Deanna Dellia is a beautiful American model, influencer, actress and a teacher. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
I first fell in love with acting. Modeling was not a passion of mine as an adolescent, until I went to a psychic who told me that my career path would begin with me being a successful model. Determined to fulfill her prophecy, I entered a beauty pageant, which was extremely extra of me. That is where is all started, but I did not start to enjoy modeling until I was about 20 years old, when I finally made conditional peace with my body. After that, it felt empowering being in front of the camera. The ability to spread body positivity and female empowerment is what really makes me love it.
How were you discovered?
I did some child modeling, but I was not really “discovered” until a few years ago, via Instagram, of course. I was surprised that an agency wanted me, me not exactly being the archetype of “feminine beauty” at the time. But, they enlightened me to the fact that healthy would soon be the new skinny, and they were right.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
I have been a part of some weird shoots, from being in a bath full of popcorn, to being covered in slime, not being able to breathe or see. However, my favorite shoots have been for Target and their lgbt campaign. I also love shooting in the woods.
How would you define your personal style?
That is a loaded question. My style has always been super dark and eccentric. However, it does go through many phases. Sometimes I am full on goth, sometimes I am business-y or teacher-y. Sometimes I dress like I am a hippie, an anime character, or a fairy. There was the old Hollywood phase in which I literally thought that I was Elizabeth Taylor. What ever style I am manifesting on the outside is usually an accurate resprentation of who I feel like on the inside, or who I want to feel like. The darkness of my style is the forever constant of whatever phase I am in.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in a conservative, small town in New Jersey, in which everyone pretty much dressed the same way. I think that my style was a way of externally expressing my lack of conformity, and my desire to stay original. I liked getting strange looks as I walked down the hallway in an outfit completely made of leather, or something that looked like one of my old dance constumes. It was (again) my very extra way of reminding everyone that I would never be like them.
Who is your style icon and why?
I’m going to have to go with Wednesday Addams… Just kidding. It feels weird calling any women style icons because they are so much more than that. But, I like Krysten Ritter’s style. I also love Stevie Nicks, and I have been channeling Audrey Hepburn a lot lately.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
I can’t pick a favorite that I have worked with, there are too many. But, my favorite photographers that I have not worked with, since they are dead, are Weegee and Imogen Cunningham.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
Don’t let any agency or brand put in a category. You are a human being, not an appliance. It is not you that needs to change, it is the industry.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
Sometimes I do, and sometimes I just stick to Instagram filters and leave the editing to the professionals, but I just found this app called Color Pop that is pretty cool.
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