Lisa D’Amato first came into the public eye as a participant on the 5th cycle of the television series Americas Next Top Model where she placed 6th, eventually going on to win Cycle 17, the All Star Cycle. After ANTM, D’Amato signed with L.A Models and L.A. Talent which resulted in her starring in major ad campaigns such as Black Chandelier, Lemonade Magazine, Elle Girl Magazine, Old Navy, Vogue Italia and so many more. Check out my interview with the fabulous Lisa D’Amato!
1. What inspired you to become a model?
Money, glamour, and to escape my home life which had a ton of abuse. I started modeling when I was 12 years old and my hopes were that it’d give me wings and fly me far far away.
2. What was your experience like on America’s Next Top Model?
It was wonderful, horrible, amazing, disappointing, toxic-I felt betrayed. It was glamorous, overwhelming, and yet totally fun too! Reality tv is a beast and really you can’t blame it for being one. It’s about drama and ratings, instigating scenarios good or bad, so you feel every emotion while on that roller coaster. My 1st cycle was way more cruel the way they produced it but my All-Star cycle was….actually just as cruel but not to me. Lol
3. How did being on the show change your life?
The show changed my life in good ways and bad.
I got tons of exposure, and got fame which is something I thought I always wanted. Since I had been modeling for over a decade and traveled the world already before going on my 1st season, it actually limited my modeling jobs after because the way they edited my personality made it a bit hard. They only showed one-side of myself which in turn only made edgy brands want to hire me. I became more of a tv personality rather than just a “model” which I actually liked because I truly loved performing more…music, and more tv was much more appealing to me. But, what I don’t like coming from a show like ANTM is the vanity aspect. As I get older, I find that my followers and fans are so superficial and they only truly enjoy if I post pics of my makeup or fashion…I just wish they appreciated and was interested in all the other parts of ourselves that we offer. We just live in a very vein superficial world I guess. And now look, my son LOVES the camera just like me…so until he doesn’t anymore I’ll help him on his way. If he wants to stop we’ll stop.
4. Is there any kind of modeling you wouldn’t do?
The question is “was”? Not really. Everything just depended on the way it was shot.
5. Do you have a favorite photo shoot you’ve done?
Tons of favorites! Tons!!
6. What are you currently doing now?
I own my own business with my husband called Up In Smoke Shop. I got a book deal that I’m working on. I’m starting a new business and lucky to be working with Genimex and bringing my baby product inventions to life. Having a big social media release this summer. I also have an 8 month old son along with my son Daxel. I’m a full-time mama all while running our house with my husband for shoots which is the Hollywood Castle.
7. What is your nutrition like to keep your figure? Any go-to favorites?
I eat VERY healthy. Lots of organization c proteins and veggies. My favorite snack is chips which is not something I can eat on the reg to maintain my figure so I make parmesan chips and go nuts! They are my fav- no carbs.
8. What do your workouts consist of?
One hour of cardio, one of hour of weight training 4 days a week. I’m a serious gym rat.
9. What’s your favorite quote?
“Don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do”
“Don’t talk about it. Be about it”
“Pick your battles”
10. What advice would you give to an aspiring model?
It’s suppose to be fun. If you aren’t having fun…do something more fulfilling.
If all you want to do in your life is model….I think you need to look into yourself more…it should be used as a tool to get to do other things in the industry. But mostly have fun! It is true the fashion and make-up is FUN! Don’t take it so seriously.
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