She’s the girl from Long Island, NY, who’s walked for Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney and danced mid-runway with Bruno Mars. With that covetable cut, infectious smile and achingly cool style, she’s got one name only and it’s one we won’t forget. Meet our December Face – Dilone.
At 22 she’s taken to the runway for Victoria’s Secret and Chloé, faced campaigns for Coach and Versace, and has been lensed by industry heavyweights like Patrick Demarchelier, Cass Bird and Steven Meisel. Want to get her dancing? Anything by Missy Elliott brings out her groove, and when she’s out to have fun: “Karaoke!”
“My full name is Janiece Altagracia Dilone but I just go by Dilone. It’s not ‘Mary’ like some articles I’ve read have said. Where do people get this from anyway?”
“My parents came from the Dominican Republic and settled on Long Island. I’m one of 10. Six girls, four boys.”
With Dominican roots, her big family extends beyond her nine siblings: “My mom is one of 18 and my father is one of 12. So I have lot of cousins I also grew up with. There was always someone to talk to, dance with, create chaos with.” On a New York afternoon we captured her being nothing but herself: laughing, grooving, and serving up the trademark smile that had us hooked from the start.
“My family and I are extremely close. I thank them for the good head on my shoulders and strong work ethic.”
PHOTOGRAPHY Max Papendieck @ ABTP Agency
FASHION Melissa Levy
MODEL Dilone @ DNA Models
HAIR Benjamin Muller using REDKEN
MAKEUP Stoj Bulic @ Streeters using Laura Mercier
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS JP Herrera and Lubo Golic
STYLIST’S ASSISTANTS Raymond Gee and Alexa Levine