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Mimi + Me: Diandra Forrest

Mimi + Me:  Diandra Forrest

Diandra Forrest

Model/Actress/Activist

Lives in the Bronx, NY

Diandra has been one of my favorite muses.  I first met her several years ago in South Africa, where she walked my show.  She's a great model, because she's a great person.  Everything about her stands out, in a good way, and she is able to get into character and flashback into herself in a matter of seconds.  It's not such an easy feat.  The thing is, she's not just a pretty face to look at, she knows physical beauty is just skin deep, and for longevity in this industry, there needs to be something more. 

Diandra is the first female model with albinism to be signed by a major modeling agency.  She's used her success to bring awareness and to inspire children with and without the condition.  Diandra has also spoken out about human trafficking and is a champion of those marginalized in society.

She spoke about her experiences in the Fashion world and in life in her Ted Talk.

Diandra is now a proud supermom, fighting the good fight, in New York City.

Diandra wears our silk victorian beaded cape and leather trapunto embroidered pant.

 

From April 9th through May 2018, get to know some beautiful and inspirational women as we launch and reveal the stunning portraits shot by photographer Emmanuel André for our new women's online platform for disruptive women of style, "Mimi + Me". 

Three years ago, we met photographer by night, Emmanuel André and immediately joined forces to create a series of photographs celebrating the Mimi Plange woman. 
Mimi + Me was born.
-We invited a group of amazing women to a photo studio in NYC, but did not tell them why
-We presented each of them our entire collection and let them choose which outfit they wanted to wear for their photoshoot
-We provided hair and makeup to compliment their look
-We asked them all a few fun questions

 

What is your favorite word?

Diandra:  Beautiful!

What is your least favorite word?

Diandra:  Ugly!

What’s your favorite curse word?

Diandra:  Bitch!

On what occasion do you lie?

Diandra:  I would lie to save a friend, but not in an extreme way

Which living person do you admire?

Diandra:  My mom; I love her, I’m her biggest fan. She’s just the best person ever; I love her…

What sound or noise do you love?

Diandra: I love hearing children playing in a school yard. I remember when I was in Paris and where I was staying was next to a school yard and every lunch time I would say: “Oh this so so cute… (laughter)

 Sound or noise that you hate?

Diandra:  The sound of a chalk board and the sound of a dog barking

If heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive at the gate?

Diandra:  Get in here girl… (Laughter)!!!

Thank you for sharing your beauty with us Diandra!
Get to know Diandra: @diandraforrest
A very special thank you to photographer Emmanuel André for a beautiful collaboration.
During the day, Emmanuel André is the Chief Talent Officer of Publicis Groupe.
Emmanuel was formerly President International of TBWA\Worldwide. 
He is a French citizen who started his career in advertising in 1993 and has worked in Paris, Hong Kong and New York where he now lives. 
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Thank you to our amazing team behind the scenes who helped bring our Photography Project to life:
Antoinette Price, Photography & Production Assistant
Aletia Gonzales, Fashion Stylist
Day Lauren, Assistant Fashion Stylist
Dina Calabro, Hair Stylist
Oluwayseye Olusa, Video Director
Tessa Conrad, Video Editor
Katherine Contreras-Osorio, Makeup Artist
Liz Oliver, Makeup Artist
Elena Pymm, Assistant Makeup Artist
Rahsaan Gandy, Set/Video MC
Shane Inman, Set/Studio Design
 Wence Chan, Hospitality & Wine
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