FIERTH i-ON interview with GAZELLE PAULO by Brian Mills

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BRIAN MILLS

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Founder & Editor of Fierth.com - I am not a journalist, I am not a blogger, and I am not a writer.
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Gazelle Paulo is a citizen of the world , But we’re lucky enough to have him as a New Yorker.  One of the kindest people  you could hope to meet and a bon vivant who radiates chic and surreal  styles appearing perennially at events.  From Gallery openings , Gala balls, fashion shows, nightclubs  and even appearances at the occasional dive bar Gazelle is everywhere, greeting you with a smile and a warm heart.  Gazelle is constantly challenging ideals of beauty and installing his vision in  his surroundings  often becoming   hybrid  human sculpture in any environment.
 Gazelle is  now being featured in a film at NewFest that bears his name  and shares his story , ‘Gazelle  The Love Issue’ is making its New York debut  after several other  film festivals around the world have applauded the film with award after award ,and rightly so.
This exuberant documentary paints an inspiring and touching portrait of Paulo, an HIV positive Brazilian man, famous in the New York City nightlife world for his club kid persona “Gazelle”.  Making cameo  appearances in the film  Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias, Flawless Sabrina, and so many  more.
I was lucky enough to grab gazelle for a lengthy  q&a to really get to know  the person behind the exotic costumes,  Get into  Gazelle Paulo..

Gazelle: The Love Issue Premiere One Night Only

Thursday October 22 @ 10:30 pm  at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas,  260 W23rd St  NYC.    Buy tickets HERE

BRIAN MILLS: What is your full name?

GAZELLE: Gazelle Paulo

BRIAN MILLS: Do you have a nick-name?

GAZELLE: Gazelle

BRIAN MILLS: Where are you based, where do you call home?

GAZELLE: I am a citizen of the world, however New York is my home base. I love this city.

BRIAN MILLS: If you didn’t live in NYC there or you could clone yourself and live in other places at once , where would they be and why?

GAZELLE: If I could, I would transport myself to the future, to the new… I would do it in a heartbeat…but since this won’t be possible for a while. I would be happy living in Moorea (Tahiti), because it is simply beautiful and people are genuinely nice and kind.

BRIAN MILLS: How tall are you?

GAZELLE: 6’2” without high heels.

BRIAN MILLS: What is your personal motto?

GAZELLE: “Remember that tomorrow, it will all be over…so enjoy it all today!!”

BRIAN MILLS: How do you describe your work?

GAZELLE: I work in the airline industry (flight attendant); and I consider myself a visual artist. So, both are not easy, but I love what I do. One pays the bills and the other gives me pleasure.

BRIAN MILLS: When or how did you know this was what you were meant to do?

GAZELLE: I wanted to have the world accessible to me; so through my job, in aviation, I can be in any city as a traveler, not as a tourist anymore. The artistic part was awakened by the necessity to add something different to the world, to leave my mark.

BRIAN MILLS: What about your work frustrates you?

GAZELLE: How unkind and selfish people can be. Working in airplanes has taught me so much about human kind.

BRIAN MILLS: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

GAZELLE:  I am proud of having a great family; of having sincere few friends that I can trust completely. Perhaps, I am most proud that I can honestly say that once someone loved me deeply, unfortunately he passed away. I am proud that my present lover Mark Anthony has been with me for almost 9 years.

BRIAN MILLS: You have a movie coming out called “Gazelle the Love Issue”, how did this movie come to be?

GAZELLE: Cesar Terranova, director and producer, was in New York attending a course at New York Film Academy, he approached me to do a 10 minute movie exercise. After the result, his professors instructed him to talk to me to see if I would commit to a longer feature film. We started filming in October 2010 in New York and the last scene was shot in February 2013 during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The world premiere was in Sao Paulo on November 2014 at Mix Brasil, one of the most important gay movie festivals in Latin America, and it won best national long feature movie.

BRIAN MILLS: What concerns did you have while making the movie?

GAZELLE: I wanted it to have a message that inspired people, the same feeling that I felt when I watched Babette’s Feast.

BRIAN MILLS: How do you feel being in the audience watching a movie based on your life?

GAZELLE: It is extremely surreal. I sometimes don’t think that person on the screen is really me.

BRIAN MILLS: Will there be a sequel?

GAZELLE: I don’t know. I had no expectations when we started this project, and I continue not to have them. I am just enjoying its run.

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BRIAN MILLS: What do you like most about what you do?

GAZELLE: I love my job as a flight attendant because it takes me to as many different places as I want. And as Gazelle, I like to create my understanding of what beauty is… and when people relate to it in a positive way, it is a great feeling.

BRIAN MILLS: How do you keep it real?

GAZELLE: By being real, by being kind also.

BRIAN MILLS: What is the secret to success?

GAZELLE: Everybody has a definition of what success is; I am successful because I have done pretty much all that I wanted to do. I have great friends and I feel their love. My family accepts me just as I am and I love them.

BRIAN MILLS: What advice would you give to your younger self, knowing what you know now?

