Monday, July 8, 2013

Exclusive Interview - Andreea Diaconu

Romanian model Andreea Diaconu is riding on the crest of a wave that has been steadily building momentum since she first started modelling at age 13. Now at the ripe old age of 22, Diaconu is hitting her stride professionally, bringing to the fore a wealth of experience, modelling know-how, and a full appreciation of what it takes to succeed at the elite level. Diaconu has one of those faces that is quite simply beautiful. There are no tricks or gimmicks to Diaconu's appeal - that is aside from her exquisite heart-shaped face, her hypnotic blue/green eyes, and the most stunning athletic physique to hit the runway since Gisele Bundchen. Adding to her allure is Diaconu's disarming goofball sense of humour and a tomboyish quality which counter-balances her extreme prettiness.

Inoubliable Model Army met and photographed Diaconu on two separate occasions during the Spring/Summer 2013 collections. During those encounters IMA forecast that Diaconu's modelling trajectory was about to skyrocket into previously unchartered territory. Fast-forward 10 months on and Diaconu is experiencing what can only be described as the zenith of her modelling career as one of Paris Vogue's current editorial faves, a stunning Paris Vogue cover lensed by Mario Sorrenti which had even the most jaded of model pundits gob-smacked, and unprecedented campaign and editorial interest from clients including Dolce & Gabbana, Juicy Couture, Isabel Marant, Ralph Lauren, MaxMara, W, Vogue Japan, and Vogue Italia. Diaconu came full circle recently, chatting exclusively to IMA about her whirlwind year, her joy at finally walking for Prada, and the Paris Vogue cover that has everyone including her own family talking!

Andreea Diaconu
Photographer - Uncredited
Source - thefashionspot.com


Inoubliable Model Army (IMA): Hi Andreea, thank you for taking a moment to chat with IMA. We met during the Spring/Summer 2013 season at the castings and fittings for Altuzarra and Oscar de la Renta, when I hinted that things were going to shift for you on the modelling front in a major way. Do you feel that things have changed for you modelling-wise over the past 9 months?
AD: Things are constantly changing and that's motivating as well as stimulating. I agree that my career has taken a different direction lately thanks to David Sims, Emmanuelle Alt, Mario Sorrenti and constant supporters like James Scully, Russell Marsh, Ashley Brokaw and John Pfeiffer, my great agents and many many others who've helped me in different stages, which of course makes me incredibly happy and grateful!

IMA: Would you mind sharing a bit of your backstory with IMA?
AD: I grew up in Bucharest and spent my Summers in Transylvania. I started (modelling) at 13 to make some money, but wanted to quit soon after as it was interfering with my school and other activities I was interested in at the time. I appreciate it to the fullest now and consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to work with such talented people.

IMA: Congratulations on scoring your first Paris Vogue cover for June 2013 lensed by Mario Sorrenti! How does it feel to be a Paris Vogue cover girl and what was it like collaborating with Mario for this shoot. Did you realise at the time that this shoot would encompass a possible cover try?
AD: I did not expect to be on the cover at all to be honest and I didn't believe it until I saw the magazine! The location was splendid, we had loads of fun and Mario, Emmanuelle, Anja, James and Aaron made me feel very comfortable... I didn't realise how naked I was until I saw the pictures and had a bit of a freak out moment caused by my family after seeing them haha. The fact that I'm on the cover still hasn't sunken in. I'm thankful and proud of course!

Paris Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

W Magazine Trends Supplement - June 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com

Paris Vogue - June 2013
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: Your graduation to modelling's major league has been a long time coming with close to 7 years of development, learning your craft, and persistence. What key factors do you feel have led you to this pivotal moment in your career trajectory?
AD: I definitely think 14 year old models should not exist. I was working with people twice my age and I timidly looked up to them as teachers rather than "colleagues". Traits such as patience and good balance on high heels definitely come in handy haha! You need to love what you're doing, and to know and feel comfortable with yourself.

IMA: Having started modelling at such a young age, what advice would you offer to young girls considering a career in modelling?
AD: To wait until they're 16 or even older and to do their research on agencies.

IMA: You possess one of the most classically beautiful faces in modelling at the moment. Were you aware of the power of your beauty growing up, and are there any other models whose success or longevity in the industry you particularly admire or seek to emulate?
AD: I definitely wasn't aware of it. I'm still not, so thank you for the compliment. I was of course bullied for being tall and skeletal-looking but it didn't affect me much, at least I don't remember it now. I think Lauren Hutton, Malgosia Bela, Carolyn Murphy, and Daria Werbowry are stunning.

