When asked about how the photoshoot for these pages went, the lanky 1.82m model laughs and sheepishly admits that she only slept two hours the night before. Diya has just completed her first year as a business student – she enrolled at Baruch College to study marketing after three years of full-time modelling. She returned home last March, but continued her studies via online classes. The time difference between Singapore and New York means that her schedule is often upended, but Diya is committed to this juggling act.
“Now, I have goals that don’t just pertain to modelling, which feels really nice, because when that was the only thing I did, there was so much pressure. It was almost turning something that I loved into something that I disliked because I was so stressed out about booking jobs.
“Modelling is still my priority, and it’s going to be for a very long time to come. But at least, for now, it’s not my only thing.”
She might have gotten her start in this career by chance (she had wanted to become an investment banker), but nine years later, this home-grown model cannot imagine her life going any other way.