Bucharest, Romania native Andreea Diaconu was discovered while practicing diving at a local swimming pool. Though modeling scouts had previously approached the young athlete, Diaconu, then fifteen years old, finally relented, but only as a means to earn means for karate camp; she became a karate champion.
Upon graduating high school—and studying Communications at the University of Bucharest—the mezzosoprano-turned-model sat for David Sims for two Vogue Paris features, and for Mario Sorrenti for the magazine’s seductive (and sandy) summer cover. J. Crew, meanwhile, featured the enthusiastic surfer in its water-themed style guide and short film directed by Cass Bird, and Vogue used her for its “31 days of Summer” swim series, as well as on the cover of its all-important 2014 September issue. Diaconu also starred in the tony magazine’s Seinfeld and Star Wars themed viral spoofs.
Select credits include the covers of WSJ., Document Journal, The Last Magazine, Self Service, and three additional international editions of Vogue. Diaconu has also appeared in campaigns for Tods, Gucci, Belstaff, Maiyet, and Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karan, Boss, both with Peter Lindbergh.
Diaconu received her big break courtesy of Katie Grand at Pop magazine, going on to intermittently travel internationally and sit for world-renowned photographers. However, once her instructors realized she'd missed three months of classes, and that her doctors and parents had assisted with notes pleading “health complications,” she interrupted her modeling career to complete her studies.
Though reluctant to name her strengths—piercing blue-green eyes, naturally highlighted tresses—Diaconu jokingly notes that she has “heard complaints about her big feet.” She has a passion for painting, languages—she speaks Romanian, Spanish, and English fluently, and is learning French and Italian—and mangananachocolate ice cream.
Off-duty, Diaconu is actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Art and Abolition, an organization dedicated to ending child sex slavery in East Africa.