Interview Series: GONNIE
WIPP’s Interview Series focuses on featuring local women who embody the pillars of WIPP.
Last month, WIPP connected with DJ, Influencer, Model and all around cool girl Sierra Nevada - digitally know as @gonniegarko.
With her recent editorial feature for Virgil Abloh’s iconic Off White, the often quiet Gonnie is making noise both with her DJ skillset and her own unique style.
But the beauty of Gonnie is found far beyond simply what you see of her online.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of her mind for our series. And just as expected, we are even more #obsessed with her being than we were before.
Take a look at a few highlights of what she had to say here:
What is your astrology sign?
Do you identify with your sign?
“I definitely identify with it. I am very indecisive which effects all aspects of my life.
I’m actually not in post-secondary right now because I can’t decide what to do.”
How do you deal with your indecisiveness?
“Small decisions I try to make right away. I try to be spontaneous. Otherwise I can take hours deciding.”
On decision making & regret:
“I never really regret things. I am sometimes scared to make decisions but I don’t spend time regretting.”
“Hmm... it’s not like I don’t have insecurities. I guess I am insecure but in ways I’m not sure about anymore.
It used to be physical things like my hair or my teeth, before I got braces, or my nose.”
How did you overcome these insecurities?
“Some things I changed… somethings I just got used to.
My family always loved my hair when I was growing up but I didn't like it just because I didn't look like everyone else, and at school I didn't look like everyone else. They made me feel like shit about my hair - I'd straighten it and everything.
But at home it was a different story.
And it's like I should have loved my hair, but for some reason I didn't.
It's kind of just like, you have to realize things are great on your own.
And when you get distracted by other things in life - like actual life itself and not just your appearance, it really helps you get over that.
I feel like you also have to remove yourself from (unhealthy) environments like that.
I just stopped hanging out with a lot of people that made me feel that way.”
What is your strength?
“My teacher told me that I was like neuro-diverse or something like that? Maybe it wasn’t that.
But, I'm just capable of thinking in like a lot of different ways.
And I feel like that kind of ties into me being indecisive because I always approach situations and think of a lot of different outcomes or possibilities or reasons why something is happening.
I think a lot, which can be considered as a weakness but in reality is a strength.
It’s a weakness when it prevents me from doing things.
But it allows me to not be one sided about things and to be open to other opinions and ideas.
I was kind of just raised like that.”
How do you deal with pain?
“Like “good” deal or “bad” deal?
I cry a lot... I don't like it. But sometimes you have to.
I don't know, I deal with it in a lot of ways.
I guess the best ways is just, take care of yourself.
I think it's really important to take care of yourself when you're in pain.
Because sometimes I deal with it in unhealthy ways and its.. not good, you know?
And, it also doesn't really help, sometimes it makes it worst.”
What is your passion?