Diana Jean Oliphant is an actor, painter and a beautiful model from Seattle. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with modeling?
I learned to draw in college because models posed for me. I thought I should return the favor, and then found a lot of joy in creating things with people.
How were you discovered?
I am not sure what “discovered” means. I am self built. I apply for my own castings, reach out to artist and designers, and do all of my own marketing. I have discovered within myself that I am all I need, and I have learned to trust myself beyond all else.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
There are so many! I like adventurous outdoor shoots the most, and shooting in the cliffs of Bombo outside of Sydney was a blast.
How would you define your personal style?
Somewhere between comfy and slutty librarian. I wear a lot of small clothes and big sweaters – I’m often mistaken for a teenager.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in Seattle and the grunge era has absolutely influenced my sense of style.
Who is your style icon and why?
I have a rule that I don’t look up to people, but ideas. The idea that everyone should be able to have clothes that make them feel like themselves, and do not wreck the environment is a style icon I could look up to.
Who is your favorite photographer and why?
Thats like picking a favorite song. There are three people in Seattle that I have loved working with for the last many years. @asp_photos and @scoundrelsandrakes both are experts with their cameras but choose to use mostly natural light when photographing women, which I think tends to look more feminine. @reesephotog is probably my favorite though. She photographs women in a very seductive way that isn’t traditionally feminine. Her creative uses of fabrics and stickers I find really inspiring.
What advice would you give to aspiring models out there?
Do you and don’t compromise. There isn’t just one way to be a model today, and don’t let anyone tell you, you HAVE to have an agent, or you HAVE to work with so and so. Do you all the way.
Do you edit your own photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
The photos I shoot are mostly polaroids that I collage into weird photo boxes. So, I kind of edit them, but its all very tactile.
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