The latest in our Meet the Muse series is Milan-based model Graziella Pini. Having honed her craft thanks to the wise teachings of Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model, Graziella is making a name for herself in the modelling world.
Captured in a streetwear-heavy shoot that recalls Pini’s former base of London, the looks come courtesy of a wide range of brands including Supreme, CDG x Converse, Stone Island, Off White c/o Virgil Abloh, Anti Social Social Club, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang x adidas, Gosha Rubchinshky, Saint Laurent, Vans, Vetements and Raf Simons.
Take a look at the interview below and see a recent profile with the Kalysse Anthony.
Who or what are you currently inspired by?
I’m mostly inspired by Tyra Banks and her idea of creating America’s Next Top Model. Most of the things that I know about modelling I learned it from there. Absolute genius.
What was the thing that first got you interested in fashion?
I think I just started being interested in fashion to be honest. Since I started working with my modelling agency (Beyond Models) I started to take more care of my look and the way that I dress myself. I should also thank my boyfriend and his friends who are really into fashion, as they kinda keep me updated with what’s new.
Describe your current style.
My style was once more on the sporty side, with lots of streetwear brands (Palace mostly). Now I would say it’s more minimal, very “model off duty” like, clean cuts, shapes, basic colors, skinny fit.
If you weren’t doing what you are now, where would you work?
If I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now I would have loved to work as an interior design. I am in love with all the shapes and colors.
My dream collaboration will be Absurdo with Nike. Absurdo is still a secret project of ours but, trust me, it’s gonna be banging.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I used to be a very shy and negative person. I have never believed in myself, I used to think that I would never accomplish what I really wanted in my life and every person that was around me kept telling me that I only needed to stop thinking that I couldn’t do it and start trying. That’s what I did and here I am now.
What’s your motto?
I don’t have a specific motto but I do believe that if you keep yourself in a positive mood and you believe in what you do then you can accomplish everything you want.
Last lesson you learned?
The last lesson that I learned is probably that if you love someone you gotta be patient with them and everything is gonna work. Also, it doesn’t matter to people how much you try to do the right thing, they will always keep thinking about themselves and what’s good for them.
How do you relax?
Spending time with my boyfriend relaxes me. He’s the only person that I completely feel myself with. It’s always a good time with him and he makes me forget about everything when we are together.
What in life are you most grateful for?
I spent the last three years in London. That city helped me become the person that I wanted to be, a girl that believes in herself. I’m so grateful that three years ago I made the decision to move there.
What is the quality you value most in friendship?
The quality I value most in friendship is honesty. I thing it’s the base of every kind of relationship. I have recently “lost” a friend of mine because we weren’t sincere with each other and it doesn’t feel nice.
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life so far?
My greatest accomplishment so far is finally having an agency that represents me. That was something that I was waiting for a long time for and when I finally got it I felt like the happiest and most blessed girl in the entire world. I felt super.
What is something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, but haven’t yet?
I have been dreaming to try bungee jumping for the past two years now. I think it could be an incredible and amazing experience, scary and shocking, but still amazing haha.
What album do you currently have on repeat?
The album that I currently have on repeat is Purple Reign by Future, I love his beats.
What could you eat every day and not get tired of?
I could eat pizza everyday haha I’m obsessed with it. I have pizza at least once a week.
Where do you want to be in the next five years?
I don’t know where I would like to be in five years time. I still need to travel around a lot and see what’s good but, for now, here is exactly where I want to be.
Related Shopping Tips
- Photography: Federica Trojano
- Styling: Maria Vittoria Reale
- Model: Graziella Pini
- Brands: Supreme, COMME des GARÇONS x Converse, OFF-WHITE, Stone Island, ASOS, Acne Studios, & other stories, Vans, Anti Social Social Club, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang x adidas, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Urban Outfitters, Saint Laurent, Topshop, Vetements, Raf Simons & Converse