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Model Monday: Gida Hammami

March 21, 2011

Have you ever seen a person and thought to yourself, “She must be a model.” That is exactly what I thought when I took pictures of Gida Hammami  a couple of weeks ago during rehearsal for the Xquisite Footwear & Fashion’s Spring on the Runway Fashion Show in Duluth, GA. I worked as the production assistant, and one of my jobs was to take pictures of the models in some of the clothes and accessories.

All the girls were ‘models’ – both aspiring and experienced, but I could tell from mere observation that Gida was a professional model. Although it was just a rehearsal, Gida stood out because she began posing (quite well, actually) and was working the camera just for simple shots. All of the other models – who were remarkable during the show – just basically held the accessories and stood still while I took their pictures. Gida, on the other hand connected with me through the camera, and I am not even close to a professional photographer. I wanted to take more pictures of only Gida, which led me to asking her to be a feature in today’s Model Monday post. 

Also, right after I asked to interview Gida, she automatically offered a view of her portfolio.  This was a rehearsal. Gida had already been casted and booked for the fashion show, yet she still brought her portfolio and comp cards to the runway rehearsal. She is about business! Let this be an example to all aspiring models.  My model tip for you is to BE READY. Whether you’re in rehearsal or in the actual fashion show, be professional at all times. You never know who is watching.

Now back to the gorgeous Gida Hammami, an American – born to Syrian parents, she is a working model and actor who recently graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.  Read the interview below and get to know more about Gida and her career as a model.

What was your first modeling job?
Well, my first unofficial modeling “job” was at a fancy department store when I was 10.  They basically let parents sign their kids up for a splendidly magical fashion show to watch  their kids and buy the outfits we modeled.  Fast forward to my late teen years, shortly after I got signed with one of the city’s top agencies, I booked a national commercial for America’s Best Eyewear. My head was CGI-ed onto a caricature bobble head!
Why did you want to become a model?
I’m still trying to figure this out!
Are you represented by an agency?
I am represented by Real People Models & Talent as well as Element Model Management.
Tell us something most people do not know about Gida.
My grandmother is French; so, I’m French, too.
Do you have any other talents? (act, dance, sing, etc.)
I do act as well as model.  It’s way harder than it seems, but I have the best acting teacher ever.  For fun, I like to play the guitar and sing.
What are some of your goals as a model?
I want to explore more markets – NYC, LA, Chicago, Miami.  I’d like to be the face of a beauty or hair care product.  I’ve always wanted to be in a toothpaste commercial for some odd reason.  The ultimate goal would be to land a perfume campaign.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Acting more.  I want to be a recurring character in a hit television comedy series.
For the aspiring models, reading this blog, what would you say are the basic requirements of modeling?
Understand the market you’re in.  Know your strengths and run with it.  Get a kick-ass portfolio with a variety of looks together.  Get signed by a legit modeling agency. 
What type of modeling do you like the best – editorial, runway, etc?
I like print best. Commercial is great, too.
Do you always take your portfolio or comp cards with you?
Always.
What was the most fun work that you have done as a model?
I was a hand model for a TV jewelry network for over a year.  Some of the jewelry I got to model was outrageous!

Thank you so much Gida Hammami for taking time out to share with our readers.  You gave great modeling advice.  You have experience, and most importantly, you are prepared.  Therefore, we know your career is on a successful path.

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