New Model in the Spotlight at NYFW
Close your eyes and think back to when you were a young kid. What was your dream job? And what were you willing to do so that you could achieve it? Okay, maybe sitting in kindergarten as the teacher asks what you want to be when you get older, you say some high expectation but do not think anything more of it. Many want to be doctors, or professional baseball players, and even stars on the big screen. Then sadly one day as we get older and wiser (some more than others) we start to realize maybe that dream job we once had is way out of reach. Sometimes we feel that the work we need to put in to achieve that dream is far too high to what we feel we are capable of doing. Or maybe some of us are scared to try and fail.
In life, nothing is going to come easy, and many are willing to work harder than others to get to where they want to be. We need to be willing to put ourselves out there, and that is exactly what new model Dara did at New York Fashion Week. For many sitting in the crowd seeing models walk down big name designer runways, the thought is that they have big names or have been working in the business for some time to earn their spot in these big shows. But for this new up and coming model, she stepped out on the scene without having ever signed a single contract in her life. And she sure knew how to steal the show.
This rookie model came out making strong first impressions at her first ever show for Marc Jacobs. Never having done anything so big before in her life and being unsigned, this was a huge leap. All the credit for this big moment has to go all to Dara. She has made sure over the past couple years that she learned everything she needed to know about the fashion processes by watching documentaries and learning all the development that goes on behind the scenes. She at first wanted to be a fashion writer, but then learning more about the industry she discovered her love for the visual and styling aspect of it all.
Once realizing her true passion, Dara started building her own visual and modeling portfolio with help of friends and later made an appearance in Candy Magazine. This is where Jacob first saw her and began realizes the potential she could have. Dara has a style that could be seen has one that reflected someone of the early 80’s, and gave off an Amy Winehouse vibe. She was honored to not only be discovered by Jacobs and asked to walk in the show but to also be featured as one of the non-gender conforming models alongside four others who were walking with her.
She was proud to have been able to do this and send such a powerful message to so many people in society. Dara was able to show so many individuals that it does not matter who you are or where you come from, but that hard work and dedication for what you love can have a strong payoff in the end. And for her always being so committed to what she loved, she was able to be given so many great opportunities.
As Dara grows in her career, she hopes to continue to do both modeling and styling. Visual design and seeing pieces come together was her first overall love, but now she has found the love of being able to wear the clothes and show the visual herself.