DSPORT: Hello and welcome to First Date. Let’s start by finding a little bit about where you’re from.
Danielle: I’m just a small town girl that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where I’ve lived most of my life. I was actually born in San Jose and I recently moved to San Diego for school, but I’ve spent most of my life in the Bay.
DSPORT: How did you start modeling and how did you get into the import scene?
Danielle: Modeling was something that my family wasn’t too supportive of in the beginning. When I was seventeen, I decided that I was ready to start making my own decisions so I just went ahead and started booking jobs. After a while, my mom started supporting me and now my family is my biggest fan and supporter. As far as the import scene, I had a few friends that produced carbon-fiber parts that asked me to be in their booth at a HIN event in 2009. I met a lot of contacts in the industry on that day and my import modeling career just grew from there.
DSPORT: Has modeling allowed you travel to exotic or faraway places outside of the United States?
Danielle: There are so many places to visit but the region I love the most is Europe. While I was there, I had a chance to visit France, Spain and England. There’s something enchanting about Europe. I love the architecture, the history, the different cultures and the food. By far my most favorite place in Europe is London, but I just love traveling – anywhere, any time.
DSPORT: Jolly-good times, then. When you’re not traveling, how do you occupy the rest of your time?
Danielle: That’s sort of a funny story. When I was just out of high school and into community college, I experienced a moment of clarity and decided that I wanted my career to be something that I loved so I enrolled and completed cosmetology school. After working as a cosmetologist for a year, I missed being in school. So I re-enrolled and transferred into UCSD for Business with an emphasis in Marketing. So, aside from being a full-time student and having a full-time job, I don’t really have very much spare time.
With that said, whenever I do have time, I love to go to the beach since it’s right around the corner from school. I’m a hardcore foodie, too, so I love to cook and try all different types of food. Since I love to eat so much, I try to go to the gym to work it all off too. I’ll do anything that involves being active or being outdoors.
DSPORT: Well, it certainly looks like your workouts are paying off. What kind of business would you like to run when you graduate?
Danielle: I’m really fascinated by the marketing aspect of business, not so much running the business. The idea of coming up with a company name, creating a logo, establishing branding and everything else involved with marketing a company and its product is really interesting. Modeling has really had an influence on my interest and understanding that side of business, so I’m grateful for that.
DSPORT: It sounds like there really is a brain behind the pretty face. Do you have any parting words for DSPORT readers?
Danielle: First I want to thank DSPORT for giving me the opportunity to be on the cover. I also want to thank my family who have been very supportive of me and my modeling career. Last but not least, I want to thank all of my fans for their continued support. Much love!