NEW YORK — Turn back the calendar to the beginning of 2015 right around the time when Gucci released its longtime creative director Frida Giannini and promoted from within its ranks Alessandro Michele to steer the ship into then uncharted waters. In those heady early days when the luxury brand was undergoing a massive creative overhaul right in the thick of it was Dutch model Tessa Bruinsma. “When you think about me starting modeling, I think of Gucci,” says Tessa who walked in Michele’s debut runway show for the house and then went on to feature in the corresponding advertising campaign by Glen Luchford. “Even before doing my first show with them I already was with the team busy to create the looks for a few weeks. I really got to know them and I’m really happy how it turned out.” As an admirer of the arts, Tessa found Michele’s new vision for the brand especially appealing and credits her early work with it as catalyzing her career into what it is today.

Tessa hails from Utrecht in Holland, where she has a younger brother. Tessa’s mother and father both work in the field of environmental science, which is a something she sees herself one day studying. Tessa admits she was something of a rough-and-tumble girl growing up and remembers being drawn to playing football in the school yard or drawing with just about whatever she could use to make a mark on paper. Fashion was never anything that figured all too prominently in Tessa’s aspirations, but is a field she has grown to love now that she has found her place insided it. “There are thousands of girls [in the modeling industry], so you need to stand out,” says Tessa, who with a strong work ethic and refreshing sense of humor continues to distinguish herself in a saturated market place.

Credits includes: Title, “Next Questions — Tessa Bruinsma”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Tessa Bruinsma.