This segment of “I Am A.M.P.S.” gives focus to our very own Fashion Editor Daisi Pollard-Sepulveda Low. Daisi was snatched up by our editor for her poise, impressive work ethic, and not to mention her Beauty. Daisi is an accomplished and published spokes model and have made rounds in several beauty pageants.
AMPS: How did you get into fashion?
DP: My love for fashion began with modeling. Modeling put me right at the center of the fashion world. I started modeling career at 12 years old and I quickly learned the craft and trade of the business. I remember when I would leave school in Connecticut and take the train all the way to the city and go to open calls, auditions and photo shoots almost everyday. I learned the ropes pretty fast. I got the hang of marketing myself pretty early as well too. I would organize my own test shoots, print my own portfolio photos and then design my own comp cards. I would take them door to door to showrooms to get work.
AMPS:That is very entrepreneurial of you. Where did you get the drive and know how to do all of this at such a young age?
DP: People call me a Modelpreneur because I am very hands on with my career and work. I just don’t believe in leaving my future in the complete hands of someone else and I think in the modeling and fashion world we are taught to do that, depend on others to create our careers. I come from a long legacy of entrepreneurial people, especially women. So, it is easy for me to say that my spirit for business came rather natural. I think that for a woman of color in the entertainment and fashion world it’s imperative to be in the driver’s seat, and not get complacent as a passenger.
AMPS:You’re a New Yorker. What drove you to Hollywood?
DP: I came to Los Angeles when I was rather young. I was in my early 20’s. When I came to Los Angeles, I thought I was going to get out of the modeling business and into the fitness industry. For a little while I did both. I learned a lot by expanding my skills and education. Being a model is great but what makes a great model is being able to pull from different experiences. Since I have been in Los Angeles, I have had the opportu- nity to experience many different things that have enhanced my craft as a model. I consider myself a global person though. I have travelled to many countries for work and I love culture.
AMPS: Tell about the impact African- American Models have had on the Modeling and Fashion Industry?
DP: I think models in the African-American community are definitely under represen- ted. It is not because their isn’t enough African-American females pursuing a modeling career. Unfortunately their isn’t a single golden solution for giving model opportunities to African-American aspiring models except to just asserting yourself.
DPSL: African-American models that have been able to break through across mainstream media in publications and television have helped make way for more African -American models. I believe that it is not someone else’s job to make our careers and dreams come true- it is our job. Those models that have paved the way and opened doors did it while making their goals happen. All of the young African- American women reading this magazine can do it too!
AMPS: You have an extensive background in Pageantry, tell us about that?
DPSL: I am a multi-titleholder having represented Jamaica, the Caribbean, Israel and Yemen in a multitude of pageants both nationally and interna- tionally. I have broke many barriers for ethnic women in pageantry and I continue to strive to improve the pageant industry.
AMPS: How do you think your experiences as an African-American model, beauty queen and fashion insider can contribute to A.M.P.S. Magazine?
DPSL: I believe I have the opportunity to represent the A.M.P.S. magazine family within these industries in a way that we as a publication have yet to achieve. I have a strong desire to bring A.M.P.S. readers interesting fashion news and imagery that will inspire, empower and enrich the lives of our readers.
AMPS: What’s on the horizon for “The Brand”, Daisi Pollard Sepulveda Low?
DPSL: I am always so excited because there is so much! In November I will be headed to Dominica Republic for the Mrs. Multiverse competition in which I will be representing the Caribbean at large. I also have several independent films in the pipe- line including the release of the docu-reality, Living Jamerican. And of course, you can catch me in issues of A.M.P.S. Atlanta and New Orleans throughout the year!
AMPS: What is the Strongest “Accent” of Daisi Pollard Sepulveda-Low??
DPSL: I would say my strongest points are business, marketing and creativity. If or people that have never sat down and had a conversation with me; anyone that has can tell you I am a “thinker”. A large portion of my career is credited to the fact that I am really good and marketing and promoting myself and my related projects. I have also been very creative with ways to brand, market and promote myself through out the years.
AMPS: Are there any words of encouragement you can offer to our youth (men and women) that are aspiring to become the next “Branded” model or spokesperson?
DPSL: Absolutely! Whatever your personal brand is, live it, fine tune it and keep going. What makes people brands strong and ever lasting is their ability to be consistent and grow. Consistency breeds reliability. Reliability is only gained through time. People brands the are everlasting today have been building for a long time or they died young and that is the only thing we know of their lives. Live your brand whatever it is about. Don’t become stagnant. Find ways to expand your brand across different audiences. Keeping working on yourself. With life, we are never done, until we are done!