The Chosen One
The modeling industry may have its share of vicious catfighting, intrigue and melodrama, but upstart model Uriah Denton is having none of that. Blessed with smashing good looks, a passion for the trade and a determined attitude, this Guamanian lass knows that the secret to her happiness lies within herself. A single mother, student, stencil artist and a fresh face in the Asian modeling scene, Uriah Denton is building her dream one pictorial at a time.
Photography by Xander Angeles
Styling by Alyanna Martinez | Hair and Makeup by Qua Mua
Uriah. That’s a very unique name. It’s biblical, isn’t it?
Yes it is! It’s Hebrew and I believe it’s from the Old Testament. Uriah is actually a soldier of King David.
We’re told you’re part Cherokee.
Yes, I am. My grandfather is from South Carolina, and my grandma is from here so I’m really mixed. I’m also part Spanish-Chamorro, Japanese, and Welsh, but I was born here and have lived here all my life.
That was one hot pictorial. We hope you had a great time at the photo shoot.
I thought it was really fun and vibrant. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It was my first time to shoot in the Philippines. Too bad I didn’t get to see much. I only had that one day after the shoot for shopping!
So back here, you do modeling full-time?
No, I’m part-time, but I try to find as much time to expand a portfolio and network.
How did you get into modeling?
I’ve always wanted to be a model, and in November a photographer approached me and kind of let me try a ‘Flickr meet.’ There’s a coordinator that asks photographers and models to have a themed shoot, and a model is just assigned to a group and throughout the time allotted the models rotate. Some use it as a way to expand their portfolio. I found it as a way to find out my weak points so I could work on them.
Would you ever consider becoming a model full time?
Yes, I would love to. Ever since Uno gave me this opportunity to travel, I’ve been hoping to network in the Asian market and hopefully the U.S mainland. It’s such a blessing and a wonderful opportunity.
What’s a day like in the life of Uriah?
Ha! Well, for someone who has a busy schedule I seem to have a lot of time on my hands. I have my son, school, and I used to have a job, but I’m looking for another one.
What are you taking up?
I’m a marketing major.
Does the training come in handy in marketing yourself?
Yes, definitely. I learn a lot. In a way, it makes it so much more easier in the field. I have to compete with other models to get out of the norm, so I don’t just market myself as a model but a serious artist. I see modeling as more than a woman trying to become a model and be pretty in front of a camera. I see it as a form of art, and I think if a model really feels it in her heart that she is the painting on the canvas, then you can really see it in photos. It really projects.
You really have a passion for this?
Yes. I like to see the world from a different perspective. It makes everything more enjoyable and beautiful at that.
What do you draw your inspiration from?
I really like beliefs and ideals of other people. Deepak Chopra is one of my personal favorites. I love all his books. He tends to put more focus on the self, that we should be humbled by what we have and whatever lies in our way. We should always achieve that happiness from within ourselves. Good or bad, there’s always a way to be happy.
And what is it that makes you truly happy?
My son, and just knowing that I am the person I am today.
How’s it feel to be a mom?
It’s a great feeling, I love it. It’s a joy.
He’s almost two.
Who are your favorite artists?
Well, Banksy, of course, and Shepard Fairey who is the creative director for the clothing line Obey.
Any advice for those who want to follow your footsteps?
Don’t give up on a passion. Don’t dream or hope for it. Make it happen. Your self is the only way to achieve the happiness that you desire.