Artivist, Co-owner DDPRO
Deja Smith is an artist from New York, NY. She began her career as a dancer on Long Island, NY.
She began her training at Venettes Cultural Workshop and Long Island High School for the Arts.
While in high school, she was a regional NAACP ACT-SO award recipient. She continued her
studies at the famed Alvin Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theater of Harlem as a
scholarship recipient. She later attended Southern Methodist University where she obtained a
BFA in dance performance. At SMU, she performed in the choreographic works of Sabrina
Madison-Cannon, Jose Limon, Larry White and August Bournonville. Additional credits include,
Columbia City Ballet and Norwegian Cruise Lines. After a short performance career, Deja made
a milestone decision to make her gender transition and a career change. Deja now works
professionally as an A-list celebrity makeup artist. Her work can be seen in popular magazines,
on red carpets, and in film and television productions nationally and internationally. Her client
roster includes Laverne Cox, Kehinde Wiley and most recently, the cast of POSE on the FX
network. She is also the proud co-owner of the concierge hair and makeup team, DDPRO,
which specializes in providing glam for LGBTQ+ focused projects and community members.
Deja was recently awarded the Callen Lorde Community Health Center, Transcendence Award
for her activist work through her artistic career.
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