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Rough Elegance - Photo session and interview with Dionte

These are shots from a recent photo session with Dionte (@tom__4it), an awesome model from Detroit, MI. His confidence and edginess shined bright through his posing style and personal fashion, even on a set designed to be dark. 

All clothing in this set are from his personal collection. All jewelry are handmade designs by Citrine Tangerine and I. Some of the Jewelry can be found in HelioVista or Citrine's Store.

 

Check out this interview to learn a bit more about Dionte.

 

How long have you been modeling and what made you want to get into it?

For 7 years off and on. A photographer reached out to me in instagram and i said why not.

 

What's your favorite kind of modeling? Is there any kind you wish to try?

I love being naked. There’s an art and a story to the body and I feel like it needs to be told. I wanna be an underwear model or known for my fearless nudest expressions.

 

Do you have any advice for new models or people interested in giving modeling a try?

Fall in love with everything you hate about yourself and don’t be afraid to get out here.

 

What do you do for a living other than modeling, or is modeling your full time gig?

I’m a full time manager at Windsor and I also coach little league cheer leading.

 

Do you pose nude? Were you always open to posing nude? What made you want to pose nude?

The first time I posed nude was like second nature. I’ve always been comfortable with my body so it wasn’t hard to feel free and comfortable in front of the camera.

 

Are you treated differently by family and old friends because of your public image? Do people assume things about you because of the kind of work you do?

Oh yeah definitely, all the time.

 

What are some of your favorite things to do?

Modeling cheering and dancing.

 

Would you say that modeling helped you gain confidence and self esteem?

Modeling has definitely helped me gain confidence and self esteem. You see yourself in different lights or ways other people do or don’t. When your stuck with someone forever you find things to love or like about them, It’s the same thing. I hated my gap but I love it now. I’ve been thinking about closing it but I can’t see myself without.

 

What's your favorite thing about yourself?

My eyes 👀

 

What did you think about our session?

I love it, it was definitely a connection. I feel like it wasn’t forced and the magic made it self. Can’t wait to the next one!

 

Have you ever done live figure modeling for a class or a workshop? Does it feel different from posing privately with a photographer?

No I haven’t but I might 🤔🤔

 

Where's your happy place?

My concessions.