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Daily Inspiration: Meet Dionna Renee Hundley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dionna Renee Hundley.

Hi Dionna Renee, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My journey started in high school; when an anonymous person referred me to Barbizon. Once I graduated; I was in a new stage of my life. The stage of understanding confidence and incorporating my strengths to follow my dreams. Having hope and not looking back is how I became the model today. In many ways, I showed a variety of my talents to many people; which led me to networking with people that have a passion in being successful. A fun fact about me is that when I was a child; I had a dream that I never thought I had. One day I decided to go down memory lane, and came across my class first grade’s career book. Each student had to draw what they wanted their career to be; and surprisingly mine was to be a model. Growing up was tough but I continue to model for myself and for my students. I remembered how hard it was to fit in because I felt people didn’t care to understand my creativity. I used my art including acting, singing, writing poetry, and drawing to help maintain healthy emotions. Being a role model means a lot to me because I remember being alone.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Believe it or not; I had many struggles that at times I wasn’t prepared for. My biggest struggle I had is my condition; epilepsy (seizures). I had seizures since I was in middle school. Unfortunately, unlike others, my seizures are caused by my emotions. There were times when I experienced racism in my modeling journey. I was heartbroken to hear the saying ” models are just coat hangers for clothes” because I felt like I was replaying my trauma. Not only was I judged in my past; I felt the same in the present. The old me would protect my emotions. To do so; I used my words and attitude as a weapon. This did nothing but make things worse. I started to block my blessings with my ego. Eventually, I understood in my adult life that people only make the right decisions based on their experiences. People think that once you are recognized and bringing income that life gets easier but at times, things got harder. Sometimes people forget that I’m human and sometimes I would to. Another struggle is when I started my mentoring program for all grades and covid hit. I prepared a fashion show with young entrepreneurs but I wasn’t able to showcase it that way.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Outside of the entertainment and fashion industry; I work with children. We may come across that phase where we want to make our parents proud by only making choices they want us to make. Both parents are educators and because I wasn’t ready for college; I decided to do what makes my parents happy. One of the biggest things I’m proud of is participating in career day as a model, at my job. My students were so shocked and I was sooo nervous. They were so excited and I received an award for it too! I’m mostly proud of starting my business doing the two things I love. Which are helping others and modeling. I mentor my students in things that are not taught in schools which is mental health and prioritizing our goals. The best turnaround was another career day but this time I was able to bring young entrepreneurs to speak with my students. I wanted my students to know that they didn’t have to wait until they grow up to start their career.

What makes you happy?
This may seem selfish but my art makes me happy. Being around friends, family, and most of all children. I enjoy watching other people succeed and this is random but food. I love watching cartoons and funny movies. Being born in The Bronx makes me happy because it explains my personality; and that is diverse. Most importantly leveling up mentally.

Pricing:

  • Modeling: a minimum of two hours ($95/hr)
  • Advice: Free
  • Model Coaching: $80

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Image Credits
Candace Golden
Dami Azeez

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