Some of you know her as Maranda, some of you know her as Rando, or maybe you know her as DelAKAte Fource, but today we know her as Model and Actress, Delore’. Recently, Delore’ took over the Lipgloss and Champagne’s Instagram to give us a glimpse in the day of a model, including photoshoots, makeup, hair and an event that models go to. If you haven’t seen it, go check out our IG Highlight Story, ‘Takeover,’ here.
In this interview, we discuss her start in modeling, getting scammed, favorite modeling gigs and goals in modeling and acting!
For those who don’ know…who is De Lore’?
De Lore’ is actually my alternate persona, like Sasha Fierce or Badgalriri. I’ve always liked to perform, be on stage, or be in the spotlight. De Lore’ is a name I came up with based off my middle name Delores. I was named after my Grandma Dee Dee, who was my favorite person in the world. My earliest memories of self-confidence comes from the interactions and experiences I had with her. I was always infatuated with her nails, nose ring, how she applied her eyeliner and her mountains of heels. When I started on my own journey with modeling, I knew I had to put her in my foundation, or it wouldn’t feel right.
You were going to school for Criminal Justice, how did getting into acting and modeling come about?
I’ve actually always wanted to model and act. Criminal Justice was just my backup plan. I am the oldest of my 4 siblings so my parents pushed really hard for me to excel in school and go to college. I am a first generation college graduate, so I felt a certain obligatin to finish for my famiyl and to be a positive role model. I grew up mostly in Kansas, where there’s not much to do, and not many people make it in the entertainment industry. Since the industry is so saturated, I wanted to be able to have a degree to fall back on, JUST IN CASE, I have to end up making modeling more of a hobby. Hopefully, I never have to worry about that happening.
What do you love most about acting and modeling?
There’s actually two things I really love about acting and modeling. The first, is being able to bring concepts to lie My job as a model is to be a moldable canvas, which is why I love when I can help someone execute their vision. I also use a lot of my spare time to make mood boards, for different projects or concepts. Seeing your vision come to fruition is such a beautiful thing. So it’s even more satisfying to breathe life into my own ideas.
The second thing I love most, is being apart of a positive representation. I’ve always been a role model for different types o people, and I love being able to do it through my art. Whenever I am able to be apart of a project, that shows strength, beauty, and power in Black Women, I feel like I’m serving my purpose.
You recently to moved to Arizona. How has this shifted your modeling career compared to where you were?
Moving to Arizona has done wonders for my career. I used to live in a small college town, about 45 minutes away from Nashville, TN. I had to drive 1-2 hours just to be able to go to castings or runway shows. Coordinating events with the travel time and my work schedule was very difficult and limiting. There are so many more opportunities and creatives to collaborate with here in Phoenix, not to mention we’re super to close to California. I’m happy I finally made the decision to move to a bigger city.
What has been your favorite modeling gig so far? What did you like about it?
One of my favorite modeling gigs so far has been working on my “Melanated Queens” shoot, for my #QUEENing2019 photo series. I decided I wanted to do around a dozen shoots this year, dedicated to women of color that have inspired me. I wanted the first shoot to be an introduction to the series and an ode to all this melnain I was belessed with, as so many others have been. The team I worked with, (Mark Thompson, Evie Thompson, Zhone’ Lashay and Arionna Washington) was so amazing, helpful and creative. I wouldn’t have been able to execute this concept without them!
You’ve been through a modeling scam before, what advice would you give to other aspiring models to avoid them?
Wow, there’s so many pieces of advice I could give. Let’s go over the really important ones. First off, if someone is asking for an upfront fee for anything, it is going to be a scam 99% of the time. You must always DO YOUR RESEARCH and ASK QUESTIONS. After being scammed out of over $1,300, I am extremely cautious when I’m approached for work, or when I decide to reach out to others to collaborate. For example, if a photographer reaches out to me on Model Mayhem, I always ask them for a link to either their website or portfolio. If they cannot provide examples of their work, then that is a red flag. Dont be afraid to ask as many questions as you want, to make yourself feel comfortable. If that persons wants to work with you and are professional, they won’t mind answering any questions. An extra step that you can take, if you really are unsure, is to go to the photographer’s social media and contact other models they have worked with to get a review of their experience. There are so many more things I could say, but these are the most important.
