Model Q&A: DeVogue Johnson

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Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: Rikard Rodin

Where are you from? Where are you based now and do you travel for shoots?

I was born and raised in Long Beach California, I travel for shoots and love to see more of the world I live in.

Who inspired you to become a model?

I was inspired by the iconic movie “Mahogany,” featuring Diana Ross. The beauty and elegance of the models mesmerized me, along with the exotic and breathtaking designs that they would showcase. As a child, I remember pretending I was walking down the Paris and LA runway and spent many hours practicing my “model walk.” That movie sparked my love for the world of modeling. I saw modeling like another version of acting, stepping out of your life, making a character, and embodying the mood to tell a story. 

Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: dexellery photography

How and when did you start modeling?

I started modeling almost three years ago when I was asked to model for an airbrush makeup class. They asked if I had modeled before and I got several bookings following that shoot, and so I decided to take it seriously. I started practicing poses, looking at other models who I respected, and researching genres. That led to several early bookings. Being on time and camera ready has given me a solid reputation with some amazing photographers and led to some incredible work. Even though I didn’t think I was what was typically thought of as a model, I was encouraged to pursue modeling, with the prophetic advice that they can only tell you “no.” I created a Model Mayhem account and started going out on casting calls.

What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?

I would have to say that would be a toss-up between body art, cosplay, and artistic nude. Those three are my favorite modeling genres. They allow me to use my body, through posing, to make artistic characters and wow my clients with my unique creativity.

Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: dexellery photography

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

I look at their portfolios first to see the quality of their work, then his/her reviews or credits, just to make sure they are safe, reliable, and get photos to the models in a reasonable amount of time.

What models or other artists inspire you?

One of my early influences was Eartha Kitt. She was the embodiment of fire, an amazingly strong woman who was at the forefront of women’s rights. She spoke her mind, as a woman of color, in a time when women were supposed to be quiet. Her story inspires me to never give up, always give my all, and maybe one day live as bright as she did.

Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: John Defazio

What would be your dream shoot?

That would be a fire shoot! Anything with fire or sparks and my dream would come true.

How important is social media in your success?

Social media probably makes up about sixty percent of my success, thanks to the easy access of being able to share my work with other artists and photographers. Because my work can be seen internationally, I am able to work with photographers from other countries and states. So to me, social media is very important keeping me current and in the public eye to meet other creatives and getting work. 

Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: myjoyfullife photography

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

I love to do a large variety of things, for example, play beach volleyball, reading, hanging out with friends, and watching anime.

What’s the best career advice you can give to new models?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions to experienced models or photographers. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry later. Some will be snobby, don’t get me wrong, modeling is a tough field to step into, so be prepared, but you will find some like me and many others who will help guide you and keep you safe to enjoy this amazing and creative world.

Model: DeVogue Johnson; Photographer: Philip Condit

Check out DeVogue Johnson’s Model Mayhem portfolio to see more of her work. You can also follow her on Instagram.

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