Jamila Loubriel, Model
What kind of model are you?
My full-time gig right now is at the Art Students League—I pose for artists. I just finished modeling for a ten-week sculpture class: I had to do the same pose five times a week for ten weeks, three hours at a time. And I was standing on one foot.
You’re kidding me!
I did lots of stretching beforehand, lots of breathing, and I meditate. I just try to take myself somewhere else in my head, you know? Like, to the beach. I was just in Hawaii, so lately I’ve been bringing those images up in my head. But for that sculpture class, I think I did maybe push myself a little too hard—I actually ended up breaking my ankle soon afterward. I think it was related.
That is so intense.
Going through boot camp when I was in the Coast Guard was the hardest experience of my life. But being sculpted has been one of the best—to get to see myself be immortalized was amazing.
Neighborhood: Fort Greene.
Roommates: One. “I met her at the Art Students League. She was painting me.”
Hometown: Dothan, Alabama.
Years in New York: Two.
Exercise: “I bike every day.”
Favorite New York beach: Brighton Beach. “I’m really into Russian food and culture.”
Future plans: “I just got accepted to Parsons’s B.F.A. program.”
Dream job: “Getting to play Halle Berry in a biopic.”
*This article appears in the August 11, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.