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Art & Life with Dora Owusu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dora Owusu.

Dora, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was on my pathway to medicine when I discovered my passion for modeling. I used to wish to be a model but never had any expectations of it actually happening. During my second year of college, I modeled for a popular swim brand which lead to people contacting me regarding rates and availability. Since I wasn’t 100% confident in my work in front of the camera, I didn’t charge anyone for the first six months of my modeling career. I was brought in to work with Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) by one of my favorite makeup artists Mali (@Kingmalimagic on Instagram). It was my first paid modeling job and from then ABH started bringing me in more frequently to work with them. I began taking my modeling career more seriously while still balancing my college life as a biology major. There was a point where I was modeling, going to school, volunteering at the city hospital, working a part-time job, and shadowing a Physician Assistant (PA) because at the time my career goal was to become a PA. After getting signed in 2018, my modeling career started to grow exponentially and I began prioritizing it over class sometimes because being in front of the camera made me so much happier than being in a classroom. I recently graduated this May and have decided to take at least a year to focus on modeling, acting, and other life goals. I plan to avoid accumulating any more student loan debt for as long as possible.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a full-time model and content creator. I began modeling in 2016 with the intention to inspire young dark-skinned girls like myself. Growing up, I didn’t see many faces in the media that resembled my skin tone so I always want to help build confidence in young girls that I didn’t have at their age. Whether giving advice or simply reminding them that they are beautiful, as long as they are confident in their God-given skin then I feel I am doing my job effectively. As I’ve grown on social media more and younger black girls are telling me how I inspire them and view me as a role model, this motivates me to do more and be better. So, if you should know anything about my artwork… know that is for my young dark-skinned girls first.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I would say I think that the biggest challenge facing artist today is being properly compensated for their work and having their work be acknowledged I have found that some clients are so quick to book the artist but when it comes to payment take forever to pay or try not to pay at all. Some clients must forget that we have bills too and we deserve our payment on time. I am never afraid to send multiple emails, texts, or phone calls until I receive payment. I often choose to never work with those clients again.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can always see my work on social media platforms as well as my blog. A simple like, comment, follow, or subscription would be the best way to support my work. All love is always appreciated.

Instagram: @Doraowusu

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Image Credit:
Image 1:
– Photo: David Justice (@davidjusticephoto)
– makeup: Desiree D’elia (@desireedeliamua)

Image 2:
– Photo: Sonny (@sonnychaotic)
– Dress & Hair: Carlos Mannings (@cjrmannings)
– Makeup: Noelia (@noeliabeaute)

Image 3:
– photo: (@tamarawilliams1)
– makeup (@jentioseco)

Image 4:
– photo (@larerttahouston)
– makeup (@francieluxe)

Photo 5: (@aaronlacy)

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