Photos by Whitney Michelle Smith
Bella Donna first showed up on our radar after a chance meeting in Brooklyn. She immediately became a muse for Belle en Argent, because she is true to herself and unapologetically free. Bella moves with such spunk, it’d be hard to convince us that anyone who met her didn’t adore and admire her. She’s currently modeling in shoots around the United States, but her home base is Kansas City.
We played Two Truths and a Lie with Bella Donna! .....You probably know the rules, but here is a quick refresher--Below, Bella Donna gave us two true fun facts, as well as one that's made up. See if you can guess which one is the lie! View the answer at the bottom of her interview.
My first modeling job was when I was 9 months old
I am a great cook and love trying new recipes
At one point my family had 11 pets
List your favorite social media handles to follow
Best of my Insta feed:@katinnyc @corwinprescott @jenmsenn @cheads @sticksandstones @filthymouthcreative @thetylershields
Model Coach and Assistant Buyer
When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
I went to school for Fashion Marketing and Management and got a job in buying after graduating. I just recently started offering model coaching and have found I really enjoy sitting down with girls and new models and giving them tips and advice.
What projects are you working on now?
Honestly during any given month I have 10-20 shoots. I'm always working on new things with different photographers to keep the creative energy flowing.
What is your dream project? Or dream collaboration?
A dream project of mine would include shooting with "wild" animals. I was raised in a very animal friendly household and love animals with all my heart. Doing a magical shoot with animals like a tiger, bear, reindeer, fox, elephant, etc, etc, would be a dream come true!List 3 accomplishments you are most proud of
I got flown out to California to hike in the mountains around Mammoth Lakes for two days and shoot.
Walked in a show during New York Fashion Week.
When someone recognizes me in public from my work. Not necessarily an accomplishment but it feels damn good!
Who is your favorite character from a movie?
I don't watch a lot of movies but I know who my favorite TV character is! Linda Belcher from Bobs Burgers. She and I connect on a spiritual level, in addition to me pretty much being that character. My friends are constantly calling me Linda XD
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
Stop giving so much of a f*** what other people think. If you are happy doing something then do it!
What is your favorite makeup product?
Eyeliner. My daily makeup is just simple winged liner and that's it. I've been using the same kind of eyeliner since high school because I'm afraid to try something different and not be able to do a clean wing anymore!
If you had one shot at a red carpet event what type of look would you go for?
This is awful but I honestly have no idea. I've been looking at this question for 20 minutes now and still don't have an answer.
Who do you admire and why? (this can be someone you know or a public figure)
I admire all the models out there who are speaking up and helping put an end to abuse in the industry. We have to work together and support each other.
Which is the lie?
I am a great cook and I love trying new recipes