Dasha @ Mandarin Models

Dasha @ Mandarin Models

She's only 14 years old with a talent for drawing and a successful modelling career already under her name. We talk to Dasha from Mandarin Models about her illustrations and passions.


Hi Dasha, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from Chishinau in Moldova and I am the 8th grade student. In my free time I like to do sport, reading, and express myself through dance and of course art. I really enjoy taking part in different events where I can meet new people and try new things.

How long have you had this passion for art?
I’ve had passion for art as long as I remember myself, I’ve always liked drawing.

How did you find your style?
Since I was 6 years old, I’ve attended different art schools and studios where I had different
teachers. I think that all of them contributed to the formation of my own style so now it is a mixture of various styles. Obviously it changes as time passes and it’s a good thing because I discover new possibilities of mine.

What inspires your work?
Everything can inspire my work: a film, a street scene, a book, even a TV commercial.
Sometimes the ideas just appear in my head like from nowhere and I represent them on a sheet of paper.

What does your work space look like?
My work space isn’t something special, it’s just my desk where I read and do my homework. But very often I draw in other places, for example on the street or in the park. Any place that inspires me can be transformed in my work place for some time.

What do you do when you're not drawing?
When I’m not drawing, I might well do sport, read, hang out with my friends, study or just surf the internet.

You're also an amazing model with already an extensive portfolio. How did you get into modeling?
One time a modelling scout came across me in the street and invited me to take part in a casting for an agency, but I didn’t pass because of my age; I was too young, just 12 years old. But later, when I was already 13 the director of my current agency, Mandarin Models, noticed me and offered me to work for the agency and after some time and a discussion with my parents I decided to have a go.

What do you think are the similarities between modeling and illustrating?
Modelling and illustrating ,in my opinion, are both different types of art. But in one you create art, you draw pictures, but in the other you are art, you have to put on different moods, styles and become the picture yourself.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?
In five years I see myself studying web design in my first year at university. Drawing will still be
my hobby and my beloved activity and I will definitely continue my career in modelling.

Cherie Falco

Cherie Falco