I think black models should have the same chance as white models without any type of question or hesitation.
Who is Deja Smith?
I , Deja Janea am a believer, hard worker and expressive lover. I’m a model/actress and one day hope to tell my story and inspire younger girls and help them love their self and get through things I thought I couldn’t. From my perspective I’m a sweet, bubbly/goofy woman. I love making people laugh, think, and feel good about who they are. Grounded and well brought up, youngest child of 3. I have experienced and accomplished so many amazing things that I am proud of in my life so far, for example I was flight commander in ROTC, I received an evening gown award in the Miss Delaware beauty pageant and I’m currently following my dreams and recently got signed to two agencies this summer. If I could describe myself in three words they’d be, driven, fashionable and spontaneous.
How would you describe your inner beauty?
(laughs) this metaphor is going to be funny but honest. My inner beauty is like the sour patch kids commercial. Nice to me, I’m sweet to you. Mean to me, I’m sour to you. I’m not petty nor do I play tit for tat but I treat others the way they treat me, for the most part in a respectful way but my point is I’m not one to be pushed over. The big picture, I’m an extremely kind heart person but if it wasn’t for me NOT allowing to be stepped on, people would easily take advantage of me. I’m not a materialistic type of girl. I rather go hiking than clubbing and I’d rather buy clothes for people in need than myself.
What do you love about your beauty?
First and foremost what I love about my beauty is, I’m a combination of my mom and dad. Two people that once loved each other so deeply they decided to create a life together (sounds soft I know lol). Specifically I love that I have one dimple, not two lol, one. Most importantly I’m infatuated with the transition from hating certain parts of my body that I now love. The love for my beauty goes way deeper than “I love that I’m beautiful” because I believe everyone is beautiful *honestly, truly* So I love the small parts of myself, like my sharp shoulders, collar bone and high cheek bones.
Every girls dream is to become famous in entertainment industry. As we all know in the modelling and fashion world is a very hard industry and is not as glamorous as it may seem to be. Four years ago, the documentary called “The Color of Beauty” about an African Canadian model named Renee who’s struggling through New York’s top agencies in the hopes to be a part of New York Fashion Week 2008. Furthermore, in the documentary a model agent uttered that if they ever hire a black model she has to look like a white girl dipped in chocolate. What are your thoughts about the mentality they have in the fashion industry? Have you ever experienced the same kind of bad treatment as Renee?
Luckily and hopefully I haven’t experienced that kind of treatment. I watched the documentary and was pretty shocked that he openly said something like that, like it was something for everyone to laugh at. I don’t agree with that and their views when it comes to black models because they KILL IT! Not that white models don’t, but I think black models should have the same chance as white models without any type of question or hesitation. They work just as hard, are just as beautiful and are perfectly fit. I guess it’s something that we may not ever understand but don’t have to accept. I hope it doesn’t discourage any black model to pursue her career and prove all of those who think that way, wrong.
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
What I love most about my hair is, not all curls are the same. Some times I may have super tight curls and then loose curls in the same day. I also love how versatile my hair can be. It gives me countless amount of options, like slick back bun or high messy bun. So I’m not just stuck with a big curly fro, even though I love it but I have options to look like a different person depending on my mood lol.
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
3 things I’d recommend are oil the scalp, stick with products that work and get ends clipped when they look like its time to go.
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
3 things I wouldn’t recommend are drying your hair with a towel (use 100% cotton), straightening too often and using too many products at once.
In 2011 Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I do agree with Felicia Leatherwood. It may be a trend for some because they see their friends doing it so they try it out and may not like it so they go back to straightening or what have you. For the most part, I do feel like natural hair is a movement. Since I became completely natural, I have seen more natural hair pages, natural hair events, seminars and even celebrities such as Alicia Keys becoming natural. I think it’s a beautiful thing, especially for younger girls growing up to witness that being your natural self is not something to be ashamed of or hide.
2013 was the year when the ideal of a woman body strong is the new skinny. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can ever give to your body and soul. But some women are taking it to the extreme and most women (and unfortunately teen age girls) are inspired to use a work out method, which is to manipulate or enhance the body to become hourly-shaped that many celebrities are promoting on social media instagram such as Amber Rose, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian West and her sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashion. What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of a womans body?
My attitude towards “today’s” idea of a woman’s body is, it’s going to go out of style. In a few years (maybe less) being natural or skinny is going to be the new “trend”. I’ve learned to stay out of that though because me, being a skinny young woman, seeing societies standard that thick is more beautiful used to hurt because I wasn’t born with a big butt or thick thighs. Seeing all of these pictures of thick women and wondering “what’s wrong with me” or “why can’t I look like that” nearly destroyed my confidence. Then I came to realization that most of them PAID to look like that or put in years of work in the gym and I have the options to do one of those two or just accept and love myself. So I learned to accept my skinny, fit, healthy body plus I’m holding on to the hope that my “grown woman weight” will hit around my late 20’s lol.
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
I don’t workout as often as I’d like but for the most part I will go about a month or two of being super consistent and then fall off but I still eat relatively good and stay active. I think everyone should work out at least 3 times a week. It doesn’t have to be in the gym but something active that’ll make you sweat like dancing, hiking or cleaning lol. Being active is a key to happiness and keeps your mind from being clouded. If working out isn’t someones thing I’d recommend they start slow but most importantly change to a healthier diet. They’ll notice they feel better and have more energy after being consistent.
The Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion is a campaign where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2016. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve
• Healthier body
• Healthier hair
• Healthier soul (inner beauty)
this year of 2016?
My goals to achieve healthier body, hair and soul are to get much closer to God and allow Him to lead me towards the methods to take better care of myself. Work out more and spend more time getting to know myself by writing, spending time alone and helping others.
In which social media can one find you?
You can find me on instagram @DejaJanea_
Interview by: Versatility Beauty&Fashion