Prada - F/W 2013
Photographer - Marcus Tondo
Source - style.com

Balmain - F/W 2013
Photographer - Monica Feudi
Source - style.com

BCBG Max Azria - F/W 2013
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com


IMA: The past Fall/Winter 2013 show season was your most successful to date with a 38 show tally including appearances at Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford, Prada, Versace, Gucci, Balmain, and Stella McCartney. What are your fondest recollections from the overall season?
AD: It was very relaxed and just spending time with the girls, seeing the masters at work and a good book made it all pass very smoothly. I was very excited for Prada since I've been on option for the show for the last 8 years and it finally happened! I also loved everyone at Céline, Stella McCartney, Gucci, and Versace!

IMA: This year alone you've collaborated with Sølve Sundsbø, David Sims, Cass Bird, and Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Italia, Paris Vogue, Vogue Japan, and J. Crew. What career goals have you set for the remainder of 2013 and are there any key photographers that you would love to work with and why?
AD: I've always wanted to work with David (so thank God that happened haha). I'd love to work with Steven Meisel who apparently booked me for the Dolce & Gabbana campaign when I was 14, but I couldn't get out of the country. I don't know if this is true or if it was just an invention by my agency - but I do remember being stuck at the airport and then not travelling for six months as the laws regarding travelling minors had just changed.

IMA: One of the highlights of Fashion Week is that it affords the opportunity to catch up with friends backstage. Who are your closest pals in the industry and do you get to hang out much in between modelling assignments?
AD: Diana Moldovan, Toni Garrn, Kendra Spears, Jac, Julia Nobis, Katlin Aas... we all hang out, we're all in the same cities for a month! I just started going to a model-filled gym and that's the only time I spend with other model friends.

Paris Vogue - February 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

W Magazine - June 2013
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

WSJ Magazines - July/August
Photographer - Lachlan Bailey
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Italia - February 2012
Photographer - Sølve Sundsbø
Source - thefashionspot.com


IMA: You opened a restaurant back home in Bucharest with fellow model Diana Moldovan called Moo Moo. Can you tell us more about this business venture and what sort of cuisine does it offer?
AD: This happened about 3 years ago and it's a healthy bio restaurant. I'm not involved at the moment but two more have opened since.

IMA: What are your passions and interests outside of modelling and fashion?
AD: I take a lot of online courses, from archaeology to psychology to public speaking and humanities. The web is your oyster nowadays and I'll save "real university" time for later. I love a good workout so I've tried everything out there and I often joke that becoming a fitness instructor will be my back-up plan! I'd love to have more time to surf. I'm also interested in languages. I speak three fluently and I can play with French and Italian but I really intend to perfect them this year as well as learn basic Mandarin and finally play with my guitar that is currently covered with dust at home.

IMA: How would you describe your street style, and if you could have walked off the runway with any of the looks that you wore this past season, which collection would it have come from?
AD: My style is surf chick has baby with Rick Owens, and is Isabel Marant the God Mother? And rather basic/classic when travelling. During NYFW I step it up some days since I have full access to my closet. There's so much to love, everything at Céline, Prada, Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, and Louis Vuitton (I didn't do the latter show but I've been shooting some pieces and I'm loving it all!).

IMA: What makes you "Inoubliable"?
AD: I'll let you answer this one for me! ;-)

INOUBLIABLE - Andreea Diaconu
Photographer - Neill Seeto
Image is the property of Inoubliable Model Army

Vogue Japan - March 2013
Photographer - Sølve Sundsbø
Source - models.com

Paris Vogue - May 2013
Photographer - David Sims
Source - thefashionspot.com

Vogue Italia - October 2011
Photographer - Mario Sorrenti
Source - models.com

Céline - F/W 2012
Photographer - Juergen Teller
Source - models.com

Juicy Couture - F/W 2013
Photographer - Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Source - thefashionspot.com

Dolce & Gabbana - F/W 2013
Photographer - Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
Source - thefashionspot.com

Special thanks to Lisa DiRuocco and Jennifer Ramey at IMG Model Management. For more information on IMG Worldwide, please refer to www.imgmodels.com

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