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WOW MAGAZINE| 5
By Roslyn Carrington
Photo by Elise Romany Photography
Makeup by Tyler Andrews
LIKE A LOT OF GIRLS, Danielle Romany-Koo wanted to be
Miss Universe when she grew up. "Since I knew myself, I
used to watch Miss Universe on television. My first judging
panel was at home. I did not win the first rounds! Every
time I saw a glimmer of hope, the head judge (my mother)
would always decline."
Unlike many girls, she actually did something about it. "One
year, I decided I needed to have a modelling background. I
begged and begged my mother." That year, by the way, was
her thirteenth, so her mother was, understandably, scepti-
cal. "It wasn't something she wanted me exposed to very
young, but I fought it!" She laughs at the memory of her
mother's eventual cave-in. "We found out about Richard
Young's school, Mannequins, and she enrolled me."
But as she grew older, her eyes shifted from the glittering
title of Most Beautiful Woman in the Universe to more
solid endeavours, which would serve her in the long term.
She obtained her degree in Marketing from the University
of the Southern Caribbean, and immediately applied her ed-
ucation to her business. "The end product is always sales;
the client wants to see results."
"I started teaching people how to model and present them-
selves. I taught them it was not about how to walk, how to
model; it was about presenting themselves in a certain way.
Presentation is very important in life. If you want to be re-
spected, and treated in a certain way, you need to present
yourself, whatever you do."
For the last five years, she has run her own company, Bliss
Model Management Agency, which supplies models for
companies who need armies of pretty smiles to promote
products ranging from new drinks to toiletries and cosmet-
ics. "Before, we supplied models for fashion shows or ad-
vertisements, but over the past few years, we've been
focusing on the promotion side. It's the side that has picked
up really well."
Her skills go beyond organisational, however; Romany-Koo
has quite an eye for design; she also designs and produces
the uniforms worn by the promotional models. This with-
out ever having gone to design school. "Being in modelling
from a very young age, I'd see different designs, feel the dif-
ferent material. I didn't want to just be the mannequin, and
walk on the stage; I paid attention to the design, how a de-
signer would wrap something, the feel of the fabric, how
they put their pieces together. I used that to leverage what
I do right now."
Her enjoyment of her role didn't make her blind to the pit-
falls of the modelling world. "I quickly understood what a
fast-paced, hostile environment could do to an impression-
able teen." But good sense, good upbringing, and the hand
of God helped her avoid the pitfalls.
Would she allow a child of her own, at age 13, to enter the
modelling life in this day and age? After much pondering,
she replies, "If a child just wanted to do something, with no
reason behind it, I'd say she wasn't ready for it. But if she is
determined that her life should take a certain direction, I'd
have no problem with that."
One of the major pitfalls in the modelling life, which at some
point faces many models, is the idea of nudity. "A lot of
models shy away from that; that's not our culture to ex-
pose ourselves. In different parts of the world, it's their cul-
ture. But when T&T models and photographers try to put
themselves out there with the rest of the world, the ques-
tion comes up. That's the reality of it. It all depends on what
you can handle. You will eventually be placed in a position
where you have to ask yourself, 'Do I want to further my
career and take this shot? Or do I step back and say, this is
not the right thing for me?'"
When not working, the newlywed is busy "learning how to
be a wife." "My family is my backbone." She also relies on
God for support and guidance. "If you have to do what your
heart desires, a certain direction you want to go in life, de-
termination is everything. But you have to pray about it,
whatever God you serve. I can't tell you how much I prayed
before I made that decision to leave my 8-4 job to go out
there and 'find' my money. I started this business at 19, so
I thought I had nothing to lose."
Her WOW cover shoot represents her first shoot in a long
time, an experience she describes as nerve-wracking. "It's
exciting, but I'm enjoying it."
As for Bliss, it remains God-guided and family supported.
"Remember my 'first head judge'? As long as God contin-
ues to bless me, together with the support from her, the
rest of my extremely critical family, and my wonderful hus-
band, there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. I
have my vision and I'm living my dream. That's good
enough for me."
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