Superior Model Management's Kirstin Gribbin is one of the most exciting and sought after faces in Glasgow.

Her most recent work has involved starring in a music video for Scottish band Fatherson, and shooting with some of the city's most talented photographers, stylists and designers - as well as shooting in London with the ever popular Mr Chris Millington. She is a constant fixture of Glasgow School of Art's annual fashion show, where you can see her strut her stuff on the catwalk - and all of this at just 21, whilst studying Product Design Engineering. I sat down with her in Glasgow's Stereo bar/café to have a chat about her work in the Scottish fashion scene, what it's like to be a model and the style choices that she makes.

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Q: When did you first start modelling and how did it all happen?

Kirstin: I started modelling with the GSA fashion show five years ago. It was actually my friend's idea, she was like, "Aw, come on Kirstin let's just apply and see what happens." I didn't really want to do it because I never thought I'd get picked. We entered it for a bit of fun really. We had to run up to Deichmann shoes on Sauchiehall Street and buy some heels and take pictures of us in them. To my surprise, I got picked, and it was the most amazing experience ever! I've been doing it every year since, I just love it.

Q: What about your friend, did she get picked?

Kirstin: Oh, that's the worst bit. She never got picked and I felt so bad! But she was fine about it, and really encouraging.

Q: What are you wearing today to fight this horrible February frost?

Kirstin: I'm wearing a white shirt from GAP, with a pair of ripped Jamie jeans from Topshop. I've got sparkly socks from Urban Outfitters, and I've got my Doc shoes on from the Dr. Marten's shop as well. And, oh, my jacket is from Zara - I've had it for so long and it's my favourite jacket.

Q: How would you describe your style, and if you were to give it a name what would it be?

Kirstin: In the last couple of years, it's changed a bit. I used to be quite vintage and into boyfriend fit and things like that, but now I try to dress more like a 'model' because that's the advice that I was given from my agency when I was down in London. It means that if you're on the street and a designer sees you they might come up to you and book you. Usually models wear a lot of plain stuff - some go a bit rock chick, but I'm not too keen on that. It's all about being a blank canvas really for models. I do like grungy stuff as well, and I stick to all my main colours. But yeah, I'd say as a model my style would be Blank Canvas.

Q: Do you stick to just the one style or do you mix it up a bit? And do you consider your style to be unique or part of a wider trend?

Kirstin: I like to try and look different every day, so I do try to mix it up. Some days I'll wear a dress with a big jumper, and then the next day I might wear something vintage, like this watermelon shirt that I found in the British Heart Foundation shop in Bellshill. I like to mix it up, whilst sticking to the trends.

Q: Do you have any favourite pieces of clothing that you couldn't live without and why?

Kirstin: Right now it would have to be my ripped jeans. I've always been looking for ripped jeans, even before the trend really took off. I used to go into all the alternative shops down Queen Street way, like Osiris, looking for ripped jeans, but it's easier to find them now. Oh, and my Docs, because as a model I'm always trying to keep my feet in flats. I really don't want to do a Sarah Jessica Parker and ruin my feet by wearing high heels all the time.

Q: You don't want to end up with Barbie toes?

Kirstin: Ha, yeah Barbie toes! I really don't want that!

Q: Do you have a dream item of clothing that you want to own/or wanted but now own?

Kirstin: As a model, I get to wear dream clothing all the time! I'm so grateful for it, because I'm able to wear amazing clothes that no one else really has the chance to. I'm lucky. If I had to pick one thing it would be a white tuxedo that I wore on a recent shoot - it felt so empowering.

Q: So like the YSL Le Smoking?

Kirstin: Yeah, something that just makes you feel fabulous, or a Chanel little black dress maybe!

Q: When would you say that you really began to take notice of your own personal style?

Kirstin: Probably when I started modelling in about 5th and 6th year. I've worn some horrible outfits to non-uniform day's at school, but I'd say round about 5th year I really became aware of it. I remember saying to my mum that I needed to go to Topshop because everyone went to Topshop. You start to notice your style because that's you going into a new kind of world, leaving for university and work. It's becomes important for you to look good.

Q: What's the biggest influence on the way that you dress?

Kirstin: I'd say modelling has had an impact on the way I dress. I also really love Alexa Chung's style, she's one of my favourites for picking up little style tips from. I'd even say bands and the music scene, like Arctic Monkeys and some local bands. I mean, I live in Glasgow and it is a music city, so I dress appropriately for that.

Q: Has your career in modelling had an effect on the way that you dress? And would you consider your style to be an extension of the work that you do?

Kirstin: Definitely. Going to jobs and casting calls have really influenced the way I dress. I really didn't know how to dress to go to castings and that's when my agency told me to dress in basics so people could get an idea of what they want to do if they hire you. It's all about showing your figure and being a clean slate for people to work with. I also take a lot of style tips from other models I meet. There are lots of people that I work with that just always have something that inspires me.

Q: Where is your favourite place to go in the city, and what would you wear to go there?

Kirstin: I love to go to gigs. Depending on what gig I'm going to, the style can always change, but I always stick to my colours - burgundy, navy, dark greens, greys and blacks. Staple items for gigs though would have to be crop tops, jeans and my Doc's or my New Balance. Oh, and a statement jacket - my favourite to wear right now would be this big Aztec print jacket.

Q: Are there any fashion faux pas from your past that you wish you could erase from history, and if so why?

Kirstin: Oh God, the worst thing I've ever worn would have to have been in 1st year at school. I was with this group of girls and they all decided that we should wear all pink everything for the dress down day. So I went home and told my mum that we needed to go to New Look and buy all this pink stuff. I went in and bought these bright pink kitten heels, a short pink skirt, a white top with a pink print of a woman on it, and a pink jacket. YUCK! So, I get all ready in my shocking pink outfit and I'm walking up the street in the pouring rain and I fall, my skirt goes flying up and as if that wasn't bad enough, when I got there none of the girls were even wearing the slightest bit of pink! It was just the worst! I also worked in McDonalds. If I could scrub that outfit from history as well that would be great!

Q: If you could go back to your childhood and pick an item of clothing to wear now what would it be, and why?

Kirstin: A wee pink dress that had a little pink satin bow with a tutu or a little red dress which I wore when I was about two or three. It was velvet, with little white ruffles and a wee black ribbon. Oh, and Powerpuff Girls dungarees!

I've heard models being described as 'professional clothes horses', and it's a description which I cannot fully get behind at all. Yes, it was the job of the style team to create the looks that adorn models on the pages of our favourite magazines, but outside of their working hours, many models still have their finger of the fashion pulse.

Kirstin Gribbin is one such model, who, with her keen interest in style, her enthusiastic work ethic and her love of working alongside some fantastic Scottish creatives, has positioned herself in the epicentre of Scotland's new fashion frontier. Talking to Kirstin about fashion has shone a light into the world of modelling, and has illuminated areas which are usually reserved for harsh assumption.

The idea of models encouraging and influencing one and other is one that is rarely thought of, but during my time with Kirstin, I began to get the impression that it happens more than we think.