Singer/ actress, Diamond White covers our Millennial Issue, with a stylish, ’90s-themed editorial spread, photographed by Marcelo Cantu. Read our interview with the beautiful starlet, below, and grab your copy of the issue, here.
This multi-talented 18-year-old is leading a new wave of millennial It girls! From singing on Fox’s X Factor to starring in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, Diamond White has certainly made her mark on the industry—and she’s just warming up! Read on to find out what’s next for the rising superstar.
MOD: Tell us a little about your background in Detroit. What was it like transitioning to life in Los Angeles?
Diamond: My life in Detroit was short-lived because I started traveling at such a young age. I don’t remember much, except going to the first and second grade. Transitioning wasn’t that big of a deal because of all of the traveling, but the contrast between Detroit and Los Angeles is crazy, so for me it didn’t take much, but for my mom it was a lot.
MOD: You started singing pretty early, touring with The Color Purple & competing on X Factor. How’d you develop the confidence to perform on such a grand scale at such a young age?
Diamond: I’ve been wanting to perform and sing in front of people since I came out of the womb, so having the confidence to be on stage at a young age was more of me just having a passion for wanting to sing and entertain people. It came naturally.
MOD: Who were some of your early musical influences?
Diamond: Growing up, my mom and brother always had music playing around the house. My mom was always playing old Motown tunes, and my brother was most likely [to play] Fantasia, so I was always influenced by really soulful and meaningful music.
MOD: How would you describe your music? What is the Diamond White signature sound?
Diamond: I like to describe my music as a bridge between multiple genres. Since I grew up listening to Motown and soulful music, it definitely has a bit of soul. However, because of all the traveling and different sounds I’ve been exposed to, my sound has become a melting pot of all the things that I find beautiful.
MOD: What are some of your favorite songs you’ve ever recorded? If you were to introduce your music to someone who’s never heard it, which tracks would you suggest they start with?
Diamond: Surprisingly, a lot of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded haven’t even been released yet. I think that’s really exciting because no one really knows what to expect from me. That being said, I can’t really tell people which ones to start with, but whichever song they do decide to start with, I know they’ll be shook.
MOD: If you could collaborate with any artist on a song, who would it be & why?
Diamond: I have a lot of different artists that I admire and would love to collaborate with. The list is honestly endless. Off the top of my list, of course, I have to start with Beyoncé because she’s the queen of everything. After that, I’d have to say Pharrell, Willow Smith, NAO, Flume, Frank Ocean, Steve Lacey, and lastly, Migos.
MOD: You’re very stylish! Is it safe to say you’re interested in fashion? How would you describe your look?
Diamond: I am very interested in fashion. One day, I hope to be a fashion icon. I describe my style and look as “if I like it, I wear it, regardless of what everyone else says.”
MOD: You starred in Boo! A Madea Halloween, last year. What was it like working with Tyler Perry?
Diamond: Working with Tyler Perry was a blast. It was my first-ever feature film, and it was the most amazing experience. It definitely gave me the bug to want to start doing more movies and films.
MOD: It must’ve been fun working with such hilarious material! Was there a lot of improv involved or was it strictly a follow-the- script situation?
Diamond: Yes. There was an insane amount of improv and ad-libbing shooting the film, and I honestly think that that is what made it so funny.
MOD: Do you have a preference when it comes to that? Would you rather be allowed to improvise on set or stick to what’s in your script?
Diamond: I think with comedy, it’s more fun to improv and be in the moment and say whatever comes to your mind. However, I think when it comes to more serious scripts, I love to actually stick to the writing and understand/become the character.
MOD: You’ve also had experience with voice acting (Transformers: Rescue Bots, Phineas and Ferb, etc.) Would you consider that more or less challenging than live acting? Why?
Diamond: I think voice acting is more challenging, in a way, than live action. The thing about voice acting is no one can see your face and your expressions, so you have to convey that in all the details of how you speak — that’s where the challenge is.
MOD: What kinds of movies/ shows would you like to act in, in the future? What’s your “dream” role?
Diamond: In the future, I would like to work on more serious roles. One of my dream roles is to have a scene where I completely break down and scream and cry and break things. I like the idea of being able to play a person who is going through something that I’ve never experienced, because that’s where the art of acting truly comes out. Being able to take on a role of a character that has to go through something to get to the point of a complete breakdown (and do it well) would be such an accomplishment.
MOD: Who are some directors/ actors you’d like to work with?
Diamond: I’d really like to work with Michael Bay or Steven Spielberg as directors. As far as actors go, I’d really like to work alongside Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Denzel Washington, and Jennifer Lawrence.
MOD: What can you tell us about your upcoming film Rock Steady Row?
Diamond: I actually can’t say much about Rock Steady Row, but I can say that it was one of the most challenging roles I’ve had until this day, and I got some bruises along the way of filming that.
MOD: What other projects are you currently working on?
Diamond: Coming into this year, I knew that I wanted to make it an extremely musical year for me. So, I’m taking a lot more time to focus on my project and to make it perfect. A lot of people have had the suspicion of me being signed by a major record label, and to be honest, they aren’t way off, but they’re not exactly correct. Going into the project, I wanted to make sure that I had a lot of say and control, so I made it a point to say, whatever I walk into, I need to be allowed to have an opinion and some “pull” on the situation. That being said, by the end of this year, I hope to have a lot of the things that I’ve worked on over the past few years out into the planet so that everyone can get a clearer picture on who I am.
MOD: What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Diamond: My favorite thing to do in my spare time is write. Apart from being boring and the bland nerd that I am, I like to spend time with my friends and talk about how annoying boys are and do spontaneous things around LA.
MOD: If you had to eat one food everyday, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Diamond: That would probably be macaroni because it’s my ultimate favorite.
MOD: What’s the last show you binge-watched?
Diamond: The last show I binge watched is the Goldbergs and New Girl. Those two shows are honestly my favorite.
MOD: What’s the last album you listened to?
Diamond: The last album I listened to, front to back, was probably The Weeknd’s latest album. Absolutely insane.
MOD: What’s the one cosmetic product you cannot live without?
Diamond: One cosmetic product I can’t live without has got to be highlighter. Highlighter brings out the glow that I naturally have as a black girl, and I love it.
MOD: Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would be surprised to know.
Diamond: A fun fact about myself is that I eat Ramen noodles sometimes without cooking them. I know it might be weird, but it’s great. It’s probably even healthier than cooking Ramen noodles and putting the shrimp dust on it, because all the calories and bad stuff come from the little packets, so eating the noodles is way better.
Photographer: Marcelo Cantu (@marcelocantuphoto)
Creative Director: Tasia Prince (@tasiaprince)
Model: Diamond White (@diamondkwhite)
Wardrobe Stylist: Sammy K (@sammykstyle)
Makeup Artist: Steven Tabimba (@glamtechstevent)
Hair Stylist: MiMi G (@amazinglystyled)
Manicurist: Rochanda Michelle (@nailsbyrochanda)
Studio: Milk Studios LA (@milk)