ONE GIRL'S ADVENTURES IN FASHION, FOOD, BEAUTY and BEYOND
Carrie: Thank you so much for doing this interview, Diandra! After our talk at dinner, I knew that you would have some incredible wisdom to offer to my blog’s readers.
Diandra: Of course!
Carrie: But before we get into that, I have a few questions about you. How would you describe your own personal style?
Diandra: My personal style is classic and sexy. I love tailored, bodycon silhouettes that highlight my figure. I'm petite yet curvy, so I tend to stay away from anything too billowy. I will incorporate trendy pieces, but for the most part, I stick to the classics that work for me and for my body. Victoria Beckham, Carine Roitfeld, Kim Kardashian, and Karla Deras are my style icons.
Carrie: It seems like you definitely have great taste in style. What is a current style staple piece or trend that you think people should embrace?
Diandra: My current staple piece is a heeled thigh high boot. They go with everything and they keep my legs warm now that it’s freezing! I have ones with a block heel that are super comfortable and dress up any outfit. They are a must! As far as trends go, I'm loving that athletic wear is acceptable to wear outside of the gym. I've always been the girl who travels and spends weekends in athletic wear, so the fact that this trend has made a comeback makes me very happy. It’s also an easy way to be comfortable but still look put together.
Carrie: I totally agree. The whole “beauty hurts” thing is kind of dated. Comfortability is key. Besides that message, what else are you trying to convey through your platform?
Diandra: The most important messages to me are inclusivity, positivity, and the importance of giving back. I love the industry I work in but it’s an industry that values hierarchy, pedigree, and exclusivity. I've had all of those things used against me, so I hope to encourage young people to go forth in their aspirations despite any negative connotations brought about by an outdated style of thinking. I also try to exude positive energy in all that I do. I'm a strong believer in putting the energy into your work, your relationships, and your life that you want to receive in return. Life is too short to do anything other than find the good in all you do, and also see the good in people! Finally, giving back is probably the most important message. I go into everything I do with the intention to share the wealth, knowledge, or lesson with the people around me. Whether it’s mentoring other girls, giving time to my non-profits, or just taking the time to listen to someone in need, I try to do my part in empowering others! If I can help one person, then I've done my job.
Carrie: Your mentoring has surely helped and empowered me. Wow, this talk got really deep really fast. I’m going to reel it back in a little and ask you what you see in the future of fashion and beauty.
Diandra: I see the industry becoming more diverse. There is still so much work to be done, but I feel like there are influencers and tastemakers using their platforms as a way to change standards and status quos. I love witnessing the change and I hope to contribute to it.
Carrie: 100% with you on that. People these days are not just promoting products on their platforms but emphasizing the importance of giving back in the world. Although, I do love a good beauty product review...what’s your #1 recommendation when it comes to beauty?
Diandra: My number one beauty suggestion will always be sunscreen! I'm diligent about applying it, and even if I'm not going to be in the sun or even outdoors, I still wear sunscreen! That and a good lipstick--in a pinch you can use it as blush and eyeshadow. My Mamma taught me that one.
Carrie: Mamma knows best! Now, as we wrap up this interview, are there any future plans you can inform us of?
Diandra: Lots of future plans. More TV for sure. I have a huge project in the pipelines that I'm thrilled about. It's going to be a game changer and I can't wait for people to see it! I'm launching a lifestyle website, taking my YouTube channel to the next level, working on meaningful projects with my non-profits, accumulating more brand ambassadorships, and making the Diandra Barnwell brand a household name. Just to name a few!
Carrie: It looks like Diandra Barnwell will taking over the world pretty soon! Thanks again for taking the time to talk to me! I learned a lot and I’m sure that your words will continually inspire teenagers like me.
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