Now living her dream and already rumoured to be the next Daria (another Elmer Olsen discovery), Dajana seems destined for superstardom. She made her modeling debut just one month later at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week and she’s already walked mini-runways for Valentino and Oscar de la Renta at Holt Renfrew. And now with a new season of shows already underway in Toronto, this busy rising star took time out between runways and fittings to tackle our Model DNA questionnaire and give us a glimpse into her new life as a top model.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
When you enjoy everything you do in life.
What do you consider your worst trait?
Waking up in the morning.
If you could choose an occupation other than your own what would it be?
A lawyer. I saw the movie, “7 Angry Men” in philosophy class and I thought how interesting it would be to solve cases and help people.
Best moment of your modeling career so far?
I will never forget my first time in New York. Seeing all the lights, huge posters and the Statue of Liberty — I felt like I was in the movies!
Designer you would love to walk for?
The late Alexander McQueen. His shows were always so amazing. Not only was he a great designer, he was an amazing artist.
Daria Werbowy. She has the most amazing walk I’ve ever seen.
How do you approach your runway walk?
I think of the runway as my spotlight so I’m always excited to do shows. After we change and line up backstage, that’s when I start to feel butterflies. I just review my walk, my posture and my expression in my head so as soon as I step out, I’m ready.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your most treasured possession?
My silver Balenciaga heels.
Latest/favourite beauty discovery?
Lately I’ve been using L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara—it makes my lashes look incredibly thin and long. And I love MAC cleansers and foundations.
Fashion trend you wish would disappear?
None. Every trend has its own beauty and art.
How would you describe your personal style?
Very laid-back and feminine. One of my favourite outfits is my Alexander McQueen lace tights, short black skirt, a plain black long-sleeve shirt, and my Burberry jacket. And of course, my silver Balenciaga shoes! I used to dress “Gina” but those days are gone now that I’m in the fashion industry. Now it’s designer clothing.
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I just got a black fur dress-vest by Steve Madden. It comes to just above the knee—I love it!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What’s the biggest lesson you learned this past year?
To have faith in yourself and not let others brainwash you into thinking you can’t do something.
Describe your perfect Sunday?
Waking up at 3:00pm, blasting some music and making my favourite food for dinner.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your Twitter policy?
I’m not on Twitter but I think it’s a great way of keeping updated.
What will you do when you retire?
Become Elmer Olsen’s lawyer.
Finish this sentence:
“People think I’m overweening but I’m really just confident.”
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