Mariama Diallo has the type of passion that makes a morning of conversation effortlessly fade to the afternoon. She spoke with us about everything from her aspirations of becoming an actress to being raised in Guinea.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS.
Quirky, warm, and funny! (because I think I'm hilarious)
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I learned English when I was 11! My first two languages are Fulani and French.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE YOU GREW UP.
I was born and raised in Guinea. It's a country filled with culture and so much history. When I think of home I think of the mango trees, my mom making plantains, and my dad's laughter.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY AND WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE?
Cape Town. I love, love South Africa. It is not only the most beautiful place in the world but it also has amazing food! I had the best sushi, Indian, Korean, and African food while there. First place I go to is this place called Cubana. It's such a vibe. Amazing music, food, and a view!!
BEST PIECE OF FASHION ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
There's no rules. If it makes you feel good and you love it, wear it.
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE TO WHAT IT WAS 5 YEARS AGO?
Omg. Five years ago I'm sure I had no idea what I was doing. I look back wondering what was I thinking!! My style now is much simpler. I love basics like a cute dress, or top with a statement piece.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO ACTING?
I honestly love story telling. I feel like acting gives me the opportunity to see life in so many different perspectives. It allows me to be free and to share a story. It helps me show love, pain, laughter, all things that make us human.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL FEMININE?
Smelling good! I know it's weird but something about wearing my fav perfume (flowerbomb) makes me feel so empowered and so sexy! Idk... it's my little secret. It makes me feel good and that's feminine to me.
WHAT AYAI PIECE CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
The Minka top of course! I wear it everywhere!! From castings to dinner I love how versatile it is.