Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Davis.
Danielle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
When I was 17, a local St. Louis photographer reached out to me and said they’d never met anyone like me before and would like to give me a space to create.
Previously in life, it’d been brought up that I should get into modeling. But with losing my hair at the age of 9, there were a lot of insecurities from inner and outer sources that I needed to gain control over and get through. I would reach self-love at the age of 17 when I knew who I was and was ready for the world to embrace my existence.
From here on out, I started freelancing in St. Louis for the next two years. In 2020, I signed with 10MGMT in Chicago where I’ve been starting the next steps on the journey. This year while in Los Angeles for a music video series I am a part of with NGHTMRE, I also got signed with the Other Peoples Children agency.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Personally, I don’t believe anything can be a smooth road unless everything has been handed to someone with no personal work involved. My journey has been kind to me, but there are struggles to every story.
I remember working with a local artist on work that was not talent-released (before I knew ‘industry terms’) and months later, was tagged in someone’s SoundCloud album cover. The photographer never reached out and sold an image of my face with no consent whatsoever.
This thought taught me a valuable lesson; to never be walked on again.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a professional model in every aspect.
I’m not just the really pretty bald girl that takes beauty shots, but I also act in music videos, I’m an activist for individuality, but also see the common ground that all humans are very alike as much as we don’t like to think so. But most of all, no matter what, people will always say, “You’re @midwestdani, right?”
One of the proudest moments of my career so far are two instances; the first one is ‘Undertones’ which was directed and photographed by Steven Piper. It showcases 10 unique individuals based in Chicago (work and personal residency) expressing why authentic representation is crucial for the industry we are a part of.
The second one is my music video series with NGHTMRE. Working on set with the crew and really getting to follow this beautiful storyline has made me grow in my career a ton. It’s made me want to pursue more within this field and to keep breaking barriers for myself as well as others.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory is definitely the moment in middle school a friend of mine was getting made fun of for spilling milk on their white pants and I asked them if they would feel better if I were to take my wig off so they wanted to make fun of them, then they’d also have to pick on me. The harassment stopped.
At the age of 12, 3 years after losing my hair. I took off my wig for the first time since the bullying started to happen after the massive hair loss that would turn chronic later on.
And people saw me for the first time for who I really was, not how I was perceived.
- Website: https://linktr.ee/midwestdani
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/midwestdani/
- Other: https://www.10mgmt.com/divisions/models-new-faces/portfolios/danielle-davis
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