California native August Gonet may not be a household name yet but he is slowly gaining traction in the fashion industry. His striking bleach-blond crop and angular features can be seen in edgy editorials and on the runways of New York. The self-proclaimed baby has a realistic view about his role in the industry and hopes to leave his mark. Expect to see a lot more of August in the future.

How were you discovered?

I went to an open call in Sacramento for Stars Model Management, who is my mother agency, and they signed me the next day.

What are your aspirations and goals for the future?

Practically speaking, I want to make a living from modeling. I also have a list in my head of my favorite designers and photographers that I hope to get a chance to work with.

What do you hope to get out of your modeling career?

Money, but I also want to make a name for myself in the fashion and art industry. When my name is brought up I want there to always be a positive reaction. I have heard so many photographers and stylists complain about awful models and I never want to be that. I want people to want to work with me.

How do you handle the pressure and rejection that comes with modeling?

I have a very realistic view of the industry. I understand that I am a piece of art to these people so when I am not chosen, I don’t take it personally. My exterior did not fit their vision. It has nothing to do with me as a person. Also, I understand that my success is based on the choices of other people. This is one of the few work fields where “working hard” won’t guarantee success. With that in your head, it’s easy not to let the pressure get to you because at the end of the day, the choices are not in your control.

What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you?

I love this question. A lot of people don’t know that I was a competitive gymnast for a long time along with my sister. We got the chance to travel around to competitions at a young age and compete at Worlds in Amsterdam and Belgium. Those were some of the best times in my life.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

It’s a tie. I worked with Harley Weir and Guido for my first shoot ever in New York. I went to the casting before I was technically signed to an agency in New York, so when I confirmed the job, me and my mother agency were so so excited.  This past New York Fashion week I walked the Fenty X Puma show with Rihanna. Pat McGrath did my makeup herself while Rihanna styled my look. I was freaking out and trying to stay cool all day.

How do you cope when you are away from your family and friends?

I don’t cope. I’m such a baby. I complain all the time about how much I miss them. Thank God for FaceTime and group chats.

What do you like to do in your spare time to decompress?

Anything to get me outside and in nature. If I’m in California, then it’s going to Lake Tahoe, either skiing or going on my favorite hikes.  In New York, it’s going to these secret little places I have saved around the city where it doesn’t feel like New York anymore. I visit those often.

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