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High School to High Fashion

Sarah Gullixson ’17 is a fashion model living in NYC and remembers how Carondelet taught her to lift others up.

Submitted by Sarah Gullixson ’17:

My life right now consists of juggling online classes, modeling full time, and being an influencer on Tiktok (@sarahgullix). I have been featured in the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. I walked in New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Milan Fashion Week.

After graduating Carondelet, I modeled in New York, Italy, France, Australia, and Germany. I spent my days learning about different cultures by living and working in different countries. My mom and I joke that I have probably done over 1,000 photo shoots since I started modeling eight years ago. Out of all of my modeling jobs, my favorite job was shooting an editorial for the coveted and exclusive September issue of Vogue Italia.

This week has been very special to my family and I because I was lucky enough to be chosen to grace the cover of Diablo Magazine’s March 2021 issue. I grew up reading Diablo magazine, and it has been a dream of mine for so long to be featured on the cover.

My modeling story started at the same time I started Carondelet as a freshman in 2014. I juggled modeling part time after school by taking BART from Concord to SF after school to walk in runway shows. I kept my high heels in my lockers and completed my homework in the hair and makeup chair backstage at runway shows. My work ethic at Carondelet extended to my work ethic as a model, which has contributed to my success today.

Something that inspires me about Carondelet is the way the school teaches girls to lift each other up. This was one of my biggest takeaways from Carondelet, and it has helped me in this business because when women support other women, we can achieve anything! This lesson has also impacted my personal life because my friends know they can come to me for emotional support and business advice anytime.

A fond memory I have from Carondelet was the annual Visions of Christmas Fashion Show. I used to help out backstage by teaching all of my fellow Carondelet students how to walk in heels like a model. Today, I have gathered a following of almost 700,000 on Tiktok where I do the same thing, but on a much larger scale. I look forward to a day after COVID-19 when I can return to Carondelet to teach the students how to walk in heels for the Visions of Christmas Fashion Show again!


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