The person I didn't write about until now is the one who truly inspired me, from the very first moment we met, and how lucky I am to have met him! His name was Otto Stupakoff, a then already elderly photographer who stopped by the agency (Ford Models) because he wanted to get in touch with Eileen Ford. Those at reception deemed him nothing but a crazy old man, but when they told me what he said, I knew exactly who this "old man" was.
Otto and I became friends very quickly, I suppose after all those adventures he had, taking pictures at the most amazing locations and surviving imprisonment by cannibal tribes and avalanches, he probably just needed someone to share his stories with, now that he was back in Brazil, alone, and without really knowing anybody. I stood in awe of every sentence he spoke of, not only was his life fantastic, it was always every inch of what I hoped mine would be.
Mr. Stupakoff wrote to me:
"Friend Gabriel, may our paths continue to cross on the streets and avenues of this and other lives."
That is the most cherished possession I have to this day, therein is the sum of all our conversations and experiences together for the short period we got to know each other. He was a dreamer, a storyteller, a bon-vivant, he was and still is, a star.
In my writing, I wish to emulate Otto Stupakoff, his lightness, and tranquility, his excitement for life. In my writing, I hope to transmit the "joie de vivre" that I saw in action then, for the first time in my life. Writing exists not only to inform but to lift the spirits and create a world that very much can be ours too.
I will never stop dreaming; therefore I can never stop writing.
- GABRIEL RUAS SANTOS ROCHA
VOGUE BRAZIL; SEPT 2014
A biographical piece celebrating the life of Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Models, the most iconic and also the first modeling agency in the world.
PENINSULA MAGAZINE; SEPT 2015
Interview with the iconic American photographer William Helburn, who changed advertising in the "Mad Men" era.
the goal is to tell stories of people and places you never knew you wanted to know about.
The works also expand into the realms of screen writing, production & PR.
Gabriel has completed two screenplays, produced a series of projects for TV, appeared in film, and also founded an agency that brings to the table a new concept in career branding and management.
PENINSULA MAGAZINE / HUFFINGTON POST, Oct 2015
Featuring H.H.S. Alexi Lubomirski's two new books, one covering his work as a photographer, and the other dedicated to the future generations, sharing some wisdom on chivalry from the prince himself.
VOGUE BRAZIL, MAR 2010
Cover feature following the aftermath of Haiti's deathly earthquake and how top model Carolina Bittencourt, from a hospital bed, made sure that the country that she loves had some ease to their pain.
VOGUE BRAZIL, JUL 2009
Your exclusive backstage access pass to one of the most exclusive tickets in the New York scene, the Met Gala, hosted by Vogue's Anna Wintour.
PENINSULA MAGAZINE, Jun 2012
Interview with Beverly Johnson, the first African-American woman to be on the cover of Vogue.
VVV MAGAZINE, SEPT 2016
Cover feature with top models Claudia Mason, Frederique Vanderwal, Carol Alt, Hannah Ferguson, and Pat Cleveland; one of each generation.
PENINSULA MAGAZINE, 2012
Interview with top model and raw foods spokesperson Carol Alt, about how this revolutionary way of living has saved her life.
HARPER'S BAZAAR BRAZIL, SEPT 2012
Cover story about the life of infamous fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, upon the release of the book ANTONIO, by the brothers Mao and Roger Padilha.
PAROCHI MAGAZINE, NOV 2013
Article about the evolution of New York's Meatpacking District.
PAROCHI MAGAZINE, 2017
Covering the best of Paris through the eyes of a model agent.
ONNE MAGAZINE, 2016
Travel piece about Los Angeles and its alluring , but not yet convincing charms.
ONNE MAGAZINE, 2016
Travel piece about the arrival of the new Whitney Museum in Downtown New York.
ONNE MAGAZINE, SEPT 2014
Article on the ever changing perspectives about Brooklyn.
PAROCHI MAGAZINE, APR 2013
Travel piece covering downtown Manhattan.
HARPER'S BAZAAR THAILAND, SEPT 2014
Article covering the life of Eileen Ford.
EMPORIO MAGAZINE, MAR 2007
Cover story featuring Brazilian top model Michelle Alves.
L'OFFICIEL BRAZIL, 2009
Alessandra Ambrosio is the cover girl for this issue, with interview and profile covering her background and how it relates with her goals for the future.