We at Versatility Beauty&Fashion are honoured having the beautiful Dutch-Surinamese model Dieudonnée Comvalius from the Netherlands, being a part of the Be the change you want to see campaign. Through this campaign Dieudonnée shares her journey of evolving as a model and her purpose of being influential in the fashion and modelling industry by embracing her natural body in the hopes to encourage women of (all sizes) to embrace theirs just the way they are.
Tell us who you are?
My name is Dieudonnee Comvalius, I’m 23 years old living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Tell us about your profession?
Since 1 year I’m a curvy model. I wear a size 40-42 and hard working to get to the top. I used to do small sized modelling but rolled into the curvy modelling industry last year since my body is not made to fit a size 32/34. I have a lot of curves naturally and found a way to accept these and do what I love at the same time.
Through the campaign “Be the change you want to see” Versatility Beauty&Fashion wants to represent women who have found their purpose of being influential on the areas they want to make a change. Please share what you believe is your purpose and how you can you make an impact of the area you would like to make a difference?
For a while I have been contemplating on what my purpose on social media really is. I don’t have one particular subject on my instagram feed, I don’t post about one particular thing, mainly about the pictures that I like. Recently I have tried to post more about body positivity since this is my new work field. I notice a lot of people, even myself, still struggle with the fakeness on Social Media. I recently found out that more people than I thought actually use facetune or other photoshopping apps to edit their photo’s before posting them on Instagram (I did it once and mentioned me using facetune in the picture on my story to show people the difference). I decided to show people what I look like underneath my skin and asked a friend, who is also a phenomenal writer, to write a poem concerning the lack of body positivity given by males and females towards one another. I got a lot of positive responses from girls who felt less insecure because of that post and thought hey, this is the area in which I would like to make a change. I just hope that in the future girls and boys will feel comfortable in any type of skin and body. It would make me so happy!
Versatility Beauty&Fashion is for healthy and balanced lifestyle and through the Healthy Movement campaign our aspiration is to inspire our readers that there are versatile ways to achieve a balanced healthy life.
How do you find balance in your daily life and what do you do to maintain:
If I have to be fair, I have let my body down on health lately. Ate a lot of bad things and didn’t do much about staying fit. I notice that this effects my mind and soul immediately. An unhealthy body is an unhealthy mind and working out is a natural way of making endorfine in your body – the happiness gene. To balance this out I try to walk to a lot of places instead of taking the car. I also try to cook myself as much as possible and only buy healthy things in the supermarket (so the bad things can’t seduce me, haha!). Make no mistake, being a curvy model doesn’t mean I don’t have to watch what I eat. Health is very important and I always make sure to eat my fruit and veggies.
When my body feels healthy, my mind automatically participates. Other than that I try to reduce the time I spend on my phone as much as possible.
I read a lot of books about spirituality that feed my soul. I love reading and talking about spirituality and how to achieve my goals. This really keeps me motivated and positive and gives me the extra push that we all need sometimes.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
You are perfect the way you are. As long as you live healthy and take care of your body, it doesn’t matter what size you wear. Be you!
Did you relate to Dieudonnee story? Kindly share your thoughts on the comment field below. Also feel free to be a part of “Be the Change You Want to See” campaign by sharing your story and how you can make an impact of the change you want to see.
Interview: by Versatility Beauty&Fashion
Images: by Dieudonnee Comvalius