Paradise Inside Features Mariama Diallo.

“Paradise Inside” is a series curated during the 2020 covid-19 pandemic.

What started off as an exploration of digital creativity, became a breath of fresh air during lockdown. This then became a a project which enabled us to connect with models/influencers through FaceTime. “Paradise Inside” captures one in their own realm in the comfort of their home with interviews that further encourage a space of conversation of evaluation and hope.

Mariama Diallo.
Photography by Joel Smedley.
Creative Direction by Kiran Mariya.

“I’m spiritually renewed after this time away though physically I grow restless like everyone else. I’m realizing that the more I evolve spiritually, my physical withstanding grows and I become stronger in every sense.”

– Mariama Diallo.

What is keeping you motivated during this time?

What has kept me motivated has been the fact that I understand nothing lasts forever. I know this is temporary, therefore, why not be fully present and focus on what we can control. We won’t be in quarantine forever but what we do with this time can last long beyond quarantine. I have learned that when I stick to a schedule I tend to be more at peace and feel accomplished. I have been focused on my enterprises outside of modelling and expanding my horizons.

What have you learnt about yourself during this period?

My whole perspective on things has changed during this time. I have become more grateful and have learned to slow down and be more present.

With all of the fear and uncertainties going on in the world right now, I feel extremely blessed to have a roof over my head. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not all good days, but I’ve realized that this time off has been a time of healing for a lot of us. I have learned to slow down and have rediscovered hobbies I haven’t touched in years and have gained a deeper appreciation for the people in my life. I’ve drawn strength from my friends and family like never before and learned how strong my circle is.

I’m spiritually renewed after this time away though physically I grow restless like everyone else. I’m realizing that the more I evolve spiritually, my physical withstanding grows and I become stronger in every sense.

How has your relationship with your beauty routine changed, if it has, since quarantine has began?

When quarantine started I was basically doing a mask everyday, It was my way of feeling accomplished. However these days I leave my skin alone and let it breathe. I still do my day time and night time routine but now I take my time and truly enjoy the process. I’m working on expanding my hand in the skincare and beauty industry so this time to play with things and find new techniques is exciting for me! 

Once quarantine is over, what is the one thing you’d like do that you haven’t before?

Game night! Not immediately but as soon as it’s safe I would love to do a game night with my friends. Quarantine has deepened my appreciation for the relationships in my life. I truly miss my friends and our conversations. I want to cook tons of amazing soul food and have a night filled with laughter and soulful conversations with people I love. This has been an eye opening experience and I realize I love and depend on my friends to keep me sane.

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