Family Swank: Diana Veras
From high school to runways, nothing impedes the success of this fashionista.
Name: Diana Veras
Swank: Model and It Girl
Check out her Tumblr: MyNamesDiana
If you’re a teen that peruses Rookie or someone that spends (way too much) time on Tumblr or Instagram, then you most likely know Diana Veras, even if only by her face. With almost 25k followers on Twitter and double that on Instagram, the Dominiyorkian model is making a name for herself in the fashion world, both in front of the camera and on the runway. Here she talks about living in the fashion capital of the world, the oversexed environment that is American Apparel, and a really depressing book.
Mass Appeal: I’m sure you have a kick-ass story about being discovered.
Diana Veras: To be honest, it all went pretty fast. I was hanging out with a friend of mine at the time when he got casted at the COACD agency. I had sent some pictures in myself to COACD and at my callback I ended up being casted for the Chloë Sevigny x Opening Ceremony.
MA: How has the city influenced not only your personal style, but also your outlook on the fashion world as a whole? Are we still the fashion capital of the world?
DV: I mean, of course, we are the fashion capital of the world, there is no doubt about it. There are just so many different types of people, characters, and styles in New York City, so it is very easy to be inspired.
MA: Though American Apparel is your most consistent gig, you’ve also modeled for Rookie and the aforementioned Chloë Sevingy for Opening Ceremony. What’s next?
DV: I just take whatever comes my way as long as I actually like and support the brand. I do have a couple surprises coming though, so be on the look out!
MA: Usually when people think of models, the words “materialistic,” “superficial,” and “Blue Steel” come to mind. How do you challenge that stereotype?
DV: I don’t really challenge it to be frank. There is a lot of that when it comes to modeling — it’s inescapable. You just have to remember where you come from, who you are, and not get caught up in the superficial glamour.
MA: If you had to describe your persona using only three words, what would they be?
DV: Annoying, effortless, witty.
MA: What’s the last book you read?
DV:The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, so depressing.
MA: You have over 50,000 followers on Instagram ranging from young girls to kids our age who really look up to you. What advice would you give them in following their goals and aspirations?
DV: The only thing I would tell them is: BE YOURSELF. LOVE YOURSELF.
MA: What are your views on the übersexualization of women modeling for American Apparel?
DV: It highlights unconventional beauty. I don’t think people realize that the models are completely comfortable when they pose for these ads. The difference between American Apparel and all these other companies is that they don’t portray an unrealistic standard of beauty. People don’t understand that: they just view it from the surface.
MA: If there was one thing you could change about the treatment of women in the fashion world, what would it be and why?
DV: I just feel like the industry fails to portray a realistic standard of what a real woman looks like, so if I could, I would definitely change that.
MA: Finish this sentence: The biggest misconceptions about models are ________.
DV: That there is only one type of model. There are so many different types of models out there, not just those you see rocking the runway.
MA: What does the future hold in store for you aside from modeling?
DV: I have no idea, only time can tell.