Interviews / Stories
Interview: Model Dasha Usova (Salt Lake City, V.S.)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I am a highly experienced professional muse that specializes in fine art and fashion nudes. A full-blooded Russian, a world traveler, an outdoor junkie, a bohemian gypsy, and a total healthnut... I am definitely a complex creature! I always look for genuine connection with my photographers that results in artistic collaboration and mind blowing, dynamic art.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to take things less seriosely. It is hard for me just to chill out! I am always planning, doing, thinking, working... Sometimes I exhaust myself and get burned down.
How did you start modeling?
It began as just a fun creative hobby. I always liked creating beautiful stories... Then I realized I connected with the camera really well, and I was pretty photogenic! I started working on my modeling skills learning from everyone and everything I could - photographers, other models, youtube videos, looking through magazines, practicing in front of the mirror.
What do you think of the work as a model?
Oh, it is a very unique craft. My body is my medium, and I absolutely love using it to create in beautiful locations with awesome, like-minded people.
What is your beauty regimen?
Ha! It would take several pages. I am a total healnut and I believe that if you are healthy, your beauty shines through. I spend a lot of time out in the nature, I only drink raw spring water, I eat organic, I do yoga, mediatate every day. I love various cleanses and green juices. I also indulge in ayurvedic beauty rituals, such as cold showers and hot oil massages.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I am able to fully be in the moment and enjoy the hell out of simple things. Sometimes a beautiful, fragrant cup of tea can make me cry.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue expanding my business - I am a co-organizer of UTadventure photo tours. Our events are epic 5 day journey to both Utah and Mexico for photographers, featuring professional models, including myself. I love creating unforgettable experiences for others, and I want to do even more tours in 2018.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Through modeling, I made some truly incredible friendships. This part of my career is the most prevcious to me.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Develop a very strong work ethic, have an impeccable reputation, and be sincere in the way you express yourself.
What do you think of the magazine?
I love it! What a great place to display art from all over the world! I am honored to be featured! :)