Happy to have you here, Danielle. Tell us your story, how did you got started modeling and where is your home now?
Thank you for having me! It's a pleasure. I started my modeling career in Atlanta, Georgia five years ago. I relocated to NYC in 2018 to take my career to the next level.
Tell us more about yourself. What else do you do next to modeling?
I'm originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. I love to shop, travel, cook, be outdoors, be in front of the camera, help others and write poetry.
What do you love most about being a model? What do you least enjoy?
I love being in front of the camera. It allows me to escape from reality and use my imagination and creativity. Also, I love when people tell me they love or are inspired by work.
I least enjoy it when I'm not selected for modeling jobs that I qualify for. It sucks. But rejection is a part of modeling. It happens A LOT!!!!
What is the most challenging being a model?
The inherent discrimination and tokenization of Black models. There are so many of us in the industry and yet, you hardly ever see us being represented. It's very frustrating.
If you could change something in the modeling world, what would it be?
More Opportunities for Models of Color, Disabled models, plus size, trans and nonbinary models. Instead of it being just for performative reasons. There's MORE than enough space and opportunities for ALL of us.
What fuels your imagination and provides you with inspiration?
I get so inspired by reading fashion magazines, Pinterest, seeing other creatives' work and drawing from that. Using that source of inspiration, but still making it original. I have a vivid imagination and I like to utilize that while modeling.
What keeps you excited about life in general?
Knowing that things could change at any given minute. You never know what may be in store for you. Life is so unpredictable.
Looking back how has modeling experience changed your personal/professional life? Have you grown more comfortable with yourself since you have started?
Modeling has changed me in so many ways. I've learned how to project and go with the times because Fashion is always changing. Always being adaptive and learning new things, which intersects with my personal life. I'm comfortable with shooting in a room full of people. Posing, and learning my angles and facial expressions have changed tremendously.
What kind of life would you like to have?
I see myself as a successful model and businesswoman. I see myself being financially established and literate. I want to continue to remain my true authentic self and share my knowledge and wisdom with the next generation. Give back to my community.
What are the achievements you are proud of most of today?
I landed my very print advertisement in the heart of NYC, I've been published multiple times in esteemed magazine publications, landed my first hosting gig. Mostly, I'm proud of myself for pressing through tough obstacles in my life and reclaiming my power back.
Where can our readers keep up with your work and get connected with you
Accessory Designer: Zara @zara
Model: Danielle Davis @dani_davis_1
Makeup Artist: Lori Walker @lmichele_mua
Fashion Designer: Isa Boulder @isaboulder
Fashion Designer: Jacquemus @jacquemus
Accessory Designer: Louis Vuitton @louisvuitton
Wardrobe Stylist: EK Eustacio @mindbodyandstyle
Accessory Designer: Bottega Veneta @newbottega
Photographer: JARRETT DEMETRE @jarrettdemetre
Fashion Designer: Dries Van Noten @driesvannoten
Fashion Designer: Comme De Garcons @commedesgarcons
Hair Stylist: Nancy Deshommes @queens_natural_hair_stylist
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