Photographer: Jerome Dupont
Model: Deidra Bell
Designer: Deidra Bell
Mua: Larissa Gumbs Of Artistry by Larissa.
Grip: Jabari Harrigan & Jeronnie Fleming
Location: Anguilla, B.W.I
Published In: Elléments Magazine • Swimsuit Issue 2017 – Book One
What better way to launch your swimwear line, than to have one of the island’s top photographers capture your moment and have it published! Our feature is Swimwear Designer and Model, Ms. Deidra Bell. Jerome Dupont Photography was very fortunate to shoot the island’s newest swimwear designer, who is now featured in Elléments Magazine. For Deidra, the road to this moment wasn’t an easy one. It is a story of hard work, passion, disappointments and triumphs. “From 2009, I was interested in being a swimwear model, however, I thought my height was an issue,” says Deidra. “After countless times of trying to apply to agents online and being unsuccessful, I thought it best to really push harder towards my dream with not only being the designer of my brand, but also the campaign model behind the brand.”
Deidra wowed Jerome Dupont Photography’s team with her swimwear. What makes it even more commendable, is the fact that it is just her first year! Deidra believes that she can make her mark in the industry and we won’t doubt her. “My reason behind designing my own line is because I totally love swimwear and think my taste in design can greatly impact the fashion industry,” Deidra proudly remarks. Her line was to be featured in Anguilla’s ‘Swim Week 2017’ but unfortunately for Deidra, her designs were not completed in time. Instead, Deidra chose to take the time to fully complete her swimwear line. It is her hope to have it completed by December 2017.
Fortunately for JDP, we were able to capture a few pieces from her Patriot line, geared towards the celebration of Anguilla’s 50th Anniversary. Deidra is no stranger to JDP. In fact, Deidra met lead photographer, Jerome Dupont, a few years before. “I actually met Jerome during one of the most festive times of the year which was August Monday. He introduced himself to me as a photographer and told me he would like for us to collaborate. It was not until a few years later that I actually got to work with him to do my birthday shoot.” Why did she choose JDP? “Jerome’s work is very high quality and he delivers in a timely manner. During shoots with him, he gives pointers to ensure the outcome is priceless.” Deidra continued by saying, “Jerome made it his business to know what look I was going for. He also was the stylist for my shoot. His taste in fashion is superb, which is why there was no doubt in my mind that he would be the best person to work with to showcase my Patriot line to Anguilla and the rest of the world.”
What an honor it has been for us at Jerome Dupont Photography, to facilitate this occasion. Deidra’s “Patriot” swimwear line features the national colors of Anguilla, as a tribute to the essence of the beautiful island. The orange represents endurance, unity and strength. The white symbolizes peace and tranquility. The turquoise represents the surrounding sea as well as faith, youth and hope. A beautiful combination of colors, symbolism and Deidra’s talent creates a stunning product for the world to witness. JDP applauds Ms. Bell on her contribution and we wish her much success in the fashion industry. It was indeed a pleasure.
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