Fashion Blogging Self Love
New Zealander Gala Darling, 27, is making a big name for herself as a fashion blogger and is one of only ten to fly to Barcelona in October as a guest of Spanish clothing line Mango to front its MNG campaign. Darling explains her background: “I was born in Wellington and lived in Auckland and Melbourne before moving to the United States, so I have a fun hybrid accent. I own two passports. I am an only child.” Darling has collaborated with accessory brand Coach, participated in a breast cancer campaign for Estee Lauder and ice skated for a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen holiday campaign video. She began blogging about fashion because it was fun and she’d grown up with it, thanks to her fashion retailer mother, Janet Paape, who established stores Bags of Difference and SHE Designer Excitement. Darling says her “obsessions include writing, travelling, good music, shoe shopping and radical self love.” Gala Darling, formerly Amy Paape, lives in East Village, New York.