Born and raised in Lima, Ohio, David Entinghe is one of six kids and credits much of his success to the values and principles instilled in him during his upbringing in the Midwest. David started his modeling career in 2005, when he was thrust into the fashion industry after a friend submitted his photos to Cosmopolitan magazine. Shortly thereafter, he signed with a modeling agency, moved to New York City, and went on to grace the runway, catalogs and advertising campaigns for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli, and many others. After nearly 15 years working in the fashion industry, David is most grateful for the lifelong friendships, rich experiences and new opportunities that modeling has afforded him.

Soulivity Editor-at-Large, D’angelo Thompson, got the chance to spend some quality time with him to ask about his life and journey to success, as well as, insights about passion, purpose, and higher quality living. Enjoy!

DT: How long have you been modeling? I know you have many passions like reading, business, and travel…do you consider these hobbies or an integral part of your life?

DE: I started modeling in 2005 while playing college football at Ohio Northern University and ended up being scouted after a friend submitted photos of me to agencies in NYC. For many years, I was with Ford Models, and now represented by Ford/Wilhelmina.

In modeling, there’s a lot of flexibility…so, I dabble in home improvement projects and consider it another source of income and creativity for me.

David Entinghe, wearing Balani Custom Clothiers/photo by Andre Lacour

DT: In a business where image is key, share your favorite beauty products or regime you use?

DE: Every day, I exfoliate, moisturize, and careful not to touch my face throughout the day; and, drink lots of water due to the travel.

I work out often five to six times a week, doing endurance sports and maintaining a healthy diet. As you know, what we eat is just as important as daily exercise.

Photo by Scott Teitler

DT: How has your career opened your eyes?

DE: Coming from a small midwestern town, there was a lot I didn’t know. Thankfully, the Riker Brothers sat me down and gave me the rundown about the industry; and, I am internally grateful.  It really opened my eyes to clients, agents, and friendships.

DT: Share an ideal day for you?

DE: An ideal day for me…30 minutes workout daily; 30 minutes of breathing at night; [doing] administrative work; reconnect[ing] with family and friends. especially on the weekends. During COVID-19, I just check in on friends with video calls and phone calls.

DT: What life lesson would you share with younger people wanting to get into this industry?

DE: Trust your instincts; be strong; stand up for what you believe in; and surround yourself with people you can trust. And, think outside of the box more.

Balani Custom Clothiers-Andre Lecour
David Entinghe, wearing Balani Custom Clothiers/photo by Andre Lacour

DT: What is your life’s purpose?

DE: The last year or two, I’ve been doing a lot a self-reflection; and, figuring out what’s next (or, an addition) to my life’s purpose. I know, it involves helping people, teaching, or mentoring entrepreneurs. Also, [it includes] setting an example for my nieces and nephews.

DT: Finish this sentence, “the shift I would like to see in the world is…”

DE: I would like to see an end to such division. “Treat[ing] others how you want to be treated and treat[ing] other humans with respect.”

DT: What changes have you seen in the modeling industry? Do you think it has improved for women and more diversity?

DE: I definitely have seen a lot more diversity with my existing clients; and, there’s a lot more awareness.

Name: David Entinghe

Job Title: Model/Business Man

Instagram: @davidentinghe


D'angelo Thompson
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Soulivity Editor-at-Large D’angelo Thompson is known for his mastery of beauty and quality aesthetic. He is also one of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after artisans. Originally from Chicago, D’angelo always dreamed of one day taking the beauty industry by the reigns both nationally and internationally; and, in the past two decades, has done so in a phenomenal way. It is his personal vision to elevate his profession by creating a global brand and community, empowering all to see and celebrate their beauty.

As a professional, D’angelo’s expertise extends to beauty, bridal, editorial, commercial, film, TV and private clients. As hair and makeup artist for guests and celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show from 2008 - 2011, D’angelo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations with a win for “Guest Hair” in 2010. Most importantly, in over two decades, D’angelo has developed a body of work that classifies him in the A-list of beauty professionals.  He is currently working with Law & Order SVU (Seasons 17, 18 & 19), Blue Bloods (Season 8), Worst Cooks,/Celebrity, Joy Mangano/IDL, HSN and Pudding Boy Productions.  As an author, D’angelo’s self-published lifestyle and beauty book entitled “Enhanced Beauty” (2016) continues to sell domestically and internationally.