Diana Starkova

first in your mind’s eye, and then making it happen by proactively bringing it to fruition with action, is a skill that the most successful fashion designers in the world possess.  Do you have an interest in becoming a fashion designer in the future and possibly starting your own fashion label? 

Diana:  Ah Andrew, you are exactly reading my mind! In fact I enjoy designing and even making myself beautiful dresses since I was 9 years old, when I made my first evening gown of burgundy color. Once, a few years ago, I made a small swimsuit collection and a clothes collection, but it was more like a hobby. Nowadays, I started to think about designing more seriously, so I do really plan to become a fashion designer and start my own fashion label. For now I have an interest in designing evening gowns; I think it comes from my experience in the beauty pageant industry. So let's wait and see what will happen. I hope I will find the time to manage this goal as I am also planning to focus more on my career as an actress. In fact the only problem I have is I am not really drawing very well, so most of the dresses I am just imagining in my mind and than realizing step-by-step. When I do dress-fittings sometimes, my mother comes to see it, and she never understands what I am trying to make. Than when she sees the result, she really gets impressed at how I can imagine something first and then bring it to fruition. 

 

Andrew:  I acknowledge the existence of rules in society but the defiant, trailblazing maverick in me doesn’t believe that most of those rules apply to me!  Do you consider yourself to be a trendsetter & trailblazer in the fashion industry who isn’t afraid to push the creative envelope by both thinking and acting outside of the proverbial box, and by sometimes breaking the entrenched societal rules to bring your many goals to fruition & change the status quo? 

Diana:  Andrew, just look at my dress that I wore at the Cannes Film Festival this year! I made a show by wearing that dress. Many people in the Ukraine and Russia tried to criticize it. I did something out of the rules; in fact I don't care, I follow my feeling when I dress something, so the main thing is to feel, not to follow any rules! 

 

Andrew:  Talk about what winning the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant meant to you both on a personal and professional level. 

Diana:  Beauty pageants are like a serious sport for perfectionist-minded girls. I won many

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