Captured By Benjo Arwas

No other model has walked as many runways, graced as many editorials or been featured in as many history-making projects such as Alpha. He recently spoke to GLARE to discuss his Alpha Dia Foundation,the first place he’d want to go when it’s safe again to travel and go out, as well as the biggest change he has experienced in the last two years…

Glare: Alpha Dia in 5 words…
Alpha: Senegal, Africa, Family, Generosity, Fun…

Glare: What’s the first place you’d want to go when it’s safe again to travel and go out?
Alpha: I definitely would like to go home to Senegal or to book a job in a place I’ve never been to before. 

Glare: If our industry didn’t exist, what do you think you’d do for a living?
Alpha: I think it would definitely be something new and innovative. I have not made up my mind yet as I love what I am doing right now. 

Glare: What’s your work-from-home style?
Alpha: Joggers on the couch, sometimes a quick basketball game to keep energy high. I easily find distraction at home.

Glare: Can you please tell us more about the Alpha Dia Foundation?
Alpha: I was born in Senegal, which is in West Africa. Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility and we are working together with partners to offer quality services with a focus on positive results for children and families. As the Coronavirus is attacking our everyday lives all around, the main goal is to offer assistance to those who need it most. Even under normal circumstances, many families in Senegal are forced to survive on a minimum wage. The pandemic causes further problems. The idea is to offer help to those in need by at least addressing their nutritional needs.

Glare: When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?
Alpha: One of those moments was definitely walking for L’Oréal on the Champs Élysée in Paris in front of a public couple of years ago. The cast including Doutzen Kroes, Jane Fonda, Maria Borges, Lena Meyer-Landrut.

Glare: What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field?
Alpha: There is not much I can do to get booked except for being the best version of myself on set. I like to see clients booking me again because if the client wants me back it shows me that I’m progressing.

Glare: What has been your biggest challenge as a model of color?
Alpha: As an African that grew up in Europe, I was always facing ignorance and racism which has made me super sensitive about the topic. Many times as a black person you are confronted with people not knowing anything about your background and that mostly turns to ignorance. 

Glare: Who or what has been your major influence?
Alpha: My family! The fact that, no matter what, I have a family that will forever open their arms to me, that makes me go to the limit to chase my dreams.

Glare: What’s the biggest change you’ve experienced in the last 02 years?
Alpha: My growth, especially spiritual, and being more aware of my body and mental status

Glare: If you could tell your former self one thing right now what would it be?
Alpha: Im absolutely happy that I was always one who never gave up his identity. I try to stay true to myself, no matter what.

CREDITS:

Captured by Benjo Arwas @ Seen Artists
Creative Director: Andre’ Adkins

via video cam series

04.15.20