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Life & Work with Relly Dinero

Today we’d like to introduce you to Relly Dinero.

Hi Relly, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’m Relly Dinero. I’m 23 years old. I’m a Scorpio. Born and raised in West Baltimore. I was raised by my grandparents; my mother passed when I was 2 and my “dad” wasn’t really there. My grandparents raised me in the church. I was a singer before anything but as I got older it wasn’t a passion for me anymore.

When I started high school at Fredrick Douglass High School (Class of 2016), I started to notice I would get compliments on my looks, outfits, etc. I got into modeling in 2017 but I didn’t start taking it seriously until 2019.

I want to be the FIRST black gay male from Baltimore to become an international print model representing different brands and companies all over. I started my first small business back in 2017 after leaving Baltimore for a premature relationship and came back literally with nothing. No clothes, no shoes, nothing just a suitcase full of awards. I’ve been battling depression for five years now. But at the time it was deep and I was just trynna figure out “How am I gonna do this?”

I waited for tax time and I took some of that money and invested it into my own business selling sunglasses called “The Snatchers”. As I grow my brand and business will grow. Perfection takes time I’m, not in a rush God has my life strategically designed for me when it’s my turn everyone will know. I owe myself a lot. I owe my three guardian angels a lot. I have a niece my brother left on this earth and I wanna give her the world plus my future kids it no time for slacking.

I’m time to put in work. I would love to work with a lot of people in Baltimore. Let’s network. Let’s help each other eat. I’m very big on unity.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been smooth for me at all. At 2 years old, I lost my mom. That alone mentally messed me up cause I never got to experience her. Don’t know what she sounds like, feel like, act like, smell like, etc. Being a black gay male growing up I had to hide who I was from my family for a long time until my Pastor Bob Washington out to my grandfather.

From then on, I started just being my true self. I reached out to a brand called “lifers” 2 years ago to basically collab with them and the CEO of the brand told me “ I don’t want faggy representing my brand”. I block him. If that is how you treat people based on what they like then I don’t wanna represent you.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a model and entrepreneur. I’m still working on getting my name and face out there it’s not easy but I’m definitely doing it while learning and growing from it. I’ve worked with different brands and published on their websites like @bygabbderwen, @symphoniquefashionhouse, etc. I’m still working my way up.

I’m most proud that I overcame all my obstacles and let nothing stop me from my dream and aspirations in life. What set me apart from others is my drive, my uniqueness, my professionalism, my passion.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I risk a lot every day. If you wanna do anything in life and your passion. You have to INVEST!!! INVEST IN YOURSELF!! You have to spend money to make money. When I first started modeling I would collab with other models, photographers, and brands for FREE. I hosted a club event for FREE. I could’ve been making money and using that money to invest in me.

I feel like with me doing that everybody feels like I’m gonna keep working for free. No!! I’m trynna eat and come up just like the rest. Invest in me and my dreams. I will definitely make your vision come to life I’m a perfectionist.

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Shotsbyskyflame and A.j.bailey

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