Dress – Olena Dats’
Draya Michele is an actress who is best known for her roles in films like Will To Love and The Perfect Match. This Diva now has her own clothing brand called Beige and CoCo and we at Imagista got the pleasure of discussing this line with Draya.
Photographer: Jonathan Bookallil / @jbookallil
Stylist/Art Direction: Michael Mann / AKIkMANN
Assistant Stylists: Tyler Jacob / Stacy Akiyama
Hair: Tiger Bautista
Makeup: Nimai Marsden
Retouching: P&B Studio
Dress – Alpana Neeraj
Skirt – Jean Fares Couture
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PODCAST BY JONATHAN BOOKALLIL
STORY AND INTERVIEW BY KATINA GOULAKOS
Imagista: Where did you grow up?
Draya Michele: I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania about forty miles outside of Philadelphia. Growing up there made me realize how badly I wanted to see the world.
Imagista: Where are you currently based?
DM: Right now I am living in Los Angeles, California.
Imagista: What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?
DM: I am super excited about my brand Beige and CoCo. I released the line in november and it has received a lot of social media attention which is incredible.
Imagista: How would you describe your approach to your work?
DM: Social Media is a huge influencer. I am aware of what my followers want to see and I try to give them exactly what they are looking for.
Imagista: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given regarding your craft?
DM: “Don’t give up, I know things are not happening at the rate you want them to but people have taken notice”, to step back and see where I came from and to be able to actually see my growth was the best advice I received.
Imagista: What do you love most about your job?
DM: I love being able to design pieces that I love to wear. Having the ability to create your own closet in a sense, filled with items that you love. There is nothing from my brand that I would not wear myself.
Imagista: What do you do to recharge yourself and/or re-inspire yourself?
DM: Spending time with family is very important to me. I have a new baby at home and it is important for me to take the time to be around my family. Another thing I make sure to do is quarterly vacations, I shut everything down and just relax. I love seeing the world and I make sure to go somewhere new every vacation. I am also a bit of a gym rat, working out is definitely a way that I recharge myself.
Imagista: Where can we find you online?