AN INTERVIEW WITH ANTI AGENCY-MODEL DONNIKA| May 14, 2016
Tell us all about yourself….
I grew up in the South-East London suburbs and spent a couple of years near Brighton. I’ve just finished uni so I’m going to visit a couple of places this summer and decide whether I want to stay in London…
How did you get into modelling?
I did a shoot with someone from the London College of Fashion and one thing led to another and I am where I am now.
What do you love about the Anti-Agency?
I love that you’re free to be yourself. I was with another agency to begin with and I lost confidence in myself because I felt like they were pushing me to be someone I wasn’t.
When did you first try modelling?
When I was about 13 people told me I should model but I wasn’t that keen. Then I began to love weird runway clothes and thought modelling would be fun as I’d get to wear that kinda stuff.
What inspires your work?
I love being the first to wear new trends and aiming to work with great photographers and be in magazines I love.
What’s your biggest inspo in life?
I think inspo is taken from lots of different places but whenever I see Rihanna, something about her really inspires me – from her clothes to her general attitude.
What’s your personal style like?
Fickle! One day I want to look like a boy, the next a 90s stripper, the next Kim K.
How would you describe an ‘Anti-Agency girl’?
Someone who is bold and not afraid to take risks.
Who would you love to work with?
David Sims because he’s one of the best photographers in the world. I’ve had a couple of request castings for him but it hasn’t worked out so far…I’d also love to shoot with Tyrone Lebon because he’s a MASSIVE babe and Lena C Emery’s photography is breathtaking.
What’s your jam?
I heard Artful Dodger by Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada and THEM people the other day and I can’t get over it.
Apart from modelling, what’s your biggest passion?
I love finding new films to watch and books to read. Every night I like to find a new film to watch.
What’s your spirit animal?
Maybe a chameleon because they always change their colours. I have a stable personality but I couldn’t wear the same print or pattern for the rest of my life.
What’s been the best thing that’s happened in your career so far?
I was really happy when I was first featured in i-D magazine because that was always my aim when I first started modelling. Or when I walked for Meadham Kirchoff’s Fashion in Slow Motion at the V&A Museum – that was an incredible experience!
If you were an emoji, which would you be?
The mixed raced salsa lady because I lurvvvve to dance, or the hotdog because I’m literally obsessed with them.
What’s next for you?
I’m writing a little book at the moment that I want to collaborate with artists and photographers on but I feel a bit nervous about whether it will happen or not.
So now you know all about ANTI-AGENCY, you wanna be a part of it too, right? Come find out how…