Hi, my nameâs Diana
We hang out in NYC with model and self-love queen, Diana Veras.
With over 280k followers on social media and a rapidly growing modelling career, weâve been fans of 20-year-old Diana Verasâ for a while now. Her views on body positivity and self-love are completely infectious and are helping to change the industry (slowly but surely) for the better.
We spent a day getting to know Diana in her hometown of New York, grilling her on how she spends lazy Sunday mornings and the cityâs best hidden gems, to hot topics like social media and diversity within the modelling industry. This girl has big, billboard-sized dreams for the future, and we canât help but think sheâs on track to achieve them.
Whatâs your favourite place to hang out in the city?
I like my neighborhood (Washington Heights). I like sitting on a stoop and not letting people bother me. Summer is my favourite time in New York, âcos you can just hang out outside and chill.
Where would we find you on a Friday night in NYC?
Iâm probably at a party, or a show. Or at home watching Gilmore Girls. Those three things - thereâs never anything in-between.
And on a Sunday morning?
At a boys house? Not just any boys house! But probably thereâ¦thatâs where youâd find me!
What do you think is New Yorkâs best kept secret?
Uptown is a hidden gem - so many good restaurants and nobodyâs in a rush to get around. And the Bronx too. The Bronx is amazing.
Do you think the cityâs changed over the last couple of years?
Yes - so gentrified. Everything that was âthe hoodâ before just isnât now. Thereâs not much you can do, but adapt and make sense of it though.
How do you think Instagram has changed the modeling industry?
5 or 10 years ago you couldnât really see anybody. Then the era of the MySpace girls happened, and then Tumblrâ¦thatâs how I started modeling! Instagram and the internet has just changed the industry completely. You canât censor us out or ignore us now. Itâs just about whoâs brave enough to put that representation out there and break âthe rulesâ in the fashion industry. To just be like f*** it, hereâs a girl who doesnât look like everybody else.
Do you think it going to keep on changing for the better?
It absolutely has to. Right now itâs so obvious if you have no diversity. Diversity is such a âtrendâ at the moment, even though it should go without saying that real people should always be represented and seen. But it means that now itâs so noticeable if thereâs a campaign and you donât see a person of colour, or a plus girl for example. I feel like it shows a lack of imagination to do the same thing all the time, its boring and uninspiring. With diversity will come more ideas, because thereâs more experimentation.
What would your dream job be?
My dream job right nowâ¦Calvin Klein. That goal is in my brain. Iâm gonna get it at some point in my life, thatâs my dream job. I want to be in Soho on a f***ing billboard! Thereâs no way Iâm not gonna do that.
Do you feel any pressure to be a role model to your followers?
I donât feel pressure, because Iâm just being myself. Iâm not actively trying to be anyoneâs role model, but if thatâs what you take me as and that empowers you then that makes me feel good â itâs important to me to be conscious of things like that.
Who inspires you?
My mom. And Rihannaâ¦sheâs my mom too.
What would be your life motto or words of wisdom?
Be in love with yourself. Itâs so important to just fall in love with yourself, even the ugliest parts. Not just physically but emotionally. Go through things and let yourself feel things. The internet can make everyone feel disconnected and emotionally detachedâ¦ but loving yourself and being obsessed with yourself is OK, and loving people is OK! Just love! Lifeâs too short to try and repress an emotionâ¦ I donât know, Iâm just emotional I guess!