Lailanni Hussein: when beauty meets passion for art
July 25, 2016
Young and talented Lailanni Hussein gives us a glimpse into modeling life of LA woman, her strength to succeed in the business and her love for drawing and tattoos.
JQ: How did you enter the modeling world?
Modeling was never something I wanted to pursue. I originally was planning to become a flight attendant so I could have a career traveling the world daily. My friend that goes to college had asked me if I could be there photography subject for a class project they had. She basically just wanted to practice her skills. Of course, I said yes and I realized during the shoot that posing for pictures had come very naturally for me. Like I didn't really have to think about my body language or, remind myself about the setting I was in. I just automatically know what to do and the pictures came out amazing.
JQ: What are modeling pros and cons?
I would say that trying to pursue modeling in Los Angeles absolutely has its pro and cons.
First to say that there are a lot of people who want to model now. Everyone wants to be on this spectrum of the entertainment industry which is why they come to Los Angeles to get discovered. It's very easy to now due to the amount of technology and social media we are exposed to. Therefore competition is everywhere here. Luckily, there are so many different personalities and characters here, so you can fall into a category and decide the type of model you want to be and the kind of content you choose to deliver.
A benefit in being based in LA is that it's easy to branch out. It's easy to get connections to other people that can help and support you to move up. And definitely the more people you know, the more opportunities that are offered to you. (Make sure to keep good relations with everyone you meet).
JQ: What’s your goal in career?
Besides from modeling, I really do enjoy art. I would also like to think of myself as a creator. I love to draw: I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. My family saw the potential I had for drawing back when I was 5 years old. I used to draw the blueprints to the house I lived in and was able to layout the rooms and the furniture. I've grown as an artist over the years by getting into realism. I'm really into figurative art and painting/drawing portraits. Asides from modeling, I really want to pursue a career as a tattoo artist. I love the concept of being able to express yourself by using your body as the canvas. Every piece tells a story or possesses some type of meaning. Being able to use my skill and pursue my passion every day would be worthwhile.
JQ: What’s on your playlist now?
As of music, I'm very picky with what I listen to, but I listen to many different genres due to my mood. What I'm currently listening to on a daily basis is R&B infused pop, hip-hop alternative, and electronic. Artist like Alina Baraz, The Internet, SZA, Kali Uchis, and Melanie Martinez. And sometimes Death Grips and Run the Jewels. I really dig the style because it’s soothing and different. I'm not too fond of anything that is on the radio. As of movies, I love comedies, action, and animation. I'm not a big fan of horror or chick flicks (romance).
JQ: How would you describe yourself in a sense of peculiarity in comparison with other modes?
What I believe makes me different from other models would definitely be my look. When looking at models in a magazine, you often see the standard tall, very lean, blonde, blue eyed, baby doll with sex appeal or are very fashion forward. As of me, I really do like to express myself as a unique androgynous character. I'm petite, with very long hair. I could pass as an African American, Native American, or Pacific Islander types of roles. Also with having my tattoos and piercings; they can help make me pass as a badass "rocker chick" if I wanted. I believe that having a variety of perceptions I very beneficial when trying to book work.
JQ: I see you have some tattoos on your body. Any story behind that?
I knew when I was very little that I wanted to modify my body. I wanted both tattoos and piercings for the longest time. I believe seeing my dad walk around with an eagle on his shoulder all my life definitely influenced me. I now have several pieces that I personally hand drew to make sure were unique. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 years old. I decided to get a tribal dragon on my ribs going down my side. The dragon, hands down, is my favorite mythical creature. Knowing that they symbolize strength and determination would also come in relation to my personality. I'm a go-getter when I come to do things that I want. My other favorite piece is the two roses on my left shoulder. I decided to get those when I was 17, a senior in high school. I knew that I wanted to get some sort of flower tattoo to express my growth as a person. My 12th-grade year is when I had decided to take a step back and actually look at the big picture. The picture about the kind of life I wanted to have and the kind of person I wanted to become. I became more open-minded and understanding of other ideas. I decided that I didn't want to be like anybody else and do things that genuinely made me happy. I didn't let the opinions of others tear me down or influence me to think any other way. At that time I knew that I had blossomed as a person. As for piercings, I am very fearless. Due to me having a high pain tolerance I was able to do the majority of my piercings on myself and I have no regrets for choosing to do so. I have 9 piercings total. (Ears, nose, double belly rings, back dermals, and nipples). I do hope in the future to be getting inked and pierced again but I'm holding off at the moment.
JQ: Any role models in your life?
My biggest role model would have to be my dad. He is very kind, wise, and humble old man. He likes to think outside the box and push the limit. I believe it is why he's been so successful and is living a happy life. He lives by a motto: whenever you come across an opportunity, grab it! You'll regret it if you don't because you have nothing to lose.
JQ: For someone so determent and talented as you, I assume you already set up goals for yourself. Am I right?
A project (goal) that I have is to do a photo shoot at every world wonder with the best photographers out there.
JQ: Give us your experience on LA living.
Benefits: there is always something to do because there is constantly stuff happening. For example: can always find a new restaurant (variety of food), la is surrounded by beaches, the live shows and events in the city, the hiking trails in the valley, etc. Also the weather.
Dislikes: TRAFFIC! Expensive living.