Picturesque: Margaret

Photo Credit: Jason Stone

It’s refreshing to come across someone like Margaret. Undoubtedly, she’s beautiful from head to toe, but what really makes her stand out is her humbleness and personality that you’ll instantly fall in love with. When she’s not modeling, Margaret loves being around her husband and cat. With a new year upon us and new possibilities, we are sure that Margaret will be a standout name in the modeling industry.

When did you take an interest in modeling? 

My husband and I started talking about it about a year ago. He was always taking pictures of me and I noticed that some of them were turning out well. We were living in Michigan at the time and, surprisingly they don’t have many opportunities around the area. My modeling presence really took off in the last six months after we moved to Florida. 

Did you have specific things that you wanted to accomplish in modeling when you started your career? 

Almost every little girl wants to grow up and become a supermodel. When I first started modeling, I felt like I was addressing that little girl inside me. I wanted to make my past-self proud. Now my goal is to spread out and meet other people in the industry like myself, who understand the strength it takes to model and keep doing it because they love it. We’re all searching for something that our younger selves can look up to.

What’s been difficult for you since you began modeling? 

Modeling is a career meaning that even when you’re not working, you’re working. I don’t just show up to shoots ready to go. I have a workout routine, appointments, and creating a social media presence. It takes a lot of time and sometimes it can cause stress. Don’t tell my husband I’m admitting to this, but when I’m stressed, I get a tad grumpy. Even with the difficulties, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

Do you look up to or are you inspired by other models? 

One of my motto’s is that if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. I just recently got into this field and it would be silly to not take advice from professionals who know this business inside and out. I have a couple models on Instagram that I keep in contact with and they do amazing work. Some models have this idea to make it all themselves and not listen to others. Yes, it is competitive, but most of us are still girls and we need to look out for each other because the game can get really unsafe really fast. I am really proud of all my sisters and brothers who make it in this field and achieve their dreams. 

What type of photoshoots do you enjoy the most? 

My favorite kind of shoots are lifestyle. It’s nicer to be shooting in the hot sun with just a bikini, but I don’t like to limit myself to just being “sexy”. The shoot also has a lot to do with the photographer. It’s not a fun shoot if the photographer isn’t willing to have fun. It doesn’t have to be all business so if the photographer is able to goof around with me, it’s probably going to be a good shoot and that shows in my pictures.

Photo Credit: Carla Charrier

When you’re not modeling, what do you enjoy doing? 

When I’m not working, I enjoy hanging out and watching a movie with my man. I’m a big homebody so we don’t go out as much as you might think. I also enjoy spending time with one of my photographers who has also become a great friend for me, Carla of Charrier photography (@charrierphotography). We like to go bowling and play pool. I’m also going to be starting bingo night and force all of my friends to play with me. 

What does a typical day look like for you? 

I tend to wake up anywhere from 6:00am (on accident) to 11:00am (preferred choice). My husband and I work on the Instagram throughout the day. I will start my homework around noon because I am a part time student and marketing major. After my schooling I’ll practice my Spanish. Yo hablo una pequena de espanol. On sunny days I have to tan for about an hour or so. When I get too hot, I jump in the pool to do my laps, crunches and squats. I get to take a little break and spend some time watching one of the three shows I watch over and over while I do my word puzzles. Cory and I usually finish the night with a movie that I pick out where I fall asleep on him, so he is forced to sit there and watch the movie. He agreed to this life when he married me so, that’s his problem.

How has the pandemic affected you and your modeling? 

The pandemic has been hard for my entire career because it basically started when we started working. Shoots get cancelled and it makes me nervous to be around a lot of people, so group photo shoots aren’t an option right now. I make sure that I work with photographers who wear masks wherever they go and that they weren’t possibly exposed. I trust all the photographers I work with to be safe on their own. When the pandemic is over, it will be less stressful not having to worry about getting sick.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Blake Adams
Photo Credit: David Hart

In the next few years, what would you like to accomplish? 

My biggest dream would be to shoot with Kim Kardashian. She inspires me. I think a lot of people get the impression that she’s not a smart person, but she is a marketing genius. If anything has the Kardashian name on it, it’s like gold. I believe she’s also a good person and she cares about the people who helped her get where she is, and I admire that in someone who has it all. Kim K has a lot because she never stopped working towards her dream. I know it may be a silly dream that I probably won’t reach but, to be cliché, “shoot for the moon and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.

What do people need to understand more about you and modeling? 

Modeling is a full-time job and it takes a lot of work. It’s a competitive career and if you’re not willing to give it your all, then it’s not for you. It’s not just about being “pretty” there is a lot of time and effort in this. You need to have a good support system around you. Even if you are pretty or sexy, don’t do this unless you think it will be fun for you. Yes, it is hard work but it’s also extremely rewarding. This is a job, but everyday I’m working is bright and I feel good about what I do. As long as you feel proud about what you do, keep doing it and don’t let people judge you for it, it’s your life not theirs.

Looking back on your modeling career, would you change or do anything differently? 

I’m still early in my career so I’m still learning every day. Some shoots haven’t lived up to my expectation because I didn’t have my A game right. When I get comfortable with a photographer, sometimes I let myself down on my performance. This is something that I’m working on. During post shoots when I’m reviewing my work, I wish I would have posed differently or made a different face, but you live, and you learn. 

Photo Credit: Jason Stone

What are you the proudest of in your life? 

I am proud of the family that I’ve made and the family I’m working on. Some of my friends are in bad places and I am just lucky that I made it to where I am with who I’m with. My husband and I ensure that we know how blessed we are to live the life we do. There are so many people who can’t afford food, shelter, or clothing and we are blessed to be with people we love and have the necessities to make my dreams come true. 

What can people expect to see from you in the future? 

My goals include more commercial work and I’d like to make a difference where I’m able to in the world. I’m heading towards a new project with one of my favorite photographers, Jeffery Blake Adams (@adamsphotopro) called the “Black Mask Project”. This will work towards building confidence in a woman towards her sexuality. A lot of models don’t want to expose themselves for fear that it will determine their whole career. It will depict women in masks either nude or in suggestive attire, so you never know the person behind the mask. It was inspired by another book that he has done called the Alpha Female Book project. He’s a photographer that allows models to show the sweetness and toughness in their personalities. I’m truly excited to be a part of this important project. 

Photo Credit: Jason Stone

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