Gabriella was born Deaf*, but that hasn’t stopped her from following her dreams of becoming a model.
Luckily, she’s had some recent role models to look up to – including America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco and current Ms. San Antonio, Emma Faye Rudkin – but at just 10-years-old, she’s already seeing some of the challenges that those with #deaftalent have to overcome.
“Gabriella has a pronounced Deaf accent, so she doesn’t get many auditions,” says her mother, Teresa Banda. “It’s been difficult the last few years – she wants to work and casting agents have not been kind, or open to working with a Deaf child. Up until earlier this year she had not booked a single paying job in two years.”
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