Interview- Eliot Gillings
By Marie-Pier Chouinard
This mysterious 19 year old model from Montage Models has been our muse for the time of an interview. Studying history and philosophy at McGill University, this pragmatic young man sees life through an interesting perspective. Looking for knowledge above all, he is taking life’s experiences as opportunities to learn and grow. For this reason, Eliot is not taking himself too seriously and wants to enjoy life to the fullest. We had to track down this rising model and learn more about his personality and his start as a model.
As a philosopher, how would you describe your personality?
This is a good question (laughs). I would say that I am perceived as a strange person, mostly because of my refined sense of humour. I don’t take myself too seriously either. I think it is important to be able to laugh at ourselves and dissociate our core values from the different situations that are happening. Humour has this strong power. So yeah, laugh at yourself!
Do you have an interesting story about how you were scouted?
Yes, actually it was pretty unexpected. It was last year during my finals. I was tired and decided to go for a walk with some friends. Suddenly, a guy came to talk to me and asked if I spoke English. It was late and I was kind of scared but he turned out to be a freelance scout. He took my information and set me up with a great agency. The walk was totally worth it!
What do you think makes you a good model? And what makes you different from the others?
Who said I was a good model (smiling)? I always liked theatre and I consider myself as an extroverted person. Thus, playing different roles is something I enjoy. I try to be as confident as I can and show them my personality so it is reflected in the photos. I have been with the agency for a bit more than a year now. Hence, I am more aware of what photographers want and I can give them what they are looking for.
Besides that, I think my facial traits might be a point of differentiation. My androgynous look might be appealing to some photographers. Moreover, my pouty lips are subject of many interrogations; people think I have work done on them (really?). Some are even saying that they would look good on a girl.
Do you have any icons?
No, I don’t have a specific icon. I like to pick and chose ideas from different individuals and create my own perception of life. Sometimes, you realize that the person/celebrity you were hoping to become is not that great finally or doesn’t correspond to the ideal image you created in your head. This is why I like to pick the best from them, because nobody is perfect.