BEING IN AN INDUSTRY THAT IS SO DRIVEN BY WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE IT IS NERVE RACKING TO GO AGAINST THE GRAIN AND PRESENT TO PEOPLE WHAT IS NOT THE NORM IN COMMON SOCIETY, 21 YEAR OLD ALBINO MODEL DIANDRA FORREST HAS PROVEN TO HERSELF AND ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM THAT IT IS POSSIBLE, I CAUGHT UP WITH DIANDRA AND PRESENTED HER WITH A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU GUYS, DIANDRA IS SUCH AN AMAZING, LOVELY INSPIRATIONAL PERSON WITH A HEART OF PURE GOLD, IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH HER GOOGLE HER BABY OR JUST CHECK OUT KANYE WEST'S NEW VIDEO "POWER" ENJOY BREENY©
How did you get started with modelling, did you always want to model or was you scouted?
: Yeah I have always wanted to be a model since around the age of 14 but I've always been very dedicated to my schoolwork and didn't need any distractions,I was in my 1st yr of college when I was scouted by Shameer Khan. When he approached me while I was shopping on 34th st. in Manhattan I was excited but also sceptical.
When I saw yow on a few online editorials and I read about you in i-D magazine in which Shaun Ross was talking about you, I was like wow! This is different but I actually love it!, Do you think the fashion world is open to "difference" or are they very closed minded?
: I personally think that this fashion world is moving cautiously toward being open minded to unique looks. Especially in a time of a recession, I think some designers would rather play it safe...
Shaun Ross is another albino model, Is it nice to have company and how is your friendship?
: Shaun Ross is very sweet and outgoing! I love him to death. We've shot together and hung out a couple of times and I can honestly say when we are together ALL EYES ARE ON US!
How was it growing up being an albino, did you ever feel like you never fitted in at school or was it totally opposite?
: Growing up with albinism was rough at times but I was blessed with a very supportive family and also a younger brother who has albinism so at least I knew that I was not alone. My mom was very encouraging and reminded us daily that we are no different than anyone else. We may have gotten teased for being a little lighter than some but the people, who are darker, taller, shorter, thicker and slimmer get teased also so its just all ignorance!
What does it mean for you being an albino in this industry? I feel
that it has opened the gate broad and wide for diversity, for difference and for creativity, I feel that it gives other albinos a lot of hope, sorry I'm asking and answering the question (laughs) go ahead...
: (She laughs) well I couldn't have put it better myself !I can't express to you how good I feel so good when I get Facebook messages from people telling me that I have helped them of their children with their low confidence and that they look up to me. I'm just so glad to hopefully be able to change the views of what’s "beautiful."
What advice would you give to girls or guys wanting to start Modelling that may feel they don't fit the perfect Modelling "criteria"?
: For anyone who wants to make it in this industry my advice would be to have good encouraging people in you circle and don’t give up. Its not always easy but the best things in life never come easy.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to me and I wish you more than the best
: No Thank You,Your very welcome it was lovely speaking with you.