Serge Meets : Gina Kushka

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Describe yourself in 3 words?

Passionate, Motivated, Compassionate

Now how about your style in 3 words?

Vintage, Classic, Flirty

Not only are you modelling, but you’re a full-time musician, a painter, and in your last year studying at the renowned Courtauld Institute; how do you find time to yourself?

Haha, well, I’d say all of those things are ‘time for myself’; to build myself so that I can give as much to the world that I’m possibly capable of. What I struggle with though, is balancing those things with downtime to just chill. The problem is that I’m wired that way; I don’t feel at ease with myself unless I’m working.

Who’s your favourite painter?

Either Cy Twombly or Wilhelm De Kooning. Such honest painters.

Do you play any instruments?

I taught myself guitar at a young age and I also use piano to write with because it takes my music to a place that’s different to guitar, but I’m not very good at it.

What radio station do you listen to?

I love listening to ClassicFM during the day. It’s epic. And Radio1 at night – Annie Mac’s fun.

Do you have a different style depending on which part of your life you are working on?

It all sort-of merges into being one ‘style’, but for different parts of my life I definitely would put things together differently. For example when I’m going to the recording studio I’d wear a bomber, leather trousers and some high tops, but when I’m painting, I’d wear a cropped t-shirt and dungarees . Obviously night’s out are more sophisticated as well, but always in the same vibe of vintage-classic and sexy.

What do you hope to be doing in 5 years time?

That’s a really big question for me to answer. I have way too many things on my list. I believe we can do anything – we just have to put our minds to it and not let anything stop us or get in the way of our belief in ourselves. No matter what you think may be an obstacle, there’s always a way of getting past it. You just have to carry on and build an unstoppable motivation so that it becomes an inherent part of you that you can’t fight. There is no substitute to hard work – it beats talent and will get you there in the end. In reality though, my short-term goals are my music and painting. After that, the world is my oyster and I want to give as much to it as possible. I have so many plans. I want to help the conservation of animals at home in South Africa and eventually return to art-history academia, but there’s so much more.

Who are your style icons:

So many. Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn because I think every woman should be elegant and graceful, Edie Sedgwick because I find her undeniably sexy in her ‘give-a-sh*t’-ness, also Brigitte Bardot and Nancy Sinatra.

What is your favourite Serge DeNimes item?

The Floral SDNxLDN white t-shirt

Favourite spot in London:

Anywhere that vaguely makes me feel like I’m back in Cape Town haha.


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