Beauty & Brains: Hey, Ms. Greene – how are you doing today?
Diana Greene: I’m doing good…
B&B: That’s good, that’s good… I read in your bio that your personality is similar to Amy Winehouse, correct? So, we believe that you’re “no, no good”…?
DG: I’m not all bad, but I have the kind of a party girl, fuck it attitude. When I wrote that I just felt that she has a wild girl, just-do-whatever-she-pleases, type of attitude. I’m like that, but I’m not the crackhead Amy Winehouse [laughs].
B&B: What got you interested in modeling?
DG: I had always had interest in it since I was young. I was always tall and what girl wouldn’t like to get dressed up and be pretty. I started modeling about last year. My favorite about doing this is that I get to travel to places like L.A. and Miami. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if I didn’t do modeling.
B&B: Are beautiful girls even admired in such place like Cleveland, also known as, Upset City?
DG: Pretty girls do get admired, but I feel like we get hated on more so. No one likes to see anyone doing anything positive for themselves in Cleveland or for Ohio, for that matter… There are a few people who appreciate a pretty girl when they see ‘em.
B&B: Maybe you can tell me better now that I’m not in Ohio anymore, but – why is Cleveland called ‘Upset City’…? No one’s happy?
DG: There are a lot of reasons… there are more haters than things to do. We don’t have a lot of sunshine. Everyone has a bad attitude, so everyone ends up complaining about what they can’t instead of making a change. I’m sitting outside thinking about what I would change. I would add more things to do. The industry and America, modeling and entertainment don’t pay any attention to us and I wish that would change.
B&B: You’re a – gasp – a '90s baby, correct?
DG: Yes… [Laughs] I was born in 1990.
B&B: So, who did you like, musically, when you were growing up?
DG: When I was growing up, my mom would play a lot of music with me. She’s always been playing music and even though she’s white, she listens to a lost of old school music. My father is Antiguan and I love to go to the Reggae Fest here in Ohio. I’m listening to this new band right now – and I don’t remember their name – but I listen to their CD heavy! They’re great though. It’s an all-girl’s band. They’re really good. I like everything, as far as music goes. I love M.I.A., too!
B&B: Ah, so no Chris Brown does it for you now, huh?
DG: Chris Brown… I can listen to him, but he’s not the greatest to me. He’s trendy and overrated. His songs are getting a little bit played out to me.
B&B: Since you didn’t get a chance to really see the highlight’s of hip-hop and R&B – how do you feel about all these rappers taking it back to the 80’s with dress and their music?
DG: I feel that it’s cool to a certain extent. There are a lot of things that you can be inspired from by the '80s, but I can’t say that I’m a fan of the trends. I don’t want to see a man in acid washed skinny-legged jeans. It’s cool. I’m 5’10” and I wouldn’t want to see a 6’4” man in skinny jeans. [Laughs]
B&B: They say that music is the soundtrack to the soul and you, yourself, have had plenty up’s and down’s in your life. What are two songs that would best describe the good things in your life and the bad?
DG: [Laughs] The good things, I’ll say, umm… I love that M.I.A. song, “Paper Planes.” It reminds me of good times with my friends and sharing great laughs. Another one that reminds me of a good time in my life would be Marvin Sapp “Never Would’ve Made It,” because I got through a lot of drama and that sums it up, right there. A bad song to play would be “Love Story” by Mariah Carey.
DG: I just broke up with my boyfriend and it reminds me of him. I’ll also say that another one is “I Need U” by Jazmin Sullivan. That’s the song – hmm… how can I say this? It was the song that this girl was sending to my ex and he ended up breaking up with me to be with her. Moved to New Jersey and all that… Ain’t that something?
B&B: Our readers will be disappointed that you didn’t have [funny song] on your list, yet even unhappier to find out that you have a boyfriend. Is it possible nowadays to have a successful relationship?
DG: I do feel that it is possible to have a successful relationship, but the things you have to sacrifice in order to make it successful is kind of different. I just got out of a long distance relationship and I believe that those don’t work. You have to be in person with the person. It’s one thing to trust someone, but it’s a lot to wholeheartedly trust someone. I think that it is possible, but it’s rare.
B&B: With modeling in Cleveland – what some others ways that you try to get your name out there?
DG: I plan on getting my degree in Occupational Therapy and then moving on to Graphic Designing in hopes to start my own business. I would like to make it out of Cleveland by creating opportunities for those in Cleveland. I am going to start modeling in Miami to push my career out there more. I don’t mean to be
B&B: It seems like every woman is dating an aspiring actor, rapper or ball player of some sorts – what should men look for in finding that special someone?
DG: Me. [Laughs] I think a guy should look for something that’s less dramatic. A lot of girls who are an aspiring something will already have their head pumped up and it’s not always about being the prettiest girl, but sometimes it’s all depending on what you want in your life and what makes you comfortable.
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