GAZELLE: Learn how to say “no” earlier.

BRIAN MILLS: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

GAZELLE: To sing

BRIAN MILLS: What motivates you in life?

GAZELLE: Beauty and the real notion that life is so short. So I must keep moving…

BRIAN MILLS: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?

GAZELLE: I would probably be living in a distant beach away from the city. Living a simple life…

BRIAN MILLS: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?

GAZELLE: Yes, when my partner (Eric) died in front of me on the day were celebrating our 7th year anniversary. I thought I was going to die of sadness. Love itself helped me get through it. Coco Puff was his dog, and she was there for me day and night next to me when I was severely sad. I would wake up and she was there happy wanting to play…at some point I realized that I had to pull myself together to take care of her because she was so important to Eric.

BRIAN MILLS: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?

GAZELLE: ‘Gazelle Paulo: Just Saying’

BRIAN MILLS: How would your best friend describe you?

GAZELLE: My best friend, Fernando Ferraz, says I am complicated all the time. I don’t think I am complicated, I just know what I want. He deserves a medal for putting up with me.

BRIAN MILLS: What are some qualities you value in your friends?

GAZELLE: Loyalty and patience.

BRIAN MILLS: What are some ways you use to show people you love them?

GAZELLE: By saying it…

BRIAN MILLS: List 5 things about yourself that people would be surprised to know.

GAZELLE: I am a flight attendant, I dress up, I am from Brazil, I am Hiv+, I never attended college.

BRIAN MILLS: What were you like as a child?

GAZELLE: Beyond spoiled, but I was never a brat.

BRIAN MILLS: Where did you grow up?

GAZELLE: In my hometown Teresina until I was 16. I arrived in Rio de Janeiro right after I turned 17.

BRIAN MILLS: What did you like most about childhood?

GAZELLE: Being with my family. I miss them so much.

BRIAN MILLS: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

GAZELLE: My brother had stopped using a pacifier; and one day I found one and I gave it back to him…oh boy. I was in so much trouble.
 
BRIAN MILLS: What do you like most about being the age that you are now?

GAZELLE: How secure I am about who I am…

BRIAN MILLS: My generation was …

GAZELLE: Crazy…

BRIAN MILLS: The kids today …

GAZELLE: Crazy….

BRIAN MILLS: What makes you angry?

GAZELLE: Fake people and religious extremists.

BRIAN MILLS: What brings you the most joy?

GAZELLE: Peaceful moments with the people I love.

BRIAN MILLS: Tell me  a brief story about an actual accidental adventure you’ve had.

GAZELLE: Julie Atlas Muz invited me to MC a Halloween show that she was producing in Braga (Portugal). The cast included the best burlesque performers from NY. Of course, I accepted it, but I actually thought it was going to be a show in a club like situation. It wasn’t, it was an opera house. It was major. I had never done anything like that in my life….and it was absolutely marvelous. You can watch the videos on YouTube under “Gazelle In Braga”.

BRIAN MILLS: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?

GAZELLE: I was at a dinner in Rio where all the guests were asked to leave their iPhones in a silver tray before entering the dining room. It was strange, we(16) plus the two hosts, but we sat there and had a great time. No selfies or phone calls.

BRIAN MILLS: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?

GAZELLE: Well, I can’t tell… 

BRIAN MILLS: Ever had a rumor spread about you?

GAZELLE: That I was not normal.

BRIAN MILLS: Are you a gossip?

GAZELLE: I will gossip with my best friend about things that I can’t really talk with others.

BRIAN MILLS: Describe a time when you made the best of a public gaffe.

GAZELLE: The first time I met Gil Even, the founder on Carioca Sunga Co, in Rio, we actually got into a heated argument in Ipanema beach. I hated his guts, I guess he hated mine…we are best friends now. I have styled his two first fashion shows…getting ready to do the third.

BRIAN MILLS: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

GAZELLE: Just be like others; don’t stand out….lol

BRIAN MILLS: Do you keep a journal? Would you ever consider writing a memoir?

GAZELLE: No, I don’t keep a journal. Perhaps when I turn 80, it would be a good time to write a memoir.

BRIAN MILLS: Are you a morning or night person?

GAZELLE: I am definitely a night person who loves mornings.

BRIAN MILLS: What were you doing last night at Midnight?

GAZELLE: Watching YouTube fashion show videos.

Photo by Bridgette Bad

Photo by Bridgette Bad

 

BRIAN MILLS: When do you tend to be most creative?

GAZELLE: When it is necessary. It is very simple, I can turn it on and off when needed.

BRIAN MILLS: What do you do to get you into the zone to be your most creative?

GAZELLE: I prefer to be alone when creating.

BRIAN MILLS: What do you daydream about?

GAZELLE: World peace.

BRIAN MILLS: What do you think is the meaning of life?

GAZELLE: I knew it so well….but Donald Trump decided to run for President…and now it is all confusing to me.

BRIAN MILLS: What is your beauty secret?

GAZELLE: Happiness and good moisturizer.

