Eva Marcille is not called “Eva the Diva” for nothing. She knew from an early age she was destined for Hollywood and fashion as a model and actress.
Eva always wanted to be the center of attraction as a kid. That’s not surprising when you look at how perfectly sculpted she is.
Becoming America’s Next Top Model was simply the start of her fame. Today, she has a big influence on fashion. And she's got her ideologies that guide her lifestyle as a fashionista.
Style as a Personal Expression
For her, style is personal because everybody has their own style and preferences. It comes from you. the way you make your hair. It’s on your lips. It’s your clothes. What you wear on your feet is fashion. Fashion is labeled. Being fashionable is easy, but being stylish is difficult.
According to Eva, fashion and lifestyle are all about one's emotional state and not about how others perceive you. She believes that what you wear reflects your emotions. She also says that it's not about just putting on labels, it's about being true to oneself.
According to Eva, some days, she feels like a super feminist and likes wearing soft fabrics, like cotton or silk. Then, at times, she feels a bit rough around the edges. And this is where her Gucci coverall comes in.
Fashion Icons and Influences
Eva has some of the greatest mentors in the industry including Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, and Tyra Banks.
Tyra taught Eva that being beautiful from the inside out is more important than having a perfect look. It represents sophistication in clothing.
While talking to the BET in a “Black + Iconic: Style Gods” documentary available on YouTube, she reflects on some of her lessons on fashion and style learned from Tyra Banks and how she taught her that less is more.
She also credits wardrobe stylist and costume designer Raiyonda Vereen as the mastermind behind her iconic style moments seen on Madam.
According to Eva, she defines and continually elevates the character of Madame DeVille, a role she embodies.
“There is a little beautiful black woman named Raiyonda who has created the look of who Marilyn Madame DeVille is. She didn’t just put clothes on me,” Eva told BET.
She spoke of how she completely puts on the character. Raiyonda made sure everything she wears is for a reason. Something as simple as a hanger can be enough to decide whether something works or not. There’s a certain structure – a personality if you please – to who Madame is, and Raiyonda defined it. She continues to elevate it every season.
Eva Marcille’s Professional Achievements
After winning America's Next Top Model, she participated in several television programs and films. As a photo model, after her reality TV victory, she has been on the covers of numerous magazines, including Brides Noir, King, IONA, and Essence.
Features about her have also been published. These include Jewel Magazine, Star Magazine, In DKNY, Touch Weekly, Elle Girl, CoverGirl, and Marc Eckō.