Twenty Questions with Gabrielle Pollak

 Welcome to Twenty Questions!

 Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions about themselves.

No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all.

My hope is that by taking a peak into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have very similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

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Gabrielle Pollak, 22

What is your full name?

Gabrielle Miriam Pollak.

How old are you?

I just turned twenty-two. I’m a Pisces baby.

How old do you feel?

Pretty old – I still remember Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana.

Where were you born?

Auckland.

What do you do for work?

At the moment I am working as an assistant for Paris Mitchell and Georgia Cherrie who run The Mercantile Store. As well as helping with their online store and their own brand, Paris Georgia Basics, I assist Paris on photoshoots. I really enjoy working behind the scenes of a brand or on a photoshoot. I also work as a nanny for a baby, which can be very messy but lots of fun. I like that every day is different at the moment! Who knows what the future holds?

What do you do for fun?

I like to research history using books, magazines and the Internet. I am really interested in fashion history and the British Monarchy. I also watch a hideous amount of TV shows online.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

I just graduated with a Bachelor of Fashion Design from AUT.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Matilda! I used to watch it everyday after school – it would drive my sisters crazy! I can quote the entire movie.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?

After high school I moved to London for a year to be an Aupair. Being so far away from home can be very isolating, especially having grown up in a large blended family, but it forced me to step outside my comfort zone, make friends, and learn how to feel okay with being by myself. I hadn’t really had time for myself before then; I was always surrounded by my friends or siblings. I think it’s a good skill to be able to hang out by yourself and be independent.

Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

Trying to finish everything for my graduate collection at Uni.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

Meeting my best friends at University and traveling.

Who do you miss?

My sister Sophie who lives in London.

What do you like the most about yourself?

I think I’m quite a considerate person.

What do you like the least about yourself?

I’m quite indecisive when it comes to small things…wait, actually I can’t decide.

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it?

My friend and I always talked about getting a potato tattoo on our ankles because why not?

How would your friends describe you?

Loyal, fun, responsible and the Uber of my friend group.

How would your parents describe you?

The one that never stops talking.

When was the last time you cried?

My last day of university; mixed emotions and being overtired does that to you.

What are you afraid of?

Getting a bad haircut. It takes me a while to even book an appointment.

If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I’m not the kind of person to have regrets. I am a strong believer in learning from your mistakes. I think this was particularly important when I was studying because we were encouraged to push ourselves and make our work better.