|Mary Rosenberger in a photoshoot for Nasty Gal.|
By Jenae Lee
The whole school year, Mary Rosenberger was the kind of girl that I would smile at every once in a while when I saw her, but I never had a conversation with her. I was acquainted with Mary through Facebook and Tumblr. I knew a bit about her and how she was a model. Mary, soon to be 17, has modeled for SF Magazine and online clothing stores such as Nasty Gal and 80’s Purple. So when I found out that I had to interview someone in the fashion industry for Fashion Journalism, I saw this as a great opportunity to get to know her more.
I waited for her at Starbucks on a Monday evening. I looked around waiting to see her head of blonde, yellow hair to appear. Then finally she came. Tall, of course, with her long, blonde hair down and a beaming smile. As she got closer I saw that Mary has a small face with great skin, cute freckles, and brown eyes. She wore a black pencil mini skirt with a blue striped tube top, and a layered chain necklace.
|In another shoot for 80's Purple.|
Modeling was something that her Mom had suggested to her because she believed that she would succeed (if you ever see her you’ll see why). Mary put together a portfolio and brought it to Ford Models in September 2009. They didn’t like her photos but they liked her look. So they handed her and her Mom this huge paper “that literally took her 15 minutes to read,” and ask her if she could come in a swim suit the next week.
For Mary, modeling wasn’t something that she always wanted to do.
|One of Mary's photos in her portfolio for Ford Models.|
When I asked her what she liked about modeling she responded, “The money,” with a grin and that she got to wear some cool clothes.
Then I asked her what she didn’t like about being a model. She explained to me that the modeling world is very competitive and that you have to keep on top of things and keep an eye on your weight. Mary is the kind of girl who likes food so having to constantly think about weight is a bother to her. She goes to the gym everyday to keep herself in shape.
“Modeling is something that you have to think about all the time. It’s not the kind of job that you can go to work for a couple hours and then go home and forget about it.”
|Mary in the SF Magazine spread in March 2010. |
Here she is wearing Prada teal organza cloquet jacket and shorts,
black organza croquet top and YSL heels. Photographed by JUCO.
“The clothes were beautiful. The photographer was great. I got to wear clothes from Prada, Gucci, YSL, clothes that would cost more than my entire wardrobe.”
Does Mary prefer photo shoots or runway? To her photo shoots are more laidback but it can take a while to get “that one picture,” while in runway shows there is more pressure but they are over faster. Mary hasn’t done that many runway shows but she would like to walk for them in the future.
If Mary could model for anyone, she would model for Marc Jacobs. She loves everything that he creates and admires his crazy prints plus the hair and makeup in all of his shows.
Mary’s favorite model is the gapped-tooth model, Lara Stone. Mary describes her as “pretty, but not in a classical way.”
|Lara Stone in i-d magazine.|
|Mary in an online ad for Nasty Gal.|