Hello, My name is Cassia DeMayo, I’m an American, living in Århus, Denmark. Originally from Los Angeles, California. I do a few different things here in Denmark, I’m a jazz vocalist, I sing for festivals, weddings events, cafes etc. I also teach voice lessons, and I’m a curvy model.
How long have you been modeling?
I have been working as a model for 2 years now, but I got into modeling through my good friend plus model, Kelsey Olson. Back in 2008 she came to visit me in Seattle, Washington, where I was going to college. She was also in Seattle to meet with Heffner model management, with hopes of getting signed, long story short, she convinced me to join her, and we both got signed! So that was a great day! But, now I’m represented by Curve Model Management, in Germany and ModelBooking in Denmark.
How did having curves affect you growing up?
Well I think junior high is when I began to view my body and looks in a very negative way, which I think most of us do, boys included. It’s no fun when you aren’t what’s considered the “ideal,” and your only 13. Going to school felt like going through a war zone most of the time, always unsure of what comment would be said that day about your face, body, or clothes.
How did you accept your curves?
At 17 I started college (thank God) and felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when I saw the older girls who had curves, and rocking them, and not trying to hide them away. Also, the realization that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life hating my body, so I began to get inspired by other women who accepted themselves and who genuinely feel beautiful in their own skin.
I’m not going to lie and say that I still don’t struggle with the way I see my body and looks, but I’m definitely in a place now that I can feel sexy and beautiful without being, or striving to be skinny. I wish I could go back to the 13 year old me, and tell her just to be happy with herself. It’s a waste of time worrying about what others want you to be.
How do your curves affect you and help you in your career as a model?
My curves make me feel like a woman. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, my curves are my silent statement that yes, I to can wear this dress, I too can be admired, I too am the ideal woman. My curves are the only reason I can even model, so I appreciate and respect them.