Let me introduce to you a fascinating dynamic model with a fierce style all her own, Diconay Boa.
Her love for fashion and creativity shows in every aspect of her Second Life, whether modelling or designing. Her go getter attitude and hard work combined with immaculate fashion styling has rapidly move her in the big league. She is Evane Agency’s and SW&MB Production’s Fashion Director and is represented by a lot of top modelling agencies like Evane Top Model, SW&MB Productions Model, BeStyle Top Model, SuperElite Model, ModelX Top Model and EIMA Top Model!
Let’s get to know Diconay Boa.
Q. Please tell us about yourself how you ventured into the modeling industry.
DB: Well, that’s simple, but this answer has a story, so it will come on a long way! I am connected to fashion since I was little. In the very beginning I always loved to mix and match different kind of clothes, and styles, creating something new and totally ‘me’, so I think I am very conscious about fashion world, not even on SL but on RL as well! Then I started modeling in my Real Life till I was 20 almost! I stopped modeling cause of an accident I had while I was practicing sky. I had surgery to my left knee and after recovering I decided to graduate on Design. Life is made of choices, and I felt Design was my way, so I stopped modeling, and became a Designer, proudly graduated last year! Well, all I can say is that I felt a bit empty after I leave the fashion world, so Second Life has been my escape for what I didn’t became on real life! My modeling carreer in SL came to finish with the emptiness I felt… so I think on it as a continuation on the Fashion Industry.
Runway, photography and all that fashion brings, are my home! I truly don’t see myself doing another thing than this! That’s really my passion!
Q. Please tell us about some of your accomplishments within the modeling industry and describe what would be one of the most defining moments of your modeling career.
DB: Dicconay Boa isn’t famous and don’t seek fame! If Diconay Boa wants to be recognized for something, it would be for her work! I can say that the moments that defined a lot my modeling career were definitely the Pre-Finals for Miss Virtual World 2010… I didn’t made the finals, but it was a sensation I can’t describe! Then I think it was Mimmi Boa invitation to work on Evane as Fashion Director, it was a total honor to be selected by Mimmi to work on one of the best agencies I know on Second Life, and see how Mims trust in me for this role on Evane. Means a lot to me!
Slowly I am conquering the best agencies of Second Life, and that’s truly regarding and a great privilege, like being Evane Top Model & Fashion Director, BeStyle Top Model, SuperElite Model, ModelX Top Model, SW&MB Productions Model & Fashion Director, and EIMA Top Model!
Being designer was quite an accomplishments for me as well 🙂 I started with lingerie, cause every woman loves lingerie, and its one of the my greatest passions, with shoes and other acessories, I can be crazy with them! For now Body Study [my brand] is in stand-by, but will be back soon and better!
Even more proud of my accomplishments I am when we talk about Haiti! I am proud of being one of the pioneers of this idea and one of the execuatives with Leandra Breen, Mimmi Boa and Salvo Waydelich. This tragedy came, and this is the best we can do to help them. Second Life isnt just a way to have fun, but having fun helping same time. This campaign means a lot to me, and I love to help others.
Its very very very regarding too when someone approach me saying I am inspiring to them as well, that not really and achievement I made, but in the end, we had to make something for this to happen so, I feel very proud of myself when someone says I am very inspiring to them, I really feel special 🙂
Q: You have certainly established yourself well within the modeling industry. Please tell us what you believe are the essential elements to being a successful model. Do you have any advice for aspiring models?
DB: Well, for a start and I think the most important thing above all, is strength, resistance to a ‘no’! All my SL I saw myself fighting some hard situations, and we need to have a lot of strength to achieve the goal we put into our minds. A model has to be faith and trust her/him, and have a lot of determination. I am here, and I never quit!
I was taught that being unique is essential as a model. As well as the style sense… SL is HUGE place, but small same time. Everyone can have your skin or mine. You can have the best skin on second life and the perfect shape, but all of this can be forgotten when you dress bad. Coco Channel said ‘Dress bad and appears a bad dress. Dress amazing and appears a woman’, and this one is my motto! Know the trends helps a lot, be updated, have the knowledge about new releases… all this is very important!
Being reliable is extremely important in the Fashion Industry. A model that fails commitments isn’t welcome in this world, let’s face it! Character, education, elegance, attitude, personality… these are adjectives for models have to consider having to be successful.
The capability of promote herself/himself! The best way to show your resume is yourself personally… you are the best PR that you can ever have!
Be humble. Don’t ‘wear’ a Diva attitude; people will lose respect for you if you use that!
Never reply to envy situations, or rumors, that only will give them reason to talk more about you! In these situations, better keep mouth shut, this people don’t have nothing better to do, so they spread all things about the others, so the best attitude and the way to act, is not acting at all!
Last but not least, be yourself and don’t change ever cause of a big winning, or cause you aren’t accepted on a casting or lost an important pageant or contest! Stay faithful to yourself.
I could be here hours… jeez!
Q. What do you like and dislike about modeling?
DB:I like everything about modeling. Everything!
Runway is my home, I just love shows. I love the photography world as well, I do my own pictures sometimes, and I get a lot of pleasure making them! The contact with designers, and trying to find the best way possible to represent them, the visit stores and see how many choices we have to create something truly unique and outstanding, the experience sharing, helping upcoming models, everything! Fashion world is my world, and I was designed for it, exclusively!
Q. Finally, please tell us what motivates you to be a model. Who inspires you the most and what is your inspiration?
DB. God, I could be hours answering this question, but I can make it a bit resumed… Of course all models have such inspiring people and references, and I have to say I admire a lot Mimmi and Kay. This women are true icons.
I appreciate them a lot, but I have to say, that my main inspiration has been myself. I want to turn myself better every day by my own merit, be recognized cause of being ME! I dress depending on my mood, depending of the style I want to wear, on how the day was for me… I can be inspired by my own creativity, and for just being… me! What better inspiration can I ask?!
Q. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
DB. Jeez… already answered all questions?
Well I said this one time and I will say once more, cause it’s what I truly feel, so: Thank you all those friends I have that trust me and accept myself as I am: Genuine! And thanks most of all to those that envy me, cause I am stronger than ever and for helping me being proud of the person I became!
I want to thank you as well to RicoRacer Flux & Mikey Batriani for this amazing interview! I am really honored to be featured on CONFESSIONS OF A SECOND LIFE TOP MODEL blog. Total pleasure!
Special thanks to Diconay Boa for sharing her experiences and modeling tips with us. Best wishes to all her future endeavors. =) Please submit your comments below.
* takes a deep breathe* I must admit reading this it was like a fresh air for me, everything went directly to my heart. Dico has been one of my first instuctors at MPI, she maybe dont remember me because of so many students there but i cant ever forget her and her professionalism. She made a blueprint on my modeling career like when you go to your first grade in school and the teacher shows you how to write. Is magic!! She opened to me a door towards being a model and as well a better person…no words can describe what i feel and no acts will payback what she has taught me. She is genuine, original and true heart. ….and no she is not a friend of mine or even in my friends list if somebody would think of this:D; i only have few more words…Thank you Dico( is the way she wanted us to call her ), for everything!
You rock Diconay 🙂 !
It was a pleasure 🙂
Best regards to all!