GK Reid

GK Reid explains why the team's trip to India was just personal for him too.

on Jul 24, 20100

Contrary to the way things might have come off on the show, I actually think it’s important to sometimes stand back and give other people a chance to style for Markus and Indrani. We work together as a team, not just on set, but around the clock. The end result is the product of all of that creative tension and synergy. On the other hand, I know it’s important to maintain a certain amount of perspective so you don’t become creatively stagnant or overly self-referential. Working with other people on different kinds of projects is also very important and helps keep us centered artistically. And hopefully we can all bring that energy back to the team.

I sometimes forget how much respect Markus and Indrani have for me in this regard, and I think it showed in their desire to come out and support me during the Thuy fashion show I styled, even though they were in the midst of preparing for a shoot for Cosmopolitan. This part of our relationship might not get as much attention from the cameras, but we really want to see each other evolve and succeed as individuals.

We also get a chance to understand each other better when we see each other from a new perspective. That’s part of the reason why I was so excited to travel to Indrani’s home in India and see where she grew up. The other reason, which wasn’t mentioned on the show, is that I actually spent part of my childhood growing up in a boarding school in northern India. So although I’d never been to Calcutta before, in some ways it felt like coming home for me too.

India is a very personal and spiritual place for me. There’s a lot going on, there are people everywhere and the climate can be really hard on you if you're not prepared. So while I could understand why this might be a shock for Markus, the environment really resonated with me, and I saw a lot of potential for our shoot.

Indrani’s family’s palace was breathtaking. Emerging from the vines and jungle you could see countless layers of history stacked on top of each other. The place had a mysterious and enchanting ambiance, which I knew would come through even though we were working with a small crew and limited resources. Even though Indrani had been away from modeling for some time, I knew that her relationship with this place would shine through if I could make her feel comfortable and at ease.

7 comments
Keepin an eye on you
Keepin an eye on you

I enjoyed your role in the show and see the important part you play in making in these pictures. I'm curious what it would be like to work with. Always in need of a good stylist.

I will be in touch.

princess_workstoomuch
princess_workstoomuch

Someone on here made the statement that Markus acts as an infant and I cannot help but agree 100%...they forgot to put the word spoiled in front of it.

GK GK GK You are amazing and the sweetest gentleman on the show. You in no way needed to explain why you yelled at Markus..its about time someone did. He was hurting Indrani and it brought tears to my eyes that someone finally stood up to him on her behalf. She is such a special person...shes like watching an angel here on earth, beautiful inside and out. She is one of a kind and deserves the kind of loving respect that you hold for her. I love you for caring for her this way.

I loveeed seeing India and the ruins were beyond beautiful. It is so sad that it couldn't be saved, but thankfully and hopefully they will let it stand as it is for the beauty and history that is still there. How cute were those kids?? It makes you want to hug each and every one.

You are a wonderful and talented man GK and I wish everything good in life to come your way. xxoo

Boo to Markus!!
Boo to Markus!!

It was difficult to watch Markus. He was really closed off to a new culture and acted like an infant. It had nothing to do with the heat or jungle, he began his tantrum at the mere mention of India. He really showed disrespect to Indrani, someone he claims to love. Who acts that way in someone else's home?!! I also hate how he talked down to her during the photo shoot. Week after week we have to watch him flirt, encourage, compliment (basically mount) all the models he shoots. But with Indrani he couldnt find one kind word to say. She is a giving woman and found the one glimmer of light, that he made a funny face at the children, and it was enough for her to tell him that she loves him. I dont know what she sees in him. All I see is a baby who pouts if he doesn't get his way, screams about a camera, shows no respect to women and cant control his spending. I hope he grows up. My best to you and Indrani.

koranessa
koranessa

Gk, Your sense of style and fashion is amazing!! I love how caring you are of Indrani. She's sweet, artistic and very talented and she needs someone that cares for her like you and teach her how to be strong and speak her mind. I love the show, it's wonderful to watch the photo shoots and to see the finished product. Best of luck to you.

cloud9
cloud9

I'm so impressed by your level of self awareness! Sometimes when watching the show, one gets the sense that everyone is totally lost in their own problems and taking it out on each other. I'm surprised and pleased to see that you are so self-reflective and that you have all this insight into what is going on. Thanks for being you.

Boo to Markus!
Boo to Markus!

It was difficult to watch Markus. He was really closed off to a new culture and acted like an infant. It had nothing to do with the heat or jungle, he began his tandrum at the mere mention of India. He really showed disrespect to Indrani, someone he claims to love. Who acts that way in someone else's home?!! I also hate how he talked down to her during the photo shoot. Week after week we have to watch him flirt, encourage, compliment (basically mount) all the models he shoots. But with Indrani he couldnt find one kind word to say. She is a giving woman and found the one glimmer of light, that he made a funny face at the children, and it was enough for her to tell him that she loves him. I dont know what she sees in him. All I see is a baby who pouts if he doesn't get his way, screams about a camera, shows no respect to women and cant control his spending. I hope he grows up. My best to you and Indrani.

Pretty Alice
Pretty Alice

GK, I have to say how much I admire your show. There is just so much to say about the art you all work so hard to put together.

I loved the visit to India, Indrani shined and I love how you look after her. I hope happiness comes your way.

Seeing Indrani's smiling face through the children's faces in the school picture brought a tear to my eye, it was magical.