Today we’d like to introduce you to Bella Dee.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Some people might know me as bbx.951. When I first started to go to car shows, I would go as a spectator. In the beginning, people would ask me to take pictures with their car. I met a lot of people doing that including some photographers. My first big break was in December 2016 when I landed the cover of Funk Freaks Street Funk volume 2 vinyl record. As my love for car shows continued, I attended more and more of them. I’ve traveled everywhere between San Diego and Ventura counties. In May 2018, I was on the cover of Glasshouse Edition magazine. From there I’ve become more well-known amongst the Chicano and Lowrider community. Now, my image has been used in more than just photography. I’ve been in multiple music videos, tattoos, and various art pieces. Right now, I have my own clothing line in the works. I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for me!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, this has been the time of my life but not every day is easy. Putting yourself out there to the public you face a lot of criticism. But you have to be able to take it. My advice to anyone who aspires to become a lowrider model is to be confident. Walk in like you run the show but ALWAYS remain humble. Respect yourself and others. When you go to a show be friendly. There’s more to a show than just the cars. You’ll meet plenty of amazing people with unbelievable stories. They’ll make you feel like part of the family.
Please tell us about your work.
I love anything old school. The music, the way people dressed & how things were different than how they are now. I’m definitely influenced by the 1960s all the way through the 90s. I think my style is unique, it’s old school with my own flavor to it. I’m classy but with a little bit of hood. When I model I wear the clothes that I wear any other day, there’s no faking the funk. I love modeling because I get to be myself & people like me for it.
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Absolutely fall in love with yourself. Be your biggest supporter, be your own friend first. Build yourself to be who you want to be. But remember you’re not perfect and you will never be. Be able to accept criticism. If you want something works for it, go get it!
Personal Photo – @tsmphotography (blue strapless), @barrioframes, @osuna_photography92, @rest_easy, @oldschool_mentality, @lifeoftheslownlow, my mama