100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Dilone

Photo courtesy Dilone

23-year-old model Dilone was raised on Long Island in a “very crazy Latin household” with nine siblings. At a young age, Dilone got comfortable being the center of attention. “I was a dancer growing up,” she says. “I always enjoyed entertaining and putting on shows for family and friends.” While still only a teenager, she moved to NYC to pursue modeling—and it paid off. A year and a half ago, she signed with DNA, one of the world’s top three modeling agencies. Since then, her career has blown up (she was featured as part of a same-sex pairing for an American Eagle campaign that could be found on billboards in Brooklyn and plastered all over subway stations), and she’s looking forward to “diving into acting” as a way to better express herself and her creativity. Although out and proud, Dilone defies labels. “The way I identify myself has changed, continues to change, and I imagine always will. There’s no one who knows better than myself who or what it is that I want. Listening to my heart—rather than to the labels and stereotypes that have been used to define my preferences—has brought me love and happiness that no one can ever take away from me.” —SLO