A Model Conversation with Desirae Brockington
Interviewed By Dana Rettig
Although beauty fades, brains and desire last forever. West Coast native, Desirae Brockington has proven to the world that with a little bit of faith, dedication and perseverance; you can turn your dreams into a reality despite your circumstances in life. Desirae is truly a star in her own right. She has not only graced the pages of Chicago’s most renowned magazine, JET Magazine and billboards all over the world, but she has proven to others that even though being beautiful pays the bills, receiving a good education is the real cause of living a better existence for yourself and family.
In this recent interview with Urbania Magazine, Desirae talks about her life as an established print model, her present and future aspirations, how she copes with daily pressures of being a model, and more. For more information, you can check her out at www.Xplosivemagazine.net for recent photos and interviews.
UM: Models have come, saw and conquered- and disappeared. Tell us your secrets of maintaining longevity in your career.
DB: It’s a mind, body and soul connection… I began working in the print and commercial division of modeling many years ago. Just like with any career or craft, one must continuously keep themselves up to a competitive edge. It’s not necessarily competing with others that’s important, but rather competing with yourself to become better at what you do over time.
UM: Besides receiving a BA in Education/ a dual Master’s degree in Foreign Student Language Instruction/ Linguistics, explain the reasons of why you are known as the most respected print model.
DB: It’s a simple formula… say what you mean and do what you say. I place a lot of value in people doing exactly what they say they will do. Nevertheless, in the same respect; I value the same quality in myself. In a world composed of many different types of people, cultural awareness is an important and necessary aspect of relating well to people from any and every background. I view myself as an ambassador of sophistication, spirituality and womanhood.
I believe others view me in this sense as well. I am a strong believer in a woman maintaining multiple facets… being able to incorporate sex appeal, intellect, and grace into anything she puts her heart into.
UM: I’m sure being a West Coast native has its perks as well as downfalls. Describe your upbringing that has shaped you into the woman you are today and what advice do you have for aspiring models.
DB: Although, I attended high school, college and graduate school out west; I love the cultural diversity in the California area, too. I grew up as an Army brat in every sense of the phrase. Growing up, my family and I traveled all over the world. It was a great experience that allowed me to develop respect for people as a whole. My parents placed a high value on education and helped nurture my love of reading, language and music. My advice to aspiring models is the same advice I’d give to anyone who has a serious passing for their chosen craft: Be, do, have. In order to be who you are destined to become, you must do the necessary things to get there.
When these things are in place, one will have all they truly desire. Stand firm in what you want without allowing others to sway your opinion about who you were meant to be… period.
UM: You have migrated from United States to Japan for a hostess position. What was the most difficult part about migrating from one country to another terrain? How did you adjust to adapting the Japanese culture? If you can, describe a wondrous moment in Japan that you will never forget.
DB: I spent several years in Japan for a variety of reasons… one in which brought me much closer to the modeling and entertainment industry which I love. The most difficult part of adjusting to a new environment is setting aside what I have been used to and relating it to what my new surroundings dictate. It was difficult adjusting to a new country, but after the period of adjustment had subsided; it was very easy to adapt as well as enjoy the Japanese’s innovation and culture.
UM: I see that being a model is not always glitz and glamour. How do you cope with the negative side of being a model (i.e., naysayers, paparazzi, and etcetera)?
DB: Although negativity exists, it helps you appreciate the positive side of people, moments and situations you encounter along the way. In other words, I brush it off. I only surround myself with a circle of people who uplift me… positivity completely blasts any negative influences that may try to work their way into my life. The focus is always on the outcome I want for any situation.
UM: What are your present/ future aspirations in life besides modeling? Where do you see yourself in the next two or three years?
DB: I see myself as happy, proud and balanced as I am now. Within the next two or three years, I see myself married with children and completely at peace with who I am and any future pursuits I partake in. There will also be a few books in the works, so stay tuned for that.
UM: One last question before we conclude this interview. Where can people reach you via online?
DB: People can go to www.facebook.com/DesiraeBrockingtonGroup and Desiraeleebrockington@gmail.com