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Well, I was born in Virginia Beach and have an Italian mother and black daddy. I am the only child and am proud to say that after all this time my parents are still together. I grew up in project housing till I was about 12 years old and my family finally bought a middle-class home in Bethlehem, PA. Growing up my parents were very strict in both my academics and athletics. Although we didn't have much, I felt like I was rich growing up because they provided me with everything I could ever ask for and in turn, I think the responsibility to take care of them as they age. Going into HS, I focused on predominate football and ended up getting a scholarship to a Valley Forge Military Academy as my grades and injuries held me back from attending a 4-year college. Coming out of VFMA I was ranked the 8th best safety in the nation and took a scholarship to play at Duquesne U. Coming out of college I bounced around a few professional teams but unfortunately could not stay healthy and after my 3rd shoulder surgery sat down with my agent and family and decided it was time to pursue another career. I moved down to Tampa, FL with a college teammate and continued a career in business while also making a short stint of a job being a male dancer to earn extra cash. Along the way, a casting director for the bachelorette recommended me when they saw me dance and made it to the top 50 finalists for JoJo Fletcher Season. Then went on to be asked to participate in TLC's married my mom and dad season 2 in which I was married in August. I soon realised this was not the girl I could see myself spending the rest of my life with so we separated in Feb and finalised the divorce in May. Since then I've been exploring opportunities within the modelling market with both runway and print as well as partnering with a few charity organisations such as a wheelchair for kids and st judes children's hospital.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Devin. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I believe what makes me unique is my ambition. My drive to always want more and continue to push on to be something great. Be someone who can make a difference... make an impact... be remembered. Regardless of what it is whether it be football... managing an office... modelling...acting... playing connect four... I want to be the best. While it is a gift of never becoming complacent, it can also be a curse of never being satisfied. I am still trying to find my balance but in the meantime... whatever it may be... I'm going to work my hardest to be the best.
Devin, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My number one goal is to take care of my momma, so she doesn't have to work anymore. Both my parents are hardworking folks and did a great job providing me with a life well beyond their means and the chase to take care of them and especially my mom as they grow old is what drives me day in and day out. I was approached as a model when I moved to Tampa for a few local clothing brands and found I enjoyed the process and although I was terrified at first (sometimes still am) I knew it gave me that rush I missed from football. Things escalated from there, and I am excited to see where it takes me.
Who is your inspiration in life Devin? How do you stay inspired as Model?
My mother is always my biggest inspiration and best friend. She's always supported and loved me through all my ups and downs and continues to be one of the biggest reasons I will ever aspire to more.
We all make mistakes Devin; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
If we are talking about in general, I would just saw all the money I blew on reckless nonsense to impress people who could care less about me.... but if we are talking a specific instance, I had a DUI in college that was costly and hurt my folks.
Devin, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I think I am incredibly coachable and friendly despite most people telling me I come off as a cocky brat before speaking to me. The casting team from the TLC show even said I was a pleasure to work with and one of the easiest(coolest:) talents they've got to work with.,
Please tell us, Devin, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
During the week I am heavily regimented with work, fitness and my diet. I believe everyone needs the right balance between work and play. My family and friends are above all but spend little focus on my social life vs Carreer.
Devin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Most recently there was a conflict on work over an account in my office between two team members, and I was successful in defusing the issue over ownership and persuading both account reps to share commission percentage on the account due to the circumstances.
Devin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model.
Product Professional Accomplishment would be walking in Orlando Fashion Week.
Devin, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
I shot with Marvin Biename in Miami and was the first time I was introduced to Artistic Nude as a model. Def a little scary but if you focus on the actual art of the shoot instead of just being naked in weird positions.. you begin to see the beauty in it.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?*
Hustle.... but that's just if you want to be successful in life. Modelling is no diff... go to as many castings as you can... network with the right people... be confident... and keep in shape
Leo Restrepo... Marvin Biename