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Meet Dali, a model, flight attendant and costume/fashion designer. This gorgeous triple threat wowed us with her story as well as her story, along with her beautiful shots from abroad.
Keep reading to hear more about Dali's life as a flight attendant and designer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself- what do you do? What are ou passionate about?
I was born and raised in Miami. My parents are both from Trinidad & Tobago, and I hold my culture near and dear to my heart. I am a flight attendant with a US-based airline and am lucky that my career of choice is in line with my passion for travel.
Outside of that, I have a passion for designing. I have designed carnival costumes since 2006 for Miami Carnival. Last year, I decided to take my talents to Trinidad for Carnival 2020 with my Monday wear designs. Also, I've started the process of selling women's business casual and semi casual attire through my company, Dali B’wear.
I am excited to take my company to the next level in the near future. Look out for the launch date in the fall!
Within the past few months, I’ve also found a passion for vlogging my travels and have started a YouTube channel, Dali B. TV.
What's your favorite thing about being a flight attendant? What's something people would be surprised to know about flight attendants?
I love the freedom I have with my schedule, and not knowing where I’ll end up at times makes it that much more interesting. There are times I’m on a long layover in Aruba with an amazing oceanfront view or in London at a party with friends. I can also end up in Detroit in the dead of winter stuck at the hotel or in Los Angeles on New Years' day, stuck in the airport (true story). I have to take the good with the bad, but thankfully, the good outweighs that by a long shot.
Most people are surprised to learn that flight attendants are primarily there for their safety and we’re not there to just serve them a diet coke and a cookie. Our initial training is about 90% safety-related. You can rest assured that flight crews are trained to save individuals in the rare event there is an emergency. Our duty is to make sure everyone gets from point A to point B in one piece, just like we'd like to make it home safely.
Trinidad Carnival inspired me to design. In my 8th grade year in middle school, there was a standardized test that was needed in order to graduate. My mom would go to Trinidad for carnival every year and she knew I wanted to go. She bribed me with a trip the following year if I passed the test on my first try. Needless to say, I passed. Once exposed to the costumes and the designs, I was in awe. I came back to Miami inspired and took up a sewing elective class the following year in high school. Thankfully, the rest of that story is still playing out.
I’m working on creating multiple streams of income within the next 5 years. Amid our current situation, it’s a reminder that we do not have all of the time in the world and it has motivated me more than ever to reach my goals. Of the goals I had set out for myself, I'm finding that there is so much more I want to accomplish. This pandemic has been a blessing and a curse, all in one.
Where to Find Dali
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