Jun 18, 2017 4:21AM

Cool Babe Madsion Tabeek On Lovin' Her Fam For Oyster #110

Near and dear.
Professionally attractive human and family gal Madison Tabeek is about as grateful as they come. Her fam is the reason she's shredding so hard right now — whether it's the biological or the ones on set — and she isn't shy about singing her praises. With Oyster #110 having a full focus on clubs, cliques and clans, we had to bring her in for a chat…

I miss my dog

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Name: Madison Tabeek
Occupation: Model
Age: 19
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Currently based: Los Angeles
What are you doing right now?
I'm currently at a shoot getting extensions put in my hair.
Can tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I started modelling when I was 17 after I was scouted. I finished high school while still modelling and after I graduated I came to LA to be with my agency out here.
We're talking about families in this issue, what does it mean to you?
Family to me is love. They mean the world to me, they watch you grow, they love you even when you mess up.
What kind of values and beliefs did your parents instil in you?
My parents always taught me to be honest, and treat other people how I'd like to be treated.
What is the most significant group you've ever belonged to — club, sports team, collective or other?
All of my childhood up until high school I belonged to multiple soccer teams and I spent most of my time at practices and games. But I think now the most significant group I'm a part of is this modelling world… I think LA is in its own little world too, so I guess you could say I'm a part of that for now.
What does home mean to you and where do you feel most at home?
Home is where my family is. No specific place. I spent my childhood moving from state to state so it's easy for me to adapt to new places quickly and be able to call different places home. But wherever they are, I can call home.
How has collaboration helped you in your career/life?
When I think of how others has helped me, the first thing that comes to mind is I wouldn't be where I am without the help of others when it comes to my career and personal life. In fact, they go hand in hand. Every photo I take (even though I'm the only person or subject in the image) is the work of several different people working together to achieve a look, a feeling, or an expression from me. I'm an extension of the team surrounding me. Make-up artists, designers, photographers…hours spent together – prepping, trying to get the perfect light, angle, and expression. When it comes together it's magic! And so gratifying. And we all appreciate the work we put in. With each shoot, there's a different experience and I come away learning something else.  
What's your most memorable experience in the club?
I'll tell you when I'm legal.
How has being part of a creative community helped with your modelling?
Every person I meet and work with becomes a part of me in some shape or form. I try to take something from every artist, stylist, and photographer I work with. I'm always learning – and I love what I do. I don't consider it – it's who I am. And most of the people I'm surrounded by are people like me, we're all artists in our hearts. Those who I surround myself with inspire me, teach me, and pick me up when I need a boost. I think we all learn from each other. The sharing of ideas and openness we have is vital to what we do. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
What subculture from history do you most identify with and why?
When I think of subcultures, I think of groups who have stood out, made an impression of some sort on others and had some sort of purpose which motivated them. I think I identify with the 80s culture most. I love music from the 80s or inspired by the 80s like electro synth pop. There was also a huge androgynous vibe in the 80s that began which I'm all about. I love everything about the colours people wore and the style.
What causes and issues do you feel most strongly about?
Equality in all aspects of humanity. We play a very important role on earth and we should treat each other and our surroundings as such.
Do you prefer hanging out alone or in groups?
I like both. I get in moods where I like to be around a lot of people. But nothing is better than alone time.
Who have been your greatest supporters/mentors/inspirations?
My parents for sure. They've supported me since the beginning. They want whatever is best for me.
What are you most excited about at the moment?
My sister visiting me!
Why is togetherness especially important in 2017?
Because people need people. It's good to have people you trust since it's so hard to find.
Photos: Maxwell Clements
Fashion: Ashling Massoumi

Hayley Morgan