A Celebration of Autumn with Sabey Dantsira

Showcasing the timelessness and femininity of our collection, model Sabey Dantsira plays with soft shapes and subtle details in a celebration of Autumn. She shares her inspiring story,
why she loves working with other women and the changes she hopes to see in the fashion industry.

I love working with a female-led team, because I can express myself in any way I want and be free of any judgment. Women just understand each other.

Hi Sabey! Could you let us know a bit more about yourself?

My name is Sabey. I am originally from Uganda, I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and now I am currently based in London.

How did you get into modeling?

In 2014, I competed for Miss Africa Utah and got signed to a small local modeling agency in Salt Lake City. I didn’t get a lot of work, so I started reaching out to photographers to shoot with, I also joined a couple of groups of models and photographers to do some freelance work. I still wasn’t getting anywhere, so I went on a hiatus and just focused on work and school.

In 2018, I decided to move to Oregon as I needed a change. I still wasn’t getting anywhere when I got to Oregon, and the first few months were hard. I didn’t know anyone there when I started working, but I knew I needed to meet more people. I decided to go on Instagram and follow a few photographers, and from there, I was able to work with some amazingly talented photographers and was instantly reminded of how much I loved being in front of the camera and being creative. I started freelancing again and collaborated with some amazing brands. I loved how supportive the Portland community is, especially when so many people believed and encouraged me to post my work on Instagram -

that’s when Kimberley Gordon, the founder of @Selkie asked me if I was a signed model and if I can be in her upcoming campaign. I was completely shocked when I flew to Los Angeles to shoot in her campaign. During that trip, I was then signed with Wilhelmina models shortly.

What do you like about working with a female-led team like DeMellier's?

I love working with a female-led team, especially DeMellier’s, because I can express myself in any way I want and be free of any judgment. I loved the encouragement from the team which makes my job as a model so much easier. It was a great experience overall as women just understand each other and the team’s energy was unmatched.

How has the pandemic changed the way you work? And what are the positive things you're taking away from it?

I had to get comfortable having casting calls on Zoom. It was hard at first, but I feel like it’s getting better, or at least that’s what I tell myself. I always try to remind myself that everyone is going through the same things in this pandemic, so I am thankful for every opportunity I get.

What changes do you hope to see within the modeling and fashion industry in terms of body representation?

The industry needs more body inclusivity and various body representation. I hope to see more brands featuring models of all shapes and sizes in the future.

What is one thing you do to celebrate your body?

I celebrate my body by being kind to myself, and I say positive affirmations every morning before I start my day.

What's your favourite style in DeMellier's collection?

It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say the Los Angeles with Braids - you can style it with anything!

What are the items you always carry with you in your handbag?

I always carry my keys, ID card, phone, hand cream, sanitizer, gum, mascara and lip gloss.