Gabrielle Stephenson - Maryland Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Emily Stephenson Photography by Erica Land Photography Issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
I am Gabi. I feel that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. There are many factors to a person that create inner beauty. Here are some of the things that make me beautiful: kindness, respect, modesty, purity, generosity, humility, honesty, and commitment. I do enjoy makeup and hair, but it’s not as important as feeling beautiful within. Some people feel outer beauty is more important but that is not accurate. I feel the type of friend I am, and the type of daughter I am, matters more.
I started ballet as a little girl, maybe 4 years old. Then I realized ballet was not for me and I was more of a hip hop/jazz kind of girl. I then joined another dance company, and I did a recital with them which really got me more excited about dance. About 3 years ago, I joined my current dance company, Next Level Studio, and I have been on their competition team ever since, doing jazz, poms, and hip hop!
I started modeling as a Teen Ambassador for Erica Land this past Summer. I did an individual shoot which was fun. It was the first time I really had professional photos taken. Erica makes the experience ten times better! I have made a bunch of new friends on the team too! Some of my favorite photo shoots were Project Beauty, the sunflower field shoot, and the paint shoot where we threw paint at each other and took pictures!
I have loved cooking for years! I first got started when my grandma used to make chicken soup with me. I often make dinner for my family, such as lamb stew, chicken, beef and shrimp kebabs, and tostadas (influenced by my Mexican au pairs!) I would tell others who want to try cooking, to be open to trying different types of foods! Go out of your comfort zone and put a lot of seasoning on your food!
A friend is someone that supports you and loves you no matter what, and isn't in the relationship just to compete with you. In the past, I have seen kids brag about themselves, and be rude to people that are supposedly their friends. That is not the point of a friend. We should be loved for who we are. Also, never change just because someone else thinks you should!
My bucket list: I want to travel to Italy and Africa, and I want to travel with my friends when I am old enough! I like to go to pretty places, experience their culture and eat their foods!
In 5 years, I see myself heading to college! I would like to go to school in California, because I like warm weather and the beach! I also see myself modeling and exploring a career in interior decorating. I like the artistic aspect of interior decorating. I often help my parents furnish and decorate our home!
Look for Gabrielle in issue 40 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!