This week we interviewed beauty/goddess/artist/etc.
Claire Aly Dean
Tell me about yourself
I’m Claire and I’m a 19-year old model/influencer with TGS and working as a hostess at an Italian restaurant in Downtown Long Beach! Also, I’m currently in college studying business and photojournalism.
What made you want to start modeling?
My friends/family have always told me that I’m photogenic. I enjoy the art of creating/self-expression, so I took the leap and I’m so glad I did!
How did you find out about TGS?
Through the boss lady herself, Alex Morehouse. We connected through social media when TGS was a smaller business back in 2017. I applied and then everything went from there!
Why did you join TGS?
I love what it stands for, I love who created it, and the idea that creatives can connect and brand themselves as artists. I have gained so much confidence and knowledge of modeling/photography. Because of it, I am so grateful of the opportunities I’ve had/are yet to come.
Where do you get your Inspo?
I do love finding inspiration through magazines like Vogue and social media apps like Instagram, but I also like to take some personal time to find what inspires me whether that be elements of nature or visualizing concepts.
Fave aesthetic, look or theme when shooting?
Now I do love the pretty, dainty looks with flowy dresses and flowers… but I think my favorite look when shooting is alternative/edgy.
Do you have other creative friends you like to meetup with and brainstorm?
I certainly do thanks to TGS, so many of my friends I have met/connected with through meetups and events TGS has hosted. We are all super busy with our lives, but we do try and link up to hang out while thinking of new ideas!
Most interesting story revolving around modeling/photography
This was hard to pick one story, but one of my favorite times was when me and a few other boss girls from TGS (models and photographers) went to Mammoth for a few days to shoot/create content. We woke up at 5 am to go to the Hot Springs for sunrise, which waking up at that hour was already insane for me. When we drove over to the springs, it was 32 degrees and lightly snowing. We may have looked ridiculous wearing bikinis and thigh-high socks with winter coats, but it was beyond worth it. Being in the hot springs felt like you were in another world, with vast open grassland and the huge snowy mountains in the distance. We spent a few hours shooting and that was all we could handle being in the cold… on my way back my toenail basically fell off! Definitely one of the most memorable trips I’ve had creating content.
Random stuff about you
I rode horses for 11 + years. I have two tattoos, a rose on my arm and dragon on my back! I’m a Sagittarius, turning 20 next month in December! Although people always think I’m in my mid-twenties. I’ve worked as a hostess at an Italian restaurant for almost 2 years called L’Opera Ristorante. Even though I'm in a fancy restaurant all the time, I still am a Taco Bell regular