Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Dalessandro.
Hi Christina, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
At age 9 I was first diagnosed with scoliosis, and for me, it was very isolating. I had always looked up others with scoliosis and supermodel Martha Hunt was somebody who really stood out to me! Her confidence really influenced my start of modeling at age 15.
At 15 I had begged my mother to take me to get headshots taken, and from there I started on my journey.
I made absolutely 0 progress until about age 17 when I booked my first paid job. Before then it was a ton of rejection and I took that time to learn more about the industry!
Fast forward to 2020, I had my spine fused together and I thought my career was over because it was so terribly hard to walk for some time, and I was out of the modeling game for about 7 months.
Although it took some time and a lot of struggles to re-learn posture, walking, and especially runway walking, I booked my first NYFW SS22 season walking 3 shows! Since then, I have been climbing an upwards hill towards working more frequently with my agencies!
I am so thankful to work in such a phenomenal industry where the opportunities are endless, and there is always room to grow!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey has not always been a smooth road. The modeling industry comes with a ton of rejection!
The main struggle for me is dealing with my spinal fusion/scoliosis. At times it can be challenging to maintain great posture as well as keeping my runway walk!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I believe that you can make a living doing what you love with a little bit of faith and determination!!! I would say I am most known for my global advertisement campaigns for IL Makiage, as well as my New York Fashion Week runway shows.
I am most proud of the connections I build on set, and I think what sets me apart is my ability to adapt to whatever set needs!
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Advice I have for finding a mentor/networking would be: do NOT be afraid to reach out to people or say hello in person or via email, LinkedIn, or any social networks!
I think the worst thing I have done is not reach out when I’ve wanted to, because I have missed a few amazing opportunities!
The best thing I have done when looking for a mentor was investing in myself by taking courses, and by reaching out to people to see what they have done too! I always try to build connections with others and grow my network.