Rising model Janiece Dilone is styled by Helen Broadfoot in ‘A New Adventure’, lensed by Sonia Szóstak in Morocco for Porter Edit, May 3, 2019./ Hair by James Rowe; makeup by Dariia Day
Emma Sells sits down with Dilone in to talk her own life adventure. The daughter of Dominican Republican immigrants — number eight in a linup of ten siblings— goes by her surname now. “I talk to my mom every single day,” she says. “I love her so much. My parents are both so hard-working and I’m so grateful for them because I have such a great work ethic because of them.” Only her family, her girlfriend, and early-modeling friends call her Janeice.
As is the case with so many models, navigating the industry has not always been easy.
“You know Bella [Hadid] said to me, ‘It’s so crazy, Dilone, because when we started three years ago we both came in with such high energy and then we had our depressed state,’” she says. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God, was it actually obvious?’ Because there was a second where I was like, okay, I’m really trying to please way too many people in this industry. You start off and you think you can work with every client, you can do everything, but you’re not going to appeal to everyone. And that kind of shattered my confidence for a little bit.”
Being a fashionista doesn’t float Dilone’s boat. “I’m less focused on clothes and more about things that are going to feed my soul,” she says. An accomplished dancer, she teaches dance to Brooklyn teens at the Urban Dove Charter School. She’s taking acting lessons and — btw — she’d like to open a foster home for kids.
As for her sexuality, like so many younger people, Dilone considers to be bisexual, although she currently has a girlfriend. And she’s not interested in making this fact that focus of her interview. Nor does she want to be defined as a queer woman. Better to talk about her yoga mat and meditation. You want details? Ask Dilone about the wondrous benefits of meditation.