So when I decided to do this interview series, she was the first person that came to mind and was more than happy to oblige!
Now allow me to present to some and introduce to others, Ms. Barbie Diva!
Can you tell a little bit about yourself? [Your name? Where you're from? What field you're in and experience? How long have you been in it?]
My name is Treneice "Barbie Diva" Whitehead, 25, from the Washington, DC area, now relocated to Baltimore, MD. I have been a Plus Size Model/Makeup Artist for 8yrs now while maintaining my Design Company, Cande Paintz Artistry and my plus size support group, P.L.U.M.P. Productions. I am what you call the Diva Mogul "Jack of All Trades".
How did you get your start?
I always wanted to make a difference in my Community. My creative skills come naturally. I was always interested in art and willing to explore new things. Makeup stood out to me the most, modeling boosts my confidence, and reaching out to others has always been a goal of mine.
Did you always know you wanted to do makeup AND modeling?
No, I actually always knew I wanted to be an Elementary School teacher. Modeling came from seeing my bestfriend, Ebony and my mom on the Runway doing shows. Makeup came from playing in my mom's makeup! She got me hooked to MAC.
Who/what motivates you to keep going?
I have this drive and determination to become known for what I do and help people along the way. I told my mom that one day I was going to become famous, so I am pushing myself to FAME.
Can you recall BEST makeup job you've ever done?
The best makeup job was done on myself a few years ago... I had just got a colorful wig made and I did my makeup to match!
What's your favorite modeling genre?
Fashion and Commercial modeling...I can also do a little Alternative with my tattoos and my colorful makeup to match my colorful hair.
What's the best advice you've been given?
Don't take "no" for an answer..Keep pushing until you make something happen.
Who would you like to work with/for?
I would like to do work with my mentors Alicia Mitchell, Ms. Jackee, Lauren (Queen of Blending), and Eily... I love their work and their creativity is impeccable.
Name 5 makeup items you own that are MUST-HAVES for your clients.
Primer, concealer, eyebrow pencil, blush, loose powder (I have MORE...lol) Eyelashes/Eyeliner.
What else do you like to do outside of modeling and makeup artistry?
I like MUSIC...music is in my blood..I come from a musically inclined family.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully, finishing up at Empire Beauty School and heading to NY to work for Broadway.
If someone wants to work with you, how can they contact you?
My email.. email@example.com or book me through my website www.barbiediva.net/
Where can we find you on the web?
www.facebook.com/TreneiceDivaMonroeWhitehead/ [FB Fanpage: Barbie Diva of Cande Paintz Artistry]
www.barbiediva.net/ [My official Website]
www.modelmayhem.com/barbiediva/ [Modeling page]
www.modelmayhem.com/barbiedivalovesmac/ [MUA page]
Thanks so much, Ms Barbie Diva, for allowing me to share your gifts with others. I'm sure that people are inspired by reading this as I was doing this interview with you. It definitely lifted my spirits! Blessings to you on your endeavors. I can't WAIT to see what you do next!