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Doina Ciobanu is one of fashion’s new breed of hybrid creative influencers whose interests span styling, photography, modelling and social activism. From attending fashion week to fronting Versace’s campaign, a quick glance at her Instagram reveals her creative flair and unique eye for fashion. Ciobanu, who describes her style as chameleonic, got into modelling at the behest of her mother who she credits with her interest in clothes. “My mum always had an amazing sense of style, so it definitely stuck with me. But unlike my mum, my approach to fashion was always more rebellious.”
A digital native with an independent spirit, she grew up in ‘90s Moldova and her Eastern outlook has shaped her approach to work and life. “I evolved to be hard working and responsible for myself.” The post-communist world she experienced inspired an interest in history and politics and helped her develop a strong voice. Ciobanu deplores the stereotypes attached to women in fashion and works hard to counter them through her blog, The Golden Diamonds, which began as a platform for sharing her style as well as her ideas. “At the time there was a huge stereotype of ‘if you work in fashion you must be stupid’ or ‘women who dress well aren’t intelligent’. I saw it as a flaw in social thinking and worked to change that.”