Forging a new way: Diamond Langi

For most little girls when asked what their career aspirations are the immediate answers are usually Actor, Model, and Singer.  Many of us hold tight to those dreams but with time, they become a faded and distant memory.  For me these memories always resurface around fashion week when I’m sitting in the audience watching the endless parade of beautiful statuesque models streaming down the runway and think to myself, “W-O-W!!!”…

One little girl who never allowed herself to think that there was even the slightest possibility that she could not achieve all of the career aspirations she set forth for herself is, Diamond Langi.  Diamond is a Model, Singer and Actress who currently resides in Sydney, Australia.  This seasoned professional holds over 7 years of modelling experience (i.e. editorial, commercial, beauty, and runway) and being the lead singer for 3 different bands it is very difficult to believe that this this young artisan is only 21 years old.  Diamond’s ground breaking achievements in the fashion industry are aiding to help break down barriers while also putting an end to stereotypes that not only society has created but that our own Pasifika communities have erected.

I recently had the rare opportunity to chat with Diamond on her views of Pasifika Fashion, the different roadblocks and barriers she’s had to overcome, and what her advice would be to young Pasifika youth who have aspirations of following in her footsteps.  Check out CSM’s interview of Diamond Langi, Model, Singer and Actress:

 

CSM: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your cultural background…

DL: My name is Diamond Langi, I’m 21 years old, and my cultural background is Tongan. I love Singing, Acting & Modeling.

 

CSM: When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in modeling?

DL: At the young age of 6 years old is when I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in modeling.  I knew it’s what I wanted and I was not going to be told that it wasn’t possible.  I set a goal for myself and I pursued and now it’s a reality.

 

CSM: As a Pasifika woman, did you encounter obstacles in pursuing your modeling aspirations?

DL: Yes, there have been a lot due to what I believe in and stand for as a Polynesian woman.  My standards are really high so there are a lot of jobs that I have had to turn down and say “No” too because I want to show women, especially Polynesian women that you don’t have to lower your standards in order to achieve your goals and/or become successful.

 

CSM: How has your cultural background helped in your pursuit of your modeling career? (and or based on your background what makes your experience different from other models in the industry)

DL: My cultural background has helped me tremendously in the modeling world.  Through my culture I was taught at a very young age the importance of holding a high respect for myself  and to never deviate from what I stand for and to always stand and defend what I know is right.  This has helped define for me what my values are in life and what is wrong and right.

 

CSM: What was your favorite shoot that you’ve done and why?

DL: My favourite shoot so far was done in Tonga for Bou’s Fashion after running for Miss Heilala 2012 last year.  I have always been a fan of nature and for this shoot I didn’t wear any make-up and it really revealed me.  It was a chance to just be myself and show the world who I am.  This was all coupled with Tonga’s beautiful surroundings.  The simple and wonderous landscapes coupled with me being one with nature in having no make-up were just amazing.

 

CSM: Which Pasifika fashion designer would you love to model/walk in their next fashion show?

DL: I’m not really picky and I’m always happy to work with any Pasifika fashion designer but if I had to pick a few it would be Kapi Fonua, MENA, and Lavashe Couture.  Their work is absolutely amazing!

 

CSM: What key piece of advice would you share with the upcoming Pasifika youth interested in pursuing a modeling career?

DL: Never Change.  I know that everyone says this but it’s so true.  Your cultural background is your identity and the root in the ground as you start to blossom into a flower.

Diamond Langi

 

 

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