Today we’d like to introduce you to Deyanna Denyse.
Deyanna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always say modeling chose me. Growing up, my mother would always tell me I would be a model one day, however I never truly pursued it. I suffered from body image issues. I did not like the way I looked nor the tone of my skin. These insecurities caused me to find solace within my own shell, hidden away from societal judgment.
I was actually a late bloomer. I did not discover any of my talents until I reached the age of 24. As a retired Army vet, I starting off as an aspired nude yoga instructor in the year of 2017. Practicing nude yoga at home alone really helped me love who I am at a core level. I was determined to spread healing and self-acceptance through the modality of physical fitness within the black community. Hosting events around Atlanta, the dream was taking off, or so I thought. During one particular event, unbeknownst to me, a photographer was an attendee. As I prepared for class, the young man approached me asking if he could photograph me. Initially, I was excited as I needed content to promote the events I was hosting, however this one photoshoot changed the course of my life forever.
After posting the photos on social media, they instantly went viral. Re-posts and shares flooded my notifications. A bit overwhelmed, I did not know what to think of it. Within days, photographers were reaching out to me inquiring to hiring me as a model. At first, I did it for the thrill. I truly enjoyed creating new content with new people. I grew out of shaming myself and I was ready to show the world who I was. Along my journey, I discovered the distorted views of nudity in the black community. I visited many museums and mainstream galleries hoping to find nude muses that looked like me.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t any. This realization was the fuel to my drive, I did not understand why black women were not seen as poise and elegant when nude. This triggered me to want to work with more artist and create more content. Once I was able to identify with my “why”, I became rooted within the vision. I began to pose at local universities and art galleries as a figure study. Posting my work on social media allowed me to attract more photographers and artist. Art modeling is the vehicle I used to change the narrative of nudity in the black community. Posing for sculptors and painters is my favorite, I can officially say I have become immortalized in art form many times. Such an honor to say the least. Although my journey has just begun, I can foresee a bright future ahead.
I have had the pleasure to work with many renowned artist around Atlanta. Joining a local art collective (Futuredeadartist) have given me access to share my truth and talents with others on a regular basis. Sharing my work to promote body positivity, while changing the narrative of nudity is a dream that have chosen me. Currently, I am on tour, traveling the world in hopes to reach millions with thought triggering poses and concepts. One painting or photo at a time the world will view the nude black body as art without the subjection of sexual interest. After posting the photos on social media, they went viral immediately. Repost and shares were flooding my notifications. A bit overwhelmed, I did not know what to think of it. More photographers proceeded to reach out to me inquire to do more photoshoots.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it most definitely not. Posting nude photos online can attract weirdos as well. I have been scammed several times in the beginning of my journey. Let’s just say everyone with a camera is NOT a photographer. I have been judged by family and those who I thought were my friends. Choosing this path illuminated who really supported me. Although it was needed, it was very difficult to see their truth. Being paid my worth is a constant battle as well, luckily I truly enjoy what I do.
Thedeyannadenyse – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
TheDeyannaDenyse is a brand that represents Freedom and liberation through the art expression.
I am a Nude fine art model, creative director, and healer. I am known for my dynamic poses and creative writings.
I am most proud of the impact I have had in the black art community as a whole in this short period of time. It leads me to believe that I am right where I supposed to me, during exactly what I am supposed to be doing.
I am not only a muse but I am also a creative director. Working with me on any project will add value to the overall product because I am equipped with my own ideas as well. My poses are dynamic and I am a fearless creative.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Having the opportunity to work with Kevin “WAK” Williams (@artbywak) as a muse and seeing his work that we collaborated on display at the Essence Festival.
- Website: www.deyannadenyse.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thedeyannadenyse
- Twitter: @deyannadenyse
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