Carli Glubok, a model who has worked with the likes of Playboi Carti, A$AP ROCKY, UnoTheActivist and Nick Jonas etc is impacting the industry with her dedication and perseverance to succeed. I reached out to Carli and spoke with her to capture her story. Through Carli’s interview, I was moved by her empowering stature and will to create positive change in the world around her.
I also spoke to her modelling agency, Margaux Models, who were more than lovely to me. Through interviewing Carli, I was able to learn about her history and why she is so motivated to do good toward the world.
Above is Carli’s appearance in Nick Jonas’ music video for “Find you”. Carli comes on screen at 1:15.
How long have you wished to be a model for? Did you have previous career dreams and if so, what were they?
“I’ve wished to be a model all my life. I do not remember when, but my mom said that when I was a little girl, I would be approached by Disney producers and modelling agencies, but my parents wanted me to wait until I was old enough to make my own decision about taking on the tough industry. “
Who is your greatest inspiration? Which individuals would you like to meet and/or work with in the future?
“My greatest inspiration is Angelina Jolie, whose striking external beauty only rivals the beauty of her heart. Her generosity in helping children around the world, as well as her bravery in speaking out about her double mastectomy and oophorectomy, have inspired me greatly. Some of the models I would like to meet are Adriana Lima and Cara Delevingne. I would like to work with Mario Testino and Carine Roitfeld. “
Where do you see your modelling career going towards?
“I see my modelling career heading in the direction of high fashion in LA, NYC, Europe, and all around the world. Whether that be print for clothing brands, runway, commercial, or music videos etc.”
What major modelling work have you done throughout your career? How did you get started?
“The most significant jobs I’ve had throughout my modelling career include a “Nasty Gal” commercial and several music videos. I’ve done over 8 music videos for all kinds of artists. I got started with my first video with Playboi Carti ft UnoTheActivist with ASAP Rocky. These opportunities lead to more such as MadeIntyo, The Weeknd (NAV), Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla sign, Nick Jonas, Chase Atlantic, etc. “
Carli has been featured in the music videos of artists such as Reo Cragun and UFO 361.
During Carli’s modelling career she has also been involved in many runway shows. These include Art Hearts Fashion Show (LA Fashion Week), Andre Emery Fashion Show (LA Fashion Week) in which a crowd of over 3000 people attended and Christian Cowan Fashion Show (Make A Wish Foundation).
After finding out you were diagnosed with cancer, what was your immediate response? What were your thoughts?
“After finding out I had cancer, my immediate response was complete and utter shock, but after the news sank in, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to take the cancer and turn it into an opportunity to help others. I am doing this by continuing to model and helping others in need of a self-confidence boost, giving them someone to relate to that can understand what they were going through.”
What specific cancer were you diagnosed with?
“I was diagnosed with a rare type of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.”
Carli was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer on Friday, September 15th, 2017. She posted a video on Instagram of her hair being cut, with the caption “Today I’m choosing to share this over Instagram because I want to empower people who feel like they don’t have a voice and feel alone. I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer on Friday, September 15th, 2017. I cut my hair very short recently to prepare for my treatment tomorrow. My cancer is 90 percent curable. I will be strong and I will fight this. I will survive to tell my story and will inspire and help people to not be afraid to overcome life’s battles. Everything happens for a reason. What matters most is remembering to never take life for granted for it is so precious…And to put out nothing but love and positivity in this world ❤️💫 My journey starts now.”
How did cancer affect your modelling career and your lifestyle?
“Cancer affected my lifestyle and modelling career by taking a toll on my body with the intense fatigue. Every day that goes by feels like a year. I eat differently now and participate in activities differently.”
“Since I’m feeling physically weak, I don’t have the energy to do my modelling as much as I’d love to. Otherwise, I’d be in Hollywood and Downtown, attending castings all day and working my butt off. Everyone thinks modelling is easy but really it’s just as hard as any out of college profession – if not harder.”
Now that the cancer is in remission, how have your thoughts changed, if at all?
“Now that I’m in remission, I have had a huge weight taken off of my shoulders but I still went through a life–threatening experience and I think about that daily. “
On November 3rd Carli posted about her Lymphoma now being in remission, “I just found out I’m in complete remission. I’m in tears of joy. I’m so grateful for all the love and support I’ve been receiving going through my cancer diagnosis. Thank you to everyone that’s asked me how I’m doing and has supported me through this tough time in my life. I KICKED ITS ASS just like Angie did ❤️”
Do you have any words for those that may be in the same position you previously were in?
“What I would tell someone going through the same situation as me would be, “Don’t let it knock you down.God has given you this challenge because he knows you can overcome it.””
What motivated you to continue and persevere, empowering those as you went forward?
“What motivated me to continue to persevere and power through it is the difficult challenges that I have encountered in my past. I believe everyone goes through their own tough life struggles and I’d say my life has definitely tested me and my strength. But, I’ve always gotten up when I get knocked, and I show them what’s good.”
Do you see yourself working in the future to help support those affected by cancer? If yes, how do you see yourself doing this?
“I see myself in the future working to help support those affected by the awful disease of cancer. I would do this by forming support groups, giving inspirational speeches, or running an organization that helps girls feel beautiful without their hair.”
If you would like to follow Carli’s lead in bringing forth good to the world, here is a link to the Cancer Council which is a foundation in which helps those that are currently suffering with cancer and also aid research.
With Carli now quickly rising through the industry, it’ll be interesting to see where her journey takes her next.
Remember to check out her Instagram at @carliglubok to see the work she gets up to.