BRIAN MILLS: How do you describe your personal style?

GAZELLE: An ex used to say that I am so flashy…I didn’t wear dresses then….

BRIAN MILLS: How long does it take for you to get ready?

GAZELLE: If I really want to look polished, it will probably take four hours. But I can get ready in two hours…and not even I know how I am going to end up looking.

BRIAN MILLS: Do you collect anything? If so, what?

GAZELLE: Hats

BRIAN MILLS: How many pairs of shoes do you own?

GAZELLE: Not so many…maybe 50

BRIAN MILLS: What are some of your favorite pieces of clothing?

GAZELLE: I love everything I have; but my favorites are the custom made pieces made by Scooter LaForge.

BRIAN MILLS: Do you have any obsessions right now?

GAZELLE: Yes, the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by the Sol de Janeiro company.

Gazelle by Mark Anthony

BRIAN MILLS What exactly are you wearing right now?:

GAZELLE: A purple Lacoste shirt and shorts by Alex Mallet

BRIAN MILLS: What would be the introduction song to a movie based on your life?

GAZELLE: You will see the introduction song when you watch it; but, I must say that Cesar has so many amazing songs in the Gazelle The Love Issue…I mean, there is a scene with the voice of Maria Callas singing from Anna Bolena ….but the scene with Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 is just too unreal for me, to be in this movie …really? I am in heaven, that he would think so highly of me !

BRIAN MILLS: Describe your home in 6 words or less.

GAZELLE: An explosion of colors.

BRIAN MILLS: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?

GAZELLE: A cassette tape that a friend had recorded for me.

BRIAN MILLS: What is your greatest extravagance?

GAZELLE: Late night room service in hotel rooms.

BRIAN MILLS: What is your guilty pleasure?

GAZELLE: Drinking good champagne alone.

BRIAN MILLS: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?

GAZELLE: An island in Tahiti.

BRIAN MILLS: What is your “Safety Word”?

GAZELLE: Stop

BRIAN MILLS: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?

GAZELLE: Living: Pope Francis; I would put Kim Davis in her place

Dead: Joan Rivers, I would have cancelled that morning procedure….I miss her.

BRIAN MILLS: Who are your main inspirations?

GAZELLE: Mainbocher, Kenny Kenny, Leigh Bowery, my mother, Grace Jones, Marlene Dietrich…

Photo by Scooter LaForge

Photo by Scooter LaForge

BRIAN MILLS: Who do you have your eye on right now?

GAZELLE: I think that Canadian singer APigeon should be the next big thing.

BRIAN MILLS: Which stars, if any, leave you star struck?

GAZELLE: I saw Claudette Colbert once and I was so touched by that vision. I have never met Shirley Bassey, and I would probably be star struck…anybody else wouldn’t have that impact on me.

BRIAN MILLS: Whom do you despise?

GAZELLE: Every single person that I met in my life who wasn’t sincere in their actions…they know who they are. I despise arrogant people or those who have absolutely nothing new to bring to the game and yet they think they are the best thing after sliced bread..zzZZzzz

BRIAN MILLS: Which celebrity do you suspect is actually a hologram?

GAZELLE: Donald Trump

BRIAN MILLS: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?

GAZELLE: Impossible to say…so many…but this past week at the Anna and Kayvon’s wedding. The sensational Raquel Reed told me that she would dress up because she needed to be photographed by me…when I used to take photos of the nightlife scene and upload them on the fotolog Gazelland. Her kind words made me feel happy.

BRIAN MILLS: Do you believe in karma?

GAZELLE: No, I don’t believe in karma…there are a lot of mean people out there living like saints.

BRIAN MILLS: Which places have you traveled to that you feel had changed your perspective of the world?

GAZELLE: Tahiti; where people walk in the rain without umbrellas just because they are happy…

BRIAN MILLS: At home and abroad where are some of your favorite places to visit?

GAZELLE: I love everything about New York City. I don’t have a favorite place because I am always open to new experiences….

BRIAN MILLS: Which causes do you believe in the most in, and why?

GAZELLE: Any causes that support our gay community or equal rights for everybody.

Gazelle by SCOOTER LAFORGE

Gazelle by SCOOTER LAFORGE

BRIAN MILLS: What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?

GAZELLE: “My earliest childhood memory was watching my parents loosen the wheels of my stroller”
 
(Joan Rivers)

BRIAN MILLS: What are you going to do next?

GAZELLE: Going to Los Angeles for the premiere of “Gazelle The Love Issue” there

BRIAN MILLS: Leave us a quote to carry on with:

GAZELLE: “If I fall…Before you help me, take a photo first”

 

BRIAN MILLS: How can we keep in touch with you ? 

Instagram: GazellePaulo

Facebook: GazellePaulo

Webpage: FreakChic.com

Twitter: @GazellePaulo

Email : Gazelle@FreakChic.com

 

Gazelle: The Love Issue Premiere One Night Only

Thursday October 22 @ 10:30 pm  at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas,  260 W23rd St  NYC.    Buy tickets HERE

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