Out of all the models right now, from someone well-known to someone who we may not know who is inspiring you the most right now and why?
As of lately, I have been pulling my inspiration from so many places. Some well known models are Leomie Anderson, Halima and Ebonee Davis. Leomie has created her own clothing line/platform that focuses on women empowerment. Halima is only 5 ft 5 in and broke a huge barrier by being the first model to wear a hijab. Ebonee was an America’s Next Top Model contestant, and consistently promotes self love and Black women loving our natural selves.
Of course I have a few gems I follow, that I don’t mind sharing. I absolutely love Sylver Honey, Astrid Lorenzo Widny Bazile, and Joia Talbott. Sylver and Astrid have some of the best aesthetics, and their posingshoots are always phenomenal. I first started following Widny after she did a shoot inspired by Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty collection, which I STAN for. She quickly got recognized, has done many fashion and beauty campaigns as well as, featured in several music videos. Joia is especially inspiring because she graduated from my college, and her career continues to bloom everyday. Not only does Joia model, she also is a businesswoman, writes children’s books, has her own boutique, and has some of the funniest captions!
Who do you want to work with? Photographer, stylist, models, brands/companies?
Okay, I don’t want to go on a rant because I have a whole wishlist of creatives I’ve been dying to work with. First off, I like HAVE to do something for Rihanna, it’s pretty much mandatory. I also am a die-hard advocate for Aunt Jackie’s hair products, so I would love to do a campaign or even ambassador for them. I have a list of my top five stylists and photographers, who I hope to work with in the future. Top 5 Stylists: Scot Louie, Law Roach, Selangie, Leah Abbott and Zerina Akers. Top 5 Photographers: Shamyiam, Ro.Lexx, Juan Veloz, Alissa Ashley and Polo Gibson.
Do you see yourself staying in Arizona or do you want to go to places like LA or NYC where there may be more opportunities for you to explore in modeling/acting?
I’m an army brat, so I really can’t stay still for long. I have always longed to live in LA, but the way my pockets are set up, Phoenix is where I will be for the moment. My goal is to get signed to an agency, that way I can get more paid gigs to fund a move to LA. I definitely want to stay on the west coast because I love the vibes and weather out here.
You’re short for a model, do you think that has hindered or will hinder you in the future?
At first I thought my height hindered my growth as a model, but I quickly realized it’s all about my mindset. Once I stopped thinking of my height as a negative, then it was like it was rarely brought up at all. Of course I’m not going to land every gig, and I might not be the right size to model certain garments. Designers like tall models because they get more room to create and get to utilize as much fabric as possible, so I get it. However, my talent and personality usually overrides anyone’s doubts/reservations regarding my height. I am good at photographing taller, it’s just harder to fake your height when on the runway. So in the future, no I don’t see my height hindering me at all, so long as I don’t internalize it as an issue myself.
What’s next for De Lore’ and what do you want the world to know? Where can people find you on social media?
I’m currently working on several different projects, so I have a ton of content coming. I will also be working on creating video content. I’m super analytical when it comes to any of my work that I put out, so I take as much time as I need to make it reach my standards. That way I don’t constatnly have any shoulda-woulda-coulda moments. I am determined to get signed by a major agency before the end of the summer, so fingers crossed!
I’ve been working on staying consistent with my social media, which has really helped me gain more of a following. My goal is to reach 5,000 followers by 2020. My Instagram is @officially.delore and you can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officially.delore. If you want to keep up with my concepts, find all of my discount codes, or view my portfolio and comp card, just visit officiallydelore.com.