check out. Gullixson will hardly ever fail to remember how it went from there.
“When I walked into the runway show, I was immediately mistaken as one of the models who was running late,” reported Gullixson. “In addition, (fellow Bay Region design) Adair Howell was questioned, when waiting in line to wander down the runway, why her ‘sister’ was late for the fashion show. Adair does not have a sister! By the conclude of the trend exhibit, I was standing there with my mom obtaining a dialogue with a Vogue editor and Howell about why they believed I was meant to develop into a design.”
For the past 8 yrs, Gullixson, a graduate of Concord’s Carondelet Higher College now majoring in communications at Diablo Valley College or university in Pleasurable Hill, has given that modeled in Italy, France, Australia, Germany and New York and is now billed as a substantial-fashion product.
“I’ve been fortunate more than enough to grace the web pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, L’Officiel and InStyle,” she mentioned. “I’ve also modeled the make-up manufacturers Ulta, Maybelline, Covergirl, Morphe and Fenty.”
If all that wasn’t remarkable ample, Gullixson also has a big social media next, with 700,000 followers on TikTok by yourself. The surge in followers occurred by chance. Dwelling in New York and modeling entire-time ahead of the pandemic strike, she reported term distribute about a COVID-19 outbreak at Milan Trend Week, ideal soon after New York Manner 7 days finished.
“I canceled my excursion to Milan,” said Gullixson. “I tried using to continue to be in New York, but speedily everyone in Manhattan understood that there was not enough meals in Manhattan due to the fact so a lot of individuals ate out at dining establishments relatively than cooking at property, so I returned to California.”
As soon as in lockdown, she downloaded TikTok as a boredom-buster and began sharing stories of modeling journey on the application.
“One of my 1st viral films was a movie I created when I went to CVS Pharmacy to store for make-up and went to the Covergirl area,” she claimed. “I was hoping to find a shade of concealer that matched my pores and skin and accidentally found a picture of me modeling for the Covergirl concealer shade ‘fair.’ The full experience was so hilarious that I documented it on my TikTok account, and it obtained 1.8 million sights on the online video.”
Standing 5 ft, 9.5 inches tall, Gullixson weighs 117 lbs, wears dimensions to 2 and explained the modeling business has changed its excess weight and peak demands in the earlier several yrs.
“When I 1st started modeling, versions had to maintain distinct overall body measurements in order to maintain their position. Having said that, presently types are inspired to manage a healthy body weight for their exclusive human body sort,” she explained. “I hope that the trend industry proceeds to shift in this way, by casting various styles of all styles and measurements to document many varieties of attractiveness.”
Elaborating, she extra, “The pattern of that includes models of all shapes and dimensions contributes to the betterment of modern society as a complete. It’s particularly important for persons to see assorted magnificence within the two manner publications and promotion.”
Gullixson realized how to eat nutritious when she started modeling, by the assistance of Bay Place nutritionist Manuel Villacorta, whom her mothers and fathers employed.
“Manuel assisted educate me how to consume healthier food to be in the best condition I can be in,” explained Gullixson. “My family members had so much achievement with Manuel that when my more youthful brother went to college, Manuel taught him how to take in healthful whilst living in a dorm space.”
In tandem with healthful having, Gullixson stays in condition by doing loads of cardio, Pilates and barre classes.
“I obtain that a blend of all three classes offers me the finest brain-body connection,” she explained. “Before trend 7 days, I normally acquire a few sizzling yoga courses to enable me stay Zen just before the craziness of manner 7 days.”
Gullixson’s dad and mom could not be prouder of their daughter.
“We are really happy of her and her achievements. Modeling was something Sarah needed to do escalating up, and we did not enable her until eventually she was going into substantial faculty,” reported her mom, Susan Dittmann. “I assume the key to Sarah’s achievement is that she works definitely hard, sets targets and fearlessly goes just after those ambitions and is a kind individual. As a dad or mum, it is excellent to view her realize her targets.”
Looking back again on a person of her more unforgettable shoots, Gullixson recalls a shoot her boyfriend Steven Shields shot in Tucson, Arizona, with his 2021 Porsche 718 Spyder.
“As I was posing in the vehicle, Steven knowledgeable me that there was a enormous bobcat going for walks behind the motor vehicle. He instructed me to ‘stay quiet and continue to keep posing,’ ” she said. “I was a minor nervous because I am not employed to posing with exotic animals, but the side of the Porsche was actually tall so I was not nervous. I didn’t really feel that the bobcat was major enough to soar into the passenger seat. At the close of the photo shoot, we recognized that immediately after 8 several years of modeling, my boyfriend experienced potentially taken a person of the very best photos of me out of more than 500 picture shoots.”
Gullixson can be adopted on TikTok @sarahgullix or Instagram @sarahgullixson.
Charleen Earley is a freelance author and journalism professor at Foothill and Diablo Valley schools. Reach her at [email protected] or 925-383-3072.