Modeling has opened up the doors to countless women aspiring to be on the cover of magazines, features, etc. For one woman modeling is only the beginning. Daina Koda has been in front of the camera many times before, but she has grown as both a model and a person in recent years. It’s only a matter of time before you start to see Daina in your favorite magazines and you may have even come across her impressive Instagram account. Daina has always stayed true to herself, and she has a laser-like focus to achieve her dreams and goals.
How did you get interested in modeling?
Daina Koda: Hey! Thanks for having me! I started when I was 14, and did a few photos shoots here and there. Then throughout high school, I had a huge interest in communications and technology, photoshopping, photoshoots, etc. So when I turned 18, I did my first lingerie photoshoot and was hooked with everything about it. I loved how it made me feel sexy and strong.
Were you inspired by other models before you started out?
Daina Koda: I believe there were a few that I was like, ‘aw man, I can’t wait to be like her. Have that publications shoot with that photographer or with that magazine.’
What’s it like being in front of the camera? Are you ever insecure or nervous or are you mostly confident?
Daina Koda: I’m way better at being in front of the camera than I am taking selfies, lol. I love being in front of the camera!
Is there anything that you’ll say no to and absolutely won’t do in your career?
Daina Koda: Go against my morals and values and beliefs. There’s a few parties I won’t attend, and photographers I won’t shoot with because I don’t believe in it. Straying from being a decent and smart person isn’t sexy at all. I refuse to be stupid in order to get covers.
Social media is changing the landscape of the modeling industry. Do you think social media is a good or bad thing for the industry?
Daina Koda: I think it’s all about the portfolio. Social media is awesome. You get a chance to reach out and see photos and other events and check out what other models are up to. A support system. You can see who actually likes to model and who has a passion, versus who’s just paying for it.
Do you have long-term goals that you want to accomplish with your modeling?
Daina Koda: I want to start traveling more and modeling. Go to a few international events.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Daina Koda: I’m 5’2″. I’m very small, but I have a big heart and a very real person. I don’t like being your stereotypical girl. I like hands-on projects, etc. I’m an industrial scaffolder by trade. Maybe that’s a fair idea about the kind of person I am.
To date, what are you the proudest of in your life and why?
Daina Koda: My friends and family. To see them go from where they’ve come from and how they are now is amazing. My best friend and I used to head out to Jasper (Alberta, CA) at four o’clock in the morning. Now she has a baby, and I have a serious relationship, and I can’t wait to see where our lives are in a few years.
What have you changed your mind about in the last few years? Why?
Daina Koda: What’s important to me. My mental health. I used to live and breathe modeling. Turned down relationships and real “me” opportunities to answer that email, or finish editing, or constantly looking for the next magazine to shoot for, photographers, etc. I went through a not so healthy relationship, took some time off to heal, and work on my current relationship, and be back to where I was. So that makes me happy. Focus on breathing, and what life is about, not just modeling and fashion.
If you could get a message out to millions or billions, what would it be about and why?
Daina Koda: Focus on your dreams, but focus more on you. Don’t become drained.
What can people expect to see from you in the future?
Daina Koda: Guess you’ll have to wait and see!
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