Thursday Q&A with modelling agent Dana Pizzolato

Dana Pizzolato

Originally from the city that boasts the world’s biggest nickel, Dana Pizzolato moved to Ottawa to study communications and work in fashion. These days, she works at Models International Management’s booking agent. She answered Style’s many questions.

OCS: Who are your style icons?

DP: Chloë Sevigny. From Jennie in Kids to Nicolette in Big Love, she always looks great.

OCS: What’s on your bedside table?

DP: My tablet and chap stick. Somebody should make a tablet stylus that’s also chapstick. #patentpending

OCS: Best home accessory?

DP: I love the custom mural in my living room. It’s a crazy random painting of chubby unicorns protecting a castle. It’s painted by a local artist called Rurick who just opened a gallery in Montreal called Wzrds Gng.

OCS: Best recent fashion find?

DP: Don’t go here if you like shoes, you won’t leave.

OCS: Who would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?

DP: Do I have to cook? If so, I’d invite Anthony Bourdain. He’d be able to give me some kitchen tips, and he’s well-travelled.

OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?

DP: It would have been amazing to see The Sex Pistols play when they were managed by Malcolm McLaren.

OCS: What’s your earliest memory?

DP: Hanging out with my brother. I was his shadow for most of my childhood. When I was 10, he convinced me to test a bike ramp to make sure it was safe. It wasn’t.

OCS: Your biggest fashion faux-pas, when, where and how?

DP: I recently tried to pull off wearing trendy orange lipstick but ended up looking like a kid who drank too much Orange Crush.

OCS: Proudest moment?

DP:  I’m lucky. I get to feel proud on a regular basis through my job. I work with young, timid girls, who I see transform into these confident and fierce models. Seeing them on a runway is really fulfilling because I know just the week prior they were stumbling in their five-inch heels.

OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?

DP: My house has the basics. I move a lot.

OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?

DP: Someone who can make me laugh; like, all the time. I also really admire someone with a passion in life.

OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).

DP: Anywhere in the world? I guess it would start on some billionaire’s private island. We’d spend the day touring on a yacht, eating fine foods and being pampered all day. Or snacks and movies. That’s fun too.

OCS: Favourite local artist (doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?

DP:  My friend Travis plays in The Richardson Band. I’d tell everyone to go see them but I think their bass player moved away…

OCS: Best book you read in the past year?

DP: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. (I didn’t technically read it though. I listened to the audio book. Don’t judge me.)

OCS: Favourite food?

DP: Cheese. Every kind. All the time.

OCS: Most-often-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?

DP: I have a secret girl-crush on the Dum Dum Girls. They’re easy on the eyes and the ears.

OCS: Wine, beer or both?

DP: Vodka.

OCS: Mac or PC?

DP: Mac.

OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?

DP: Fine dining. I’m a vegetarian and I love ordering off-menu. Sometimes it’s just asking for tofu substitutes but if it’s a really nice restaurant, I like to be surprised and tell them to make something special for me. I’m sure the chef likes the challenge… hopefully.

OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?

DP: Oz Café. You will definitely find me here on most nights, or Sunday mornings for their Hangover Brunch menu.

OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest you live in Ottawa?

DP: Ottawa has a lot of creative people doing really amazing things. We have a lot of people wanting to change this “government town” mentality and I like that. I went to the launch party of Herd magazine recently and the place was packed. Someone told me they waited an hour to get in. I think seeing how people come together to support these creative initiatives makes me love this city. There’s a great support network for new initiatives.

OCS: Fave blog or website?

DP: I can spend hours on tumblr. It’s like a online art gallery with people curating and collecting their favorite photos. Only the art gallery is run by hip tweens.

OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?

DP: You can find me on both, even on Tumblr. @dana_pizzolato or

OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?

DP:  I would say chocolate, but I eat it often and I really don’t feel all that guilty. I guess my guilty pleasure is that I’m a pop culture nerd and read a lot of gossip blogs. I can tell you anything you want to know about Lindsay Lohan.

OCS: Favourite place to spend time?

DP:  My favourite place might have to be the internet. I recently watched a guy, covered in head-to-toe Redbull logos, base jump from friggin space. Then I watched Gossip Girl.

OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?

DP: I don’t know, I’m 23 years old. I live for today, not tomorrow.

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