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Gabby Jeanne - Real Deal

Photography by Christian Arias

Produced By Slickforce Studio
Styling By Al Ingram
Makeup By Gaby Ramos

Interview By Luke Munnell

You know that popular Fight Club line "You're not your job?" We might never say it to Mr. Durden's mashed-up mug, but most of the time-sadly-he's wrong. Most of us spend more time engaging in work than any other single act in life, and as much as we'd prefer not to become the accountants, sales reps, or whatever it is each of us do for a living, our professions inevitably take their hold. Such is especially the case with models and dancers, where walking that line between pretending to love hoards of ogling guys, while knowing how to keep them at bay, all but demands a split personality. We see it all the time in their smiling faces and nagging emails, on-camera etiquette and off-camera indiscretion, and all those awkward introductions when their faces light up only after seeing the title of the magazine on our business cards. But that's not the case with Gabby Jeanne. Unapologetic yet undeniably magnetic, her candor and intriguing demeanor spring from genuine confidence and warmth-a product of having nothing to hide, and everything to share. She's herself at all times, take it or leave it. She's not changing for anyone, and only asks as much in return for her company. She's possibly the most down-to-earth, straightforward model you'll ever be too intimidated to ask for an autograph. And she just might love you for that, too.

Finally! Your Import Tuner cover feature. Excited?
Yeah! Just glad there's no video camera for this one.

Why is that?
I don't know! They just make me . . . nervous! I don't mind cameras, but video is a whole different story.

But you had a quick interview with us when we shot you for the 2010 calendar, right?
Yeah, and people made so much fun of me for it! They were all, "Is she stoned or what?" But that's just the way I am. I was feeling pretty chill that day. I used to want to be an actress, but modeling definitely helped clear that up.

We're doing this interview at Hooters. Why is that?
Cause I work there, and it's a cool place. And they have fried pickles!

And beer. [gulp] You also go-go dance, so between those two jobs and modeling, is it safe to say you're a people person?
Now I am, but I used to be an ugly dork in school.

Shut up . . .
It's true! I never really wanted to be a model. I always had a dream to shoot for Playboy, because my girlfriends and I used to sneak a peek at my dad's issues when we were little and think about how pretty all the girls looked . . . but it never 'clicked' that you have to work your way up to something like that.

So what made you get into modeling?
Myspace. A photographer saw some regular pics on my page and asked me to shoot with him, so I figured, 'Why not?' and posted those up, got more shoots, and just kept networking. I did a lot of stuff with gaming sites like IGN.com and UGO.com, and one of the guys I shot with was close with Skate Mafia, which turned into a run of decks with two of my photos on them-which was awesome-and it just went on from there.

Your looks definitely didn't hurt either, I suspect. You're originally from Cali?
Yep. West Covina, born and raised. I had a lot of friends who were into cars growing up, so that's how I got into the scene. Lowrider Girls was the first magazine I shot for, then I started going to the shows, did a little bit for Super Street, and here I am.

Got any weird creeper stories?
To be honest, no. People are really cool, I think because I'm straight up with them. I put myself out there and make my personality known. I don't put on a fake persona like some girls. I put my problems out there just like anyone else. And if I'm working a show and someone wants an autograph or a picture, I'll do it and I'll have fun. I won't walk away or get all bitchy. I love my supporters!

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