Meet The Wilhelmina Team – Fabiola Jassan

Fabiola joined the Wilhelmina team earlier this year to manage the new hostess division. Originally from Mexico City, she began working as a model at 10 and appeared in over 70 commercials. From an early age she spent most of her free time at castings rather than with her friends, quickly learning the importance of professionalism and discipline in order to go far with her career and aspirations.

At 18, she moved to Playa del Carmen a beautiful resort town in the Caribbean coast of Mexico, working in hospitality. Five years ago, Fabiola moved to Dubai seeking new challenges and began booking models, hostesses and organizing fashion events.  When asked what she loves most about Wilhelmina Dubai, she says it’s her colleagues who make her smile and laugh every day.

 

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How does a typical work morning start for you?

I usually snooze 7 times before I actually get out of bed. Once I make it to the office I check my emails and write a list of what I need to do. I either email or call our hostesses to make sure they receive their briefings+ booking information, so being organized is definitely necessary. I spend a lot of time on building and maintaining strong relationships with our clients and I make sure to understand their needs  in order to create a tailored approach for our business. No day is ever the same, which I love. Every day our clients, models, hostesses, stylists, celebrities and creatives come in for meetings and you never know what to expect.

 

Three things you wouldn’t leave home without?

My phone, my heels and a positive attitude.

 

What do you love most about Dubai?

There are so many opportunities in Dubai which makes it an exciting place to be. I’m always meeting people from all parts of the world making it a vibrant city.

 

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Favourite restaurant in Dubai?

Loca – in Dubai Marina.

 

The best way to spend the weekend?

Well life is all about balance so a combination of going out, eating and exploring new restaurants with friends, and time at the beach chilling ( or jet skiing)!

 

Favorite fashion designer?

The fashion genius that is Karl Lagerfeld

 

Your signature style?

Im pretty moody when it comes to fashion but one thing I never compromise are my heels and pin straight hair.

 

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Meet The Wilhelmina Dubai Team: Cynthia Gutierrez

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Originally from Madrid, Spain, Cynthia Gutierrez studied advertising and pr before moving to the Emirates five years ago. She is the head booker at Wilhelmina Models Dubai where she works with agencies in New York, Miami and across the globe in order to bring the freshest faces and most professional models to Dubai. Although she is passionate about her job and dedicates herself full time and beyond to the agency handling all the model drama and crazy schedules, Cynthia loves to travel and explore the world.   If she’s not working on raising the standards for the industry in the region, meeting with clients or supervising her Internationals she can be found dancing or singing close to the stage at most live rock concerts.

 

Cynthia and Farah at Mary Katrantzou Presentation

Cynthia and Farah at Mary Katrantzou Presentation

 How does a typical work morning start for you?

A typical day is everything but normal at an agency, so I wake up 6:30 am and go straight to the gym. It gives me the focus and energy I need for the long and always interesting day ahead.

Three things you wouldn’t leave home without?

I always need lipstick, my mobile and my notebook, (so I can write down ideas or check my models schedules)!

What do you love most about Dubai?

The mix of cultures this city has to offer. Dubai is very cosmopolitan and young.  I love making friends from all over the world. Sometimes you just need to scratch the surface because there is so much to explore. Galleries, events and all these new concept stores/spaces and areas like Al Quoz. I love  The Mine   for example. Creativity is rapidly developing here so its a great time to be here to be a part of the change and make a difference. 

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 Art Installation at THE MINE

Who is your style crush?

I love Siena Miller’s style. It’s never complicated and always “in”.

 

Favorite Restaurant in Dubai?

I love Japanese so definitely Zuma.

 

Cynthia meeting photographer Luc Bassompierre at Capital D

Cynthia meeting photographer Luc Bassompierre at Capital D

 

The best way to spend the weekend?

I love working out and yoga, so I always make sure to get some time for that on the weekends. But the best is to spend a day on the beach or on a boat with friends, and ALWAYS with the phone switched off. Did I mention I love concerts?

 

Favorite fashion designer?

I don’t have a favorite, I love many designers but right now I really dig Mara Hoffman and Isabel Marant.

 

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Your signature style?

I love to wear dresses, sandals and I always accessorize with a scarf, even when it’s hot.

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Cynthia with Wilhelmina’s Hostess Booker Fabiola who will be profiled on the blog next!