Her smile is flavoured with an extraordinary Aura! Dji, born at Thies, Senegal, of French nationality, past her childhood partly in Dakar, as well as in Paris and grew up in Italy
and the USA where she developed her 5 language skills. As internationally recognized supermodel she has an impressive list of Editorials and Covers as – Marie-Claire, Glamour, Vanity Fair, MAX, GQ, Vogue, Brigitte, Woman, You, The Mirror, La Repubblica, Metro, L’Officiel des 1000 modèles, Punkt, Shenka, Vogue. Equally, Dji performs from Paris to
New York, from Milan to Copenhagen, London to Vienna, from Cape Town to Berlin, in Asia and other fashion spots around the world for important designers like Hermès Christian Dior, Carven, Cavalli, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Diane von Furstenberg to name a few.
Please tell me about yourself and what you do?
I am Dji Dieng, born in Senegal, raised in Europe and the USA. Actually I am working successfully as model on all five continents for the best designers and hand-selected clients for product presentations and commercials.
What motivated you to do what you do?
It was a real hazard that I became a model, and the motivation was and still is the challenge to be at the heartbeat of the fashion business, discovering creative people and new cultures.
What are the positive and drawbacks of the industry you work in?
The positive aspect of my job is that I am able to transfuse my image for the benefit of humanitarian missions.
What is your highlight (s) of your career so far?
This questions I can’t reply as I had so many highlights in my career. But certainly some of the most important highlights are the awards I received for my social engagements as the Award for Humanity, the Leading Ladies Award and the United Nations Volunteer Award. And I am still to only Supermodel bestowed with these honors, and I will continue to assume my social responsibility.
Do you consider yourself a fashionista?
I am probably a Fashionista, but not addicted. I also wear simple and easy-going cloth where I feel comfortable in them. But of course I am addicted about shoes and hand-bags as any woman.
What are your favourite brands/outfit/style?
Favourite brands are many depending of what style and occasion I wear something. One of my favourite is certainly Alexander McQueen. He was gifted with inspiration and creativity. But there are also many others I love. The list would be endless from Haute-Couture to Prêt-à-Porter; I wear all.
Who are your fashion inspirations?
My fashion inspirations are the girls and women in the different countries I travel for my job. Each has its style and many things can be combined for your own style.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are certainly to continue for a few more years my modeling career and also my humanitarian assignments. And I continue also to expand my other activities which will become more important at the moment I will terminate my model career, reason I had founded my own company with my management some years ago.
Any advice to aspiring models who want to get into the modelling industry?
Oh, sure as confirmed supermodel I do have a lot of advises to aspiring models. The most
important is to be realistic even dreaming about to become model. Not everything what is shining is glamour. Being prudent but following the dream. To get a lot of discipline and making sacrifices in life, and to be at the right time at the right place.
Thank you so much for honouring this interview, I wish you all the best in your career.
Thank you for the interview opportunity and your wishes are most welcome.