Diamond Orin - Wisconsin Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination & Photography by Tammy Schmitt Issue 34 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Diamond Orin is very inspiring because she had been bullied since sixth grade and continues to be, but she chooses to always find the positive out of a bad situation. She uses modeling to cope from all the negative and make it positive by being who she is and not letting anyone change that. She also swims which helps her cope with it and be able to help others in need throughout their troubles. She will continue to grow and inspire many young children, athletes, and even us adults to be ourselves and not let others break us down.
How did you cope with being bullied? I cope with being bullied by modeling, swimming and staying busy with my friends and family. During those times I can be myself, in my own world and do what I love best. I show who I am and who I want to be without letting anyone else’s opinion change that.
What advice do you have for other people who are currently being bullied & where you are today? Be yourself and don’t let the other people bring you down because they are not going to help you succeed in life; only you can do that. You are perfect just the way you are. Work hard and never give up on your dreams. It may not be easy or exactly what you want but just getting a small opportunity means so much. The small opportunities open the chance for the big ones. Continue doing what you love to do because it will show the haters you are unstoppable. An example is I get a lot of negative comments from track (jumping and sprinting) but instead of quitting I kept doing what I love and I have gotten the opportunity to go represent the USA in Australia next year for track and field!
What does it mean to you knowing you are such an inspiration to others? It means a lot to know I am an inspiration to others as it gives me high hopes that I am loved and can encourage others in the world, and learn from them too! I love to know that I can help others going through the same things as me.
When did you get started modeling and what do you love so much about doing it? I started modeling in sixth grade and my favorite thing about it was that I could be myself behind the camera and not have to pretend I’m someone I’m not. I can truly express who I am through the lens.
Tell me more about you swimming. When did you start and how does it help you cope with everything going on in your life? I started Freshman year in gym class and then decided to join the team after I was approached by the coaches. Swimming helps me cope with any negative energy I come across because I am in my own world and can let go of all the negative energy by the haters through practice and races. I use the energy to push myself harder to do better and prove the haters wrong.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? Gaining confidence is the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished. I did it by believing in myself and listening to my parents every time they said, “Stay Strong” and “We love you.” I knew who I wanted to be and that was to be my true self so I continued to do that every day by loving myself.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? My plans for the future is to travel the world and inspire others. I want to work with children and also be a public speaker to help others get through what I went through.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I enjoy hanging with my family as they see the true me and push me to be myself every day.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I like to use a binder and make lists of what I have to do and have to get done. In the binder is my schedule, my to do list, and some extra stuff I would like to do so I don’t feel overwhelmed with the main things on my plate.
3 Things on your bucket list Three things on my bucket list is go to Paris, inspire others, and go to Disney
Who do you find inspiring? I find my mom inspiring as she has taught me to be myself and to not let what the bullies say get to me. She has taught me to love life every day and live life to the fullest. To remind myself of who I am from the inside out.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I think I am inspiring to others because I go through a lot of things that many others are today, but I don’t sugar coat it. It is truly bad, but instead of letting it break me down I use it to help tell my story and help others in the same situation as me.
Diamond will be featured in issue 